Webinar Wednesday – Martyn’s Law: The Protect Duty

Wednesday 26 January 2022

Figen Murray’s son Martyn was one of the 22 people killed in the Manchester Area attack in 2017. As a result, she started a petition for tougher security measures. 

The Government launched a consultation from 26 February 2021 to 2 July 2021, seeking views on how the new Protect Duty. The aim of the Duty is to protect the public by imposing duties on owners of publicly accessible locations and large organisations to assess the risk of terrorism, implement measures and reduce that risk and put in place robust plans. 

Paul Tarne, Partner and Head of Public Sector, and Rose McNeil, Solicitor in the Catastrophic Injury Team at BLM, provide an overview of the outcome of the consultation and the issues that the proposed legislation seek to address.  

Rose and Paul represent a Core Participant in the Manchester Arena Inquiry and offer some insights into what lessons can be learned from the evidence regarding security arrangements. They also consider some of the practical implications and considerations for the public sector, including the wider legal implications of the imposition of the formal Protect Duty. 

Rose McNeil (rosanne.mcneil@blmlaw.com) is a Solicitor in the Catastrophic Injury Team at BLM. 

Paul Tarne (paul.tarne@blmlaw.com) is a Partner and Head of Public Sector at BLM. 

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