Security Industry Authority (SIA) Licensing

We’re one of the few solicitors that specialise in Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensing, and we’re here to support you. Whether you’re under investigation, at risk of having your licence refused, the subject of a prosecution or wish to appeal a SIA decision, we have the expertise you need.

Legal support for the private security industry

The SIA regulates everything from static manned guarding, key holder duties and door supervisors to close protection and CCTV, so its remit covers businesses including pubs, restaurants, clubs, hotels, sports venues, concert venues and festivals.

If you’re subject to its licensing requirements, our straightforward, pragmatic approach and our relationships with the SIA and other agencies across the UK enable us to secure and safeguard your licence with the minimum of fuss.

We’re experts in this area of law and are experienced in using the SIA published guidance to provide advice and support, no matter what circumstances, helping to protect your business and its reputation.

Our SIA specialists can help you across a range of issues

We work with our clients on licence refusals, suspension and revocation of licences, investigations and meetings with the SIA investigators. We also assist with interviews under caution (PACE interviews), prosecutions and appeals – such as provision of services without a licence or deployment of unlicensed individuals – and provide advice for individuals who fall within the SIA’s ‘Consider Additional Factors’ (“CAF”) category. We can also help if your of Approved Contractor Scheme (“ACS”) accreditation has been withdrawn or you are facing withdrawal.

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M Shepherd Client testimonial

As well as being incredibly professional and conscientious, Ruth was also incredibly kind and reassuring. This was a very difficult time for me, which had gone on for a long time.

Ruth reassured me with her knowledge of the law but was also a caring and empathetic person to be around. I honestly would not have got through it without her. Thank you so much Ruth.

Client An inquest and with insurance difficulties

As someone who practices at the Bar almost exclusively in the area of health and safety and regulatory law … I can say that Jonathan (Edwards) has a well-deserved reputation for being at the top of his professional tree.

He has a vast array of legal knowledge and also possesses considerable tactical and strategic acumen in relation to whether or not cases should be defended….

James Leonard, Barrister Outer Temple Chambers

I have worked with Jonathan Edwards as my ‘go-to’ legal specialist for over two decades. His strong technical skills backed up by an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the insurance market make him unique and he adds genuine value off the back of this. He has a calm and friendly nature, always taking time to understand us as a business and I am truly grateful for the invaluable support he has provided me over the years.


Jamie Lewis, Managing Director Jensten Group Ltd

I have instructed Jonathan over many years, because he quickly grasps and focuses on the key issues of an assignment, provides strong technical advice and delivers excellent outcomes. I know he is very well regarded in the insurance market. Just as importantly, he has a really positive manner that puts clients at their complete ease. He is someone I would thoroughly recommend.

Strong technical advice

Jonathan Edwards is a tremendous asset to have on your side. He combines a forensic eye for detail with astute tactical and practical advice derived from his many years of experience. His case analysis, judgment and ability to master complicated factual and technical details with ease mark him out as an outstanding lawyer. Jonathan is always approachable and calm in even the most highly pressurised situations and he adds real value to every case in which he is instructed.

Angus Withington QC Henderson Chambers

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