The Security Industry Authority (‘SIA’) was formed under the Private Security Industry Act (‘the Act’) with the intent of raising standards of all those, both companies and individuals, engaged in private security business.

The SIA regulates the standards and training and is responsible for the compulsory licensing of both companies and individuals.

Conducting private security work without a licence, or not in accordance with a licence, is a criminal offence which may result in a prison sentence and John Veale of Kangs Solicitors considers the same.

The team at Kangs Solicitors has vast experience and is highly regarded nationwide for assisting clients facing serious allegations of every nature, including those involving regulatory offences, where investigations/prosecutions have been carried out by the SIA or other regulatory authority.

Our team is led by Hamraj Kang who is recognised as a leading expert in the field of criminal defence work.  He is one of only two solicitors nationally to be ranked as a ‘star individual’ for five consecutive years in the legal directory Chambers & Partners.

Other members of the team are ranked in the Legal 500 and also ranked in Chambers & Partners.

For an initial no obligation discussion, please call our Team at any of our offices detailed below:

The Criminal Offence | Kangs Security Offences Defence Lawyers

Conduct prohibited without a licence.

Section 3 of the Act provides that:

(1)it is an offence for a person to engage in any licensable conduct except under and in accordance with a licence.

(2) a person engages in licensable conduct if they:

  • carry out any designated activities for the purposes of, or in connection with, any contract for the supply of services under which their business is or may be required to secure that any such activities are carried out,
  • are employed by a business and carry out any designated activities for the purposes of, or in connection with, any contract for the supply of services under which their employer is or may be so required,
  • carry out any designated activities in accordance with directions given to them by or on behalf of a person to whom their services are supplied by their business, or by a person employed by their business or may be required to work in accordance with the directions of another,
  • act in the course of any employment as the manager or supervisor of one or more individuals required in the course of their employment to engage in licensable conduct,
  • act in the course of any employment as a manager or supervisor under directions given to them by or on behalf of a person to whom their services are supplied by their business, or a person employed by their business or may be required to work in accordance with the directions of another,
  • are the director/partner of business at a time when another of the directors or partners of the business, or any employee of the business engages in licensable conduct as above,
  • employ an individual who in the course of any employment carries out any designated activities subject to additional controls,
  • in their capacity as a director or partner of a business, carry out designated activities subject to additional controls,
  • in the course of any employment of theirs, by any person, act as the manager or supervisor of one or more individuals the duties of whose employment involve the carrying out of any designated activities subject to additional controls.

Schedule 2 defines the activities that are to be treated as the activities of a security operative for the purposes of the Act and those which, so far as they are designated, are subject to additional controls.

Penalties Upon Conviction | Kangs Regulatory Offences Defence Solicitors

A person guilty of an offence under Section 3 may be imprisoned for a term not exceeding six months, receive a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or both.

Who Can I Contact for Advice & Help? | Kangs National Criminal Defence Solicitors

If you are subject to any investigation in respect of any alleged criminal conduct, whether by the SIA,  the police or any other authority you should seek expert advice mediately.

Please do not hesitate to contact the team at Kangs Solicitors through any of the following who will be pleased to speak to you:

Hamraj Kang
hkang@kangssolicitors.co.uk
07976 258171 | 020 7936 6396 | 0121 449 9888

John Veale
jveale@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0161 817 5020  | 020 7936 6396 07989 521 210

Tim Thompson
tthompson@kangssolicitors.co.uk
020 7936 6396 0121 449 9888