The Licensing Act 2003 has seen an increase in security requirements for licensed premises. Stephanie Cope examines the implications for parties to personal injury actions involving door supervisors
The licensed trade has sought to distance itself from the image of the aggressive nightclub ‘bouncer’ meting out violence while policing late night licensed premises. The government too has sought to regulate those working in the security industry by setting up the Security Industry Authority (SIA), a body created under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 to “manage the licensing of the private security industry... [and] to raise standards of professionalism and skills within the private security industry and to promote and spread best practice”. As a result, ‘door supervisors’ must now be trained and licensed.
But these measures cannot eliminate the possibility of a door supervisor assaulting a member of the public. The nature...