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SIA Licence Appeals

The security sector is overseen by a regulatory body known as the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Those who work as a doorman or guard have to adhere to rules and regulations, including having a valid licence. Failure to comply can lead to severe punishment, including imprisonment, and your licence being revoked.

We’re one of the few solicitors that specialise in this area, and we’re here to support you – whether you’re under investigation or at risk of having your licence refused.

How can I lose my SIA licence?

If you work as a doorman or guard regulated by the SIA, you are required to comply with the licensing criteria published by the SIA under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA can suspend or revoke your licence for a number of reasons, including:

  • Being convicted of a criminal offence
  • Receiving a caution for a criminal offence
  • Other behaviour which causes concern

The SIA has the power to suspend your licence for a period time or remove it altogether, preventing you from being able to work in the security industry. To stand the best chance of this not happening, you should speak to an experienced criminal defence who can act on your behalf in an appeal.

How we can help

If you have been contacted by the SIA and are facing a licence suspension or revocation, contact us immediately. There are strict time limits for lodging representations or an appeal. We have lawyers who specialise in SIA licence appeals and can provide advice and representation at short notice. We are able to help with the following issues:

  • Licence suspension
  • Licence revocation
  • Appeals
  • Meetings with the SIA investigators
  • Interviews under caution

Our lawyers are experienced in all aspects of criminal law and can bring that experience to your aid in preserving your licence. Often we can achieve a positive review of the decision by making representations on your behalf, but you also have the option of appeal to the Magistrates Court and beyond. We will advise you throughout appeal proceedings and act on your behalf in all investigations.


There is no legal aid to fund SIA matters. We can therefore only act for you on a privately funded basis. Please contact us to discuss our competitive fixed fees.

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If you are facing issues with the SIA, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you with legal advice and assistance. Call our 24/7 helpline on (0333) 016 3333.

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