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state aid

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State aid rules for public funds are governed by European legislation and case law. Access to expertise is vital for a project’s success where this involves public funding, support or other investment. From advising on specific grants to large scale redevelopment projects, our specialist team provides sector specific advice on all aspects of state aid. We use our experience of advising aid providers and recipients across several sectors, and in a wide range of circumstances, to identify a route to state aid compliance that eliminates the risk of challenges without departing from your key goals and objectives.

what we do...

  • Our clients - central and local government, NHS Trusts and other public sector bodies (such as government agencies and LEPS) private and third sector organisations entering into joint ventures with the public sector and seeking grants or other public sector investment mutuals and publicly owned companies.
  • Our expertise - dealing with both public and private clients enables us to provide bespoke solutions without ‘reinventing the wheel’.
  • Sector experience - social care, education, health, government and public sector.
  • Four dedicated specialists - working nationally.
  • Our services - interpretation of European legislation and case law, funding issues using block exemptions and approved schemes, strategic policy reviews, funding decisions and challenges, joint venture vehicles and funding structures competition law, Private Finance Initiative/Public Private Partnership/projects, corporate finance, property.
  • Bespoke training - on state aid rules and their practical application.
  • Industry memberships – UK State aid Lawyers Association (Competition Law Association), Procurement Law Association.

related resources

COVID-19 for local authorities, arms length bodies and government - 30th April 2020

An update on current issues including avoiding legal challenge to procurement decisions, public decision making, state aid and commercial and supply chain.

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Legal updates

The new State aid Temporary Framework

The new State aid Temporary Framework has been adapted by the European Commission due to the disruption that the coronavirus has caused.

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Legal updates

EU adopts Temporary State aid Framework in response to COVID-19

The European Commission has adopted a Temporary State Aid Framework to increase Member States’ ability to support their economies in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It did the same thing in 2008 as a response to the global financial crisis.

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State aid - getting the basics right

This webinar will set out the basics of state aid rules and is accessible to lawyers and non-lawyers. We will work through practical examples and provide tips on how state aid assessments can be streamlined to avoid the delays and disruptions often associated with state aid compliance.

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recent experience

Peter Ware

Peter Ware

Partner and Head of Government Sector

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