We’re well known for our in-depth experience of all aspects of State Aid, from funding applications and projects, through to public-private collaborations and partnerships, including major regeneration, infrastructure and inward investment projects.
We’re trusted by clients to find the right solutions to make projects happen. Our approach is grounded in experience, deep knowledge of this complex area of law, economic and financial awareness and a practical, ‘can do’ style.
Our public sector clients include over 100 local authorities, education and healthcare providers, Local Enterprise Partnerships and many central government agencies. We also act for private businesses from multi-nationals to SMEs and charities seeking public financial assistance, and businesses concerned that competitors may have received illegal State Aid.
We have advised on numerous European Commission State Aid investigations and actions before the EU and national courts, and other investigations with national authorities. Many of these matters involve large, high-profile projects with considerable public investment, resulting in a high risk of challenge. What sets us apart is our genuine niche expertise in this area which enables us to support our clients in structuring state intervention with minimal distortion and a strong success rate in finding the right solution to complete the project.
Jonathan Branton, Head of EU Competition at global legal business DWF, has commented on yesterday's approval by the European Commission of a €500 billion German fund.
The European Commission has announced a series of changes to EU State aid exemptions, recognising the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The headline change is the extension of multiple existing exemptions, in some cases until 2023.
Issue 14, 3 July 2020: All of the key government coronavirus news and guidance in a weekly legal update.
On the 29 June 2020, there was welcome news for many organisations which have previously been rejected from obtaining public funding due to the inclusion of the "undertaking in difficulty" test in the State aid Temporary Framework, which has meant that those not satisfying this test as at the end of December 2019 were excluded from support.
Project Birch is the UK Government's new emergency assistance plan under which public funding shall be made available to strategically important, large companies across all sectors in the UK with the objective of ensuring these survive the financial damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is reported that the UK Government is close to agreeing a deal with Tata Steel to help preserve up to 8,000 jobs. If confirmed, then this would be Government's first "Project Birch" intervention that has been made public.
Issue 13, 26 June 2020: All of the key government coronavirus news and guidance in a weekly legal update.
Issue 12, 19 June 2020: All of the key government coronavirus news and guidance in a weekly legal update.
From 22 June, local authorities will have new powers to keep cyclists safe. The plans, announced by the Department of Transport, are part of the Government's aim to build a "greener, healthier and more resilient transport network". We look at the measures announced so far, the impact of COVID-19 and the future of cycling schemes for local authorities.
The Financial Times reports that the UK Government is planning to unveil a significant economic stimulus package in July 2020. As part of the preparation process, the country's Local Enterprise Partnerships and Mayoral Combined Authorities have been asked to submit lists of "shovel ready" capital projects by Thursday 18th June 2020. The move comes with only 200 days until the transition period with the EU is scheduled to come to an end, raising questions about the long term replacement for the UK's EU funds, the United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund.