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Brexit has had a significant impact on how the UK regulates subsidies (formerly known as State aid) to commercial organisations. Gaining a firmer understanding of how subsidies will be administered and regulated is essential for organisations which give or receive state subsidies.

Attend this Understanding Subsidy Control Law training course to gain an overview of the Subsidy Control Act, the new UK subsidy control regime and how it works within the public sector, learn what has changed due to Brexit, gain a firmer understanding of subsidy procedures and relevant enforcement measures.

Through relevant case studies, learn how to comply with subsidy control legislation and procedures.

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Duncan Gillespie

With nearly 20 years of experience, Duncan is an established solicitor specialising in all aspects of EU law competition and regulatory law.

Mr Gillespie was a Partner in a major international law firm in the City of London for nearly 10 years, where he specialised in EU and competition law.  He now practices as an independent legal consultant specialising in all aspects of commercial law, including technology and engineering contracts, competition law, data protection and regulatory law.

A primary focus of Duncan’s work is State aid law, where he advises public sector bodies, private companies under ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Obtain an overall understanding of the new UK subsidy control regime under the SCA 22
  • Understand what has changed since Brexit
  • Gain a firmer understanding of the Subsidy Control Act 2022
  • Learn about the procedural aspects of subsidy control
  • Ascertain how the legislation and regulation will be enforced
  • Understand the key concepts, such as services of public economic interest, subsidies of interest, subsidies of particular interest and streamlined subsidy schemes
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09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:00

Subsidy Control and the Public Sector

  • What is a subsidy?
  • The key terms and definitions
  • Better under how subsidy control law may impact your work
  • Examples of typical types of public intervention that may involve a subsidy, including:
    • Construction of Infrastructure
    • Regeneration of brownfield land
    • Support for housing developments
    • Support for research, development and innovation
    • Support for Environmental Protection
    • Commercial ventures by public authorities
    • Loans and Loan Guarantees
    • Public – Private Partnerships
11:00 - 11:15


11:15 - 12:00

Workshop I: The New Subsidy Control Regime in Context

  • Establish the impact of Brexit on State aid and subsidy control
  • Identify the key tenets of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA)
  • Continued application of State aid law under the Northern Ireland protocol
  • What’s changing and what’s stayed the same?
  • The role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other trade agreements
12:00 - 13:00

Workshop II: Detailed Overview of the Subsidy Control Act 2022

  • Gain insight into what the regulatory framework will look like
  • Learn about the current regulation and guidance
  • Key cases
  • Pitfalls to avoid
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

Workshop (III): Procedural Aspects of Subsidy Control

  • Documenting your decision to grant a subsidy
  • Contractual provisions to include in funding agreements
  • Making use of Streamlined Routes to compliance
  • Granting subsidies for Services of Public Economic Interest or under the Minimal financial Assistance exemption
  • Engaging with the Competition and Markets Authority
  • Recording details of your subsidy on the BEIS transparency database
  • Seeking external legal advice
14:45 - 15:00


15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: (IV):Enforcement

  • Enforcement procedures by Regulators:
    • Under the Subsidy Control Act 2022
    • Under the WTO and other trade agreements
  • Private enforcement
    • Rights of third parties to challenge proposed subsidies
    • Damages actions?
    • Appeals
16:00 - 16:15

Round Up and Key Takeaways