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

Our Understanding Subsidy Control Law training course gives you the guidance and knowledge on the relevant regulation and legislation, such as the incoming Subsidy Control Bill (expected to be introduced to Parliament from September 2021).

Attend our course to gain an overview of how subsidy control works within the public sector, what has changed due to Brexit and develop a firmer understanding of subsidy procedures and relevant enforcement measures.

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Please note we will use Zoom to virtually deliver this course.

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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

  • Understand how Brexit has impacted subsidy control
  • Gain a firmer understanding of the Subsidy Control Bill
  • Learn about the procedural aspects of subsidy control
  • Ascertain how the legislation and regulation will be enforced
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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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?
  • Learn key terms and definitions
  • Better under how subsidy control law impacts 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 and development / economic development
    • Commercial ventures by public authorities
    • Loan Guarantees
    • Public – Private Partnerships
11:00 - 11:15


11:15 - 12:00

Workshop I: Subsidy Control Post-Brexit

  • 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: Understanding Subsidy Legislation and Regulation

  • Understand the Subsidy Control Bill
  • 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
  • Recording details of your subsidy on the BEIS subsidy website
  • Seeking external legal advice
14:45 - 15:00


15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: (IV): Enforcement

  • Enforcement procedures by Regulators:
    • Under EU State aid law
    • Under the TCA / Subsidy Control Bill
    • 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


Central Government & Agencies - Virtual

Delegate Price
£345 + VAT

Local Government, Housing, Education & Health - Virtual

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£345 + VAT

Charity - Virtual

Delegate Price
£345 + VAT

Private Sector - Virtual

Delegate Price
£445 + VAT