State Aid and Social Value


How to do good things and not breach state aid law

Wednesday 2 December 2015,9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Browne Jacobson, Nottingham (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Browne Jacobson’s offices in Birmingham)

Presented by Bevan Brittan and Browne Jacobson

Seminar overview

This advanced level  course is intended for lawyers and other colleagues with  some knowledge of state aid principles and will focus on the application of  these to specific  issues which arise in practice for local authorities  as they look at  economic development,  transfer of activities to spin out companies and social enterprises, and wider support to local activities.  This will include consideration of the way the State aid modernisation programme and, in particular, the new General Block Exemption Regulations have affected the  scope of  and opportunities for support, and the pitfalls to be avoided. We will also look at recent cases and trends in  the Commission’s workand talk about how these are likely to affect local authorities’ funding of social projects.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Market operator principles
  • Impact on trade between member states and competition
  • Loan agreements
  • Grants
  • Guarantees
  • SGEI
  • Social purposes and state aid
  • Update on recent cases and trends

Duration: Half a day (3 CPD points) including lunch

Speaker profiles:

David Owens is a partner in Bevan Brittan’s Commercial and infrastructure department. He advises local authorities and other public bodies on a range of competition and state aid issues, including support for local enterprise partnerships and advising on spin out companies from public bodies.

Sharon Jones is of Counsel (and a former partner) in Browne Jacobson’s Government and Infrastructure team. She has a particular expertise in State aid, public procurement and other competition issues and her extensive experience also includes advising on projects, funding agreements and joint ventures for a largely public sector client base.

Alex Kynoch is a solicitor in Browne Jacobson’s Government and Infrastructure team who regularly advises central and local government on a wide range of national and local State aid matters. Alex also advises LEPs and private grant applicants on State aid funding and is a regular speaker at seminars and training sessions. 

How to book

To book a place on this seminar please contact Julie Scheller on 0845 272 5701 or email julie.scheller@freeths.co.uk



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