Subsidy Control

As one of the UK’s leading firms advising the public sector, many of our clients are affected by the Subsidy Control Act 2022 which sets out the UK’s prevailing subsidy control rules.

As such, we have accumulated a wealth of experience in advising on matters relating to subsidies and schemes and when they can be validly given.

Our recognised team of experts are able to break down the complexities of the new subsidy control regime to give pragmatic, solution-focused advice.

Their expertise covers a range of areas including analysis of compliance with subsidy control principles, the use of streamlined routes and assistance with referrals to the Subsidy Advice Unit.

We have extensive experience advising the public sector and the private sector (as beneficiaries to subsidies), meaning we are able to propose suitably tailored routes to subsidy control compliance for our clients. We regularly advise on the following:

  • Designing and issuing grant schemes in compliance with the subsidy control principles
  • Drafting assessments of subsidies against the principles (as required under the new regime)
  • Whether a subsidy arises
  • The scope of automatically unlawful subsidies
  • Exemptions to the new regime, streamlined routes and subsidy schemes
  • The continuing application of EU State aid rules and the Northern Ireland Protocol (where applicable)

Our experts also regularly provide training for public bodies on all aspects of the new regime.

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Subsidy Advice Report Tracker

Tees Valley Combined Authority, Hartlepool Leisure Centre

The proposed subsidy is worth £15.25m in the form of a grant (applied through the overall Hartlepool Waterfront Programme) for...
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DLUHC, Investment Zones Scheme

DLUHC is proposing to introduce the Investment Zones Scheme, which aims to support investment and the development of economic clusters...
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DESNZ, Capacity Market Scheme

The Capacity Market is a key mechanism for securing sufficient electricity supplies in GB. It gives suppliers steady payment in...
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Transport Scotland, Network Subsidy Grant (“NSG”) scheme

Transport Scotland is proposing to continue the NSG scheme, which aims to support bus operators to keep fares on local...
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The Arts Council of England, subsidy to the English National Opera

The Arts Council of England is proposing to grant a £24 million subsidy to the English National Opera. This is...
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Belfast City Council, Subsidy to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Belfast City Council (‘BCC’) is proposing to provide Mid and East Antrim Borough Council (‘MEABC’) with £12.6 million in the...
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Welsh Government, Development Bank of Wales Rescue and Restructuring Scheme

This Subsidy Scheme of Particular Interest concerned a scheme to provide support to ailing and insolvent small and medium sized...
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London Borough of Barnet, Related Argent Property Limited Partnership

The value of the subsidy is £17.46 million. The purpose of the subsidy is to facilitate the construction of a...
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Department for Business and Trade, Post Office Process Review compensation

The value of the subsidy is up to £81 million. The purpose of the subsidy is to provide redress to...
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Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, Contracts for Difference for Renewables (CfD) scheme

This is the second referral of the CfD scheme, following an initial referral in February 2023. The value of the...
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Department for Business and Trade, Tata Steel UK

The value of the grant is up to £500 million. The purpose of the subsidy is to enable greener steel...
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Welsh Government, Scheme to Extend High Speed Broadband in Wales

This Scheme is being funded using the £70million clawback fund from the Superfast Cymru broadband deployment scheme. The purpose of...
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Department of Business and Trade, BMW

The value of the subsidy is £75 million. The purpose of the subsidy is to enable BMW to modify its...
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Lancaster City Council, Eden Project Morecambe

The value of the subsidy is £50.9 million. The purpose of the subsidy is to support the construction of Eden...
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UK Space Agency, C-LEO subsidy scheme

The value of the scheme is up to £93.75 million. The purpose of the subsidy is to grant funding to...
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Belfast City Council, Mourne Mountain Gateway Project

The value of the subsidy is £30 million. The purpose of the subsidy is for the construction of a new...
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DESNZ, Industrial Energy Transformation Fund Phase 3

The value of the grant is up to £30 million. The purpose of the subsidy is to help industrial sites...
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The British Industry Supercharger (DBT), Energy Intensive Industries (“EIIs”) in Great Britain

The value of the subsidy was around £320M-£420M per year. The purpose of the subsidy is to reduce industrial electricity...
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South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, Capital and Centric (505) Ltd

The value of the subsidy is £11.6 million. The purpose of the subsidy is to fund the development of 550...
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Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Lakeland Forum

The value of the grant award is £25.7 million (supplemented with a grant of £20 million by DLUHC). The purpose...
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It is vital for the legal industry to support the environmental agenda. Our specialist teams are finding more and more ways to support our clients green goals and obligations. Visit our green goals page for more details on how we can achieve green aims both for our clients in the work we do as well as a business and employer.

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