Pinsent Masons has a strong and growing State aid practice, mainly advising the recipients of potential State aid. The team has particular experience of projects involving interlinking State aid, competition and public procurement issues.
Recent experience includes advising:
- in relation to appeals before the EU General Court challenging national tax systems on the basis that they amount to unlawful State aid;
- the University of Birmingham on the creation and operation of a new research joint venture with a private sector engineering firm;
- a bidding consortia participating in Round 1 and Round 2 of the UK Government competition to deliver a full scale carbon capture and demonstration plant in the UK;
- Capita and EU Skills in relation to state aid in connection with the grant of funding under the Employer's Ownership of Skills Pilot;
- the UK's Department of Culture, Media and Sport, through Broadband Delivery UK, on its £530 million project to deliver super-fast broadband across the UK. Our instructions encompassed the Rural, Urban and Mobile Infrastructure projects, and extended to all matters of State aid law, including applications for State aid approval and strategy and project structuring advice to avoid State aid;
- numerous local authorities, councils and regional development agencies in the UK on the application of the State aid rules to PFI/PPP projects, regeneration and housing projects, initiatives and grant schemes including Homes and Communities Agency, Yorkshire Forward, ONE Northeast, London Borough of Hackney, Newcastle Council, Bradford URC, Rochdale DA, Thurrock Council and Glasgow City Council; and
- an English local authority regarding a substantial city centre re-development involving construction of new business-use premises, social housing and the remediation of derelict and historic buildings. Strategic State aid advice was provided to ensure that all public sector funding and investment was provided in a State aid compliant manner.