In-person Conference

Subsidy Control: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Answers for Your Clients

Court-Proven, Solution-Focused Answers to 7 of the Biggest Legal Challenges facing Experienced Practitioners: Directly from Top-Flight King’s Counsel, Solicitors, Regulators and Economists

5 hours CPD

Live Attendance

  • Attend the conference in-person at The Caledonian Club, London
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2024
  • Rate: £249 + VAT per person
  • Information you won't find elsewhere

    Our experts talk under Chatham House Rule, so you get the best, most readily usable information they wouldn't share elsewhere


  1. 09:00

    Registration and coffee

  2. 09:30

    Chair's Introduction

    Subsidy Control: Shaping new law into solution-focused answers for your clients

    Chaired by Ciara Kennedy-Loest of Hogan Lovells

    Ciara is "one of the UK's leading authorities on state aid" and “a superb speaker”. She advised on the State aid aspects of the proposed privatisation of the Greek Railways.

  3. Panel

    • Dr Totis Kotsonis, Head of Subsidies, Pinsent Masons

      Totis has " magisterial expertise in state aid regulation". He is an arbitrator for EU bilateral trade disputes, including subsidy control, under the UK-EU TCA.

    • Claire Froitzheim, Director, Subsidy Advice Unit, Competition & Markets Authority

    Totis and Claire will impart practical solutions, take questions and comment on the talks throughout.

  4. 09:35

    View from the bench

    What is the direction of travel for subsidy control cases in the UK?

    Answered by The Hon. Mr Justice Marcus Smith

  5. 10:15

    Subsidy grey areas

    Where are the grey areas over the definition of a subsidy, and to what extent are EU State aid principles and guidance still relevant?

    Answered by Joseph Barrett KC

    Joseph is “a total star - fearless and tactically superb.” “He instinctively knows the arguments that will work in court and is the author of “European Law of State Aid.”

  6. 10:55

    Durham case

    Given that Durham was not appealed, can you confidently rely on the CAT's reasoning over the conferral of an economic advantage?

    Answered by George Peretz KC

    George is joint convenor of the UK State Aid Law Association and the UK reporter for the European State Aid Law Quarterly. "He is a leading light in European law issues."

  7. 11:35

    Morning Coffee

  8. 11:55

    Streamlined routes

    To what extent are the streamlined routes being used, and how are they plugging the gap left by the General Block Exemption Regulation?

    Answered by Alexander Rose of DWF

    Alexander advised Durham Council in the UK's first Subsidy Control court case and an automotive manufacturer over a subsidy to build a gigafactory. “His experience is unrivalled.”

  9. 12:35

    SAU reports

    How helpful is an SAU report given that they will not provide any opinion on the legality of the subsidy itself, and what are the workarounds?

    Answered by Alex Kynoch of Browne Jacobson

    Alex is working with clients to deliver the UK’s largest electric vehicle charging superhub. “He is known for his ability to translate complex legal issues into pragmatic advice.”

  10. 13:15


  11. 14:00

    Principle G

    How do you calculate a subsidy's beneficial effect vis-à-vis its negative impact on UK and international trade and competition, i.e. Principle G?

    Answered by Nicole Robins of Oxera

    Nicole advises on the economic and financial issues associated with state aid, including MEOP and SGEI. She provides EU Judges with training on state aid economics.

  12. 14:40

    Legal certainty

    Why are there so few challenges, and how can the new regime provide certainty without case law, particularly if State aid law is to be departed from increasingly?

    Answered by Aidan Robertson KC

    Aidan is “a genius - there's nothing he doesn't know." He co-edited the multi-volume encyclopaedia “Law of the European Union” and acted in the Durham Subsidy Control case.

  13. 15:20


  14. 16:00

    Close of conference

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  • Attend the conference in-person at The Caledonian Club, London
  • Rate: £249 + VAT per person
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