UKSALA discussions on the future of UK subsidy control

The Government’s consultation paper “Subsidy control: Designing a new approach for the UK” sets out its ambition for a new subsidy control regime that addresses the specific needs of the UK economy whilst also meeting the UK’s international commitments (including, but not only, under the terms of the TCA). The consultation raises challenging questions on how the new regime should be designed in order to meet those objectives, and how the interests of granting bodies, beneficiaries and other interested parties can be addressed and balanced. UKSALA members have a wide range of perspectives on the issues raised that we would like to capture and share as part of UKSALA’s contribution to this debate. Please join us by registering here for a lively discussion on some of the key points raised by the discussion at two webinars, to be hosted by Pinsent Masons and Slaughter and May.

Webinar 1: All change? The future substantive rules on subsidy control Wednesday 17 March 2021 17:00 – 18:15

This session will discuss the scope and limits on the concept of “subsidy” as used in the TCA, theextension of subsidies rules to the UK internal market, the role of the joint declaration on subsidiesand the scope for formal exemptions and safe harbours from the regime.

Chair: The Honourable Mrs Justice Bacon


Dr. Totis Kotsonis, Pinsent Masons LLP

Nicole Robins, Oxera

Alexander Rose, DWF Law LLP

James Webber, Shearman & Sterling LLP

Webinar 2: Complaints, Challenges and Opinions: the role of the Independent Body and the courts

Monday 22 March 2021 17:00 – 18:15

This session will focus on how the procedural aspects of the new regime could best be calibrated inorder to meet the obligations in the TCA. In particular it will discuss the role of the proposedindependent body and the courts, from the point of view of the aid giver, the aid recipient, andcomplainants.

Chair:Christopher Vajda QC, Monckton Chambers, Former Judge CJEU

Speakers:Emily Neill, Blackstone Chambers

George Peretz QC, Monckton Chambers

Aidan Robertson QC, Brick Court Chambers

Isabel Taylor, Slaughter and May

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