State Aid

Monckton Chambers is widely recognised as a pre-eminent set in the field of State aid law.  We have experience of representing claimants and defendants in proceedings before domestic courts and tribunals in which an allegation of unlawful State aid has been made, as well as of acting for both complainants and respondents in EU State aid investigations, and in challenges to Commission decisions before the Community Courts. Members are regularly instructed to advise potential aid recipients, their competitors, and government bodies on the lawfulness of proposed financial and other measures raising State aid concerns. Our members’ expertise in procurement, local government, public and tax law makes them ideally placed to advise on State aid issues arising in the contexts of procurement, taxation and regulation.  Other contexts in which our members are frequently instructed on State aid matters include media/broadcasting, regeneration schemes, infrastructure projects, public-private partnerships, rescue and restructuring aid, environmental measures, and financial services. Members also write regularly on State aid law in the European State Aid Law Quarterly and other legal journals, and authored the State aid chapter of Bellamy & Child, European Community Law of Competition and the State aid chapter of Competition Law of the European Community (ed. V Korah; LexisNexis). Recent advisory work includes:

  • Measures to tackle the banking crisis
  • BBC Digital Curriculum
  • London Underground Public-Private Partnership

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