Competition and state aid

Competition, or antitrust law, impacts how businesses trade, their terms with consumers, and mergers and acquisitions. State aid law governs how taxpayer’s money can be used fairly to support businesses.

Breaches of competition rules can be very expensive, result in bad publicity and take up inordinate amounts of management time that can be better spent elsewhere. We work with you to achieve your business goals within the rules.

Our lawyers

We advise on:

  • Anticompetitive agreements and behaviours
  • Merger control
  • Fair consumer terms
  • Dawn raids
  • Groceries Supply Chain Code of Practice (GSCOP)
  • Private Healthcare Market Investigation Order
  • State aid
  • Compliance programs

Our experience

  • We have worked with a major private hospital operator to ensure three new joint ventures with referring clinicians comply with the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) Private Healthcare Market Investigation Order
  • We have advised a regional funeral director with its responses and contributions to the CMA’s market investigation in to the funeral market
  • We have worked with the British Council on the state aid and competition issues arising from its status and funding
  • Our State aid advice has assisted a number of clients to produce successful, state aid compliant, ERDF / ESIF / Local Growth Fund grant applications
  • We have advised a Local Enterprise Partnership client on the state aid compliance of a £15 million grant application for a sport’s innovation campus
  • We have helped a national financial services client run a mock CMA dawn raid to check and approve its response procedures

Our clients

We have worked with a wide range of clients on the impact of competition law, including;

  • UK and overseas private companies
  • NHS trusts
  • Universities
  • Local enterprise partnerships
  • Central UK government departments

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