State aid laws to be revoked in the UK –

Posted October 2nd, 2020 in brexit, EC law, news, state aids by tracey

‘The UK government has set out legislative proposals which seek to revoke EU state aid laws in the UK from the end of the Brexit transition period. The draft State Aid (Revocations and Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 would, if enacted and from 1 January 2021, revoke state aid laws which would have otherwise been retained into domestic law in the UK by virtue of the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018.’

Full Story, 30th September 2020


COVID-19: Competition and State Aid Law During the Coronavirus Crisis – St John’s Chambers

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, EC law, news, state aids by sally

‘This note reflects developments as at 26 March 2020. It provides an overview of how UK and
EU competition law and EU State aid law will apply during the COVID-19 crisis. It is not legal
advice and should not be relied upon as such.’

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St John's Chambers, 26th March 2020


Case Comment: Micula and others v Romania [2020] UKSC 5 – UKSC Blog

Posted March 3rd, 2020 in appeals, arbitration, compensation, EC law, news, state aids, Supreme Court by sally

‘In this case comment, Richard Bamforth and Laura West from CMS comment on the decision handed down last month in the matter of Micula and others v Romania [2020] UKSC 5. Richard Bamforth is a partner in the Litigation and Arbitration group of CMS, based in the London office. He specialises in international arbitration (as counsel and as arbitrator), commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with a focus on cross border disputes in the media, banking, finance, insolvency, energy and telecommunications sectors. Laura West is an associate at CMS based in Edinburgh. She specialises in construction, engineering and energy disputes providing operational and strategic contract advice as well as representing clients through a range of dispute resolution procedures including arbitration, litigation, adjudication and mediation. Laura has a particular interest in arbitration and is the current Vice Chair of the Global Steering Committee for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Young Members Group.’

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UKSC Blog, 2nd March 2020


Supreme Court: ICSID award enforceable as state aid investigation continues –

Posted February 27th, 2020 in arbitration, EC law, enforcement, news, state aids, Supreme Court, treaties by tracey

‘The UK Supreme Court has ruled that an arbitration award made under the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Convention is enforceable despite an ongoing EU state aid investigation.’

Full Story, 26th February 2020


New Judgment: Micula & Ors v Romania [2020] UKSC 5 – UKSC Blog

Posted February 21st, 2020 in appeals, arbitration, compensation, EC law, news, state aids, Supreme Court by sally

‘The appeals arose out of the attempted enforcement of an investment arbitration award in favour of the claimants against Romania in relation to investments made by the claimants in food production in Romania before the country acceded to the EU.’

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UKSC Blog, 19th February 2020


Court applies state aid rules in lease dispute – 11 KBW

Posted December 11th, 2018 in appeals, leases, local government, news, sport, state aids by sally

‘James Goudie QC explains how the Court of Appeal reached its conclusion, in a dispute over a lease extension, that the extension granted to the owners of a football club by a local authority was not state aid.’

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11 KBW, 13th November 2018


Council wins Court of Appeal battle over stadium and state aid – Local Government Lawyer

‘Coventry City Council has won a Court of Appeal case in the latest round of a four-year long litigation saga over the city’s sports stadium the Ricoh Arena.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th October 2018


Judge refuses permission in latest state aid challenge over sports stadium – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 19th, 2017 in delay, evidence, judicial review, leases, local government, news, sport, state aids by sally

‘A High Court judge has refused the owners of Coventry City Football Club permission to seek judicial review in their latest state aid challenge over decisions taken by Coventry City Council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th July 2017


Heaven or Hell? Brexit Legal Issues Analysed Through ‘Hotel California’ Lyrics – Littleton Chambers

‘This post sets out some of the legal issues arising after the referendum of 23 June 2016, taking a generous liberty with the interpretation of the lyrics of The Eagles’ song “Hotel California”.’

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Littleton Chambers, 12th August 2016


State aid ruling will help inform future investment of public funds, say experts –

Posted May 25th, 2016 in appeals, competition, EC law, loans, local government, news, sport, state aids by sally

‘A recent ruling by the Court of Appeal in London will help public bodies invest public funds into business ventures without breaching state aid rules.’

Full story, 23rd May 2016


Of Megabytes and Men: the private use exception under the judicial lens and lessons for state aid claims – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in copyright, EC law, judicial review, news, proportionality, state aids by tracey

‘On 19 June 2015, the High Court allowed a claim for judicial review against the decision to introduce a narrow “private copying” exception to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (the “CDPA 1988”). The decision is of interest to EU and competition lawyers for two reasons: (1) its examination of the standard of review in public law cases with an EU law dimension and also (2) its analysis of the state aid issues which were raised.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 2nd July 2015


Judicial review: Judicial Control, Liability and Litigation – Local Government Law

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in judicial review, local government, news, state aids by tracey

‘The Judgment of Green J in R (British Academy of Songwriters, etc) v SoS for BIS [2015] EWHC 1723 (Admin) is very long (106 pages, 318 paragraphs) and its subject matter (creating an exception to copyright based upon personal private use) is far removed from local government. However, it is important on judicial review generally (and on State Aid).’

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Local Government Law, 22nd July 2015


Copying material for private use: is it legal? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and others, R(on the application of) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and another [2015] EWHC 1723 (Admin). An exception to copyright infringement for private use has failed to survive a challenge in the High Court. But this may not be the end of the story.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th June 0215


State Aid Issues for Local Authorities – Thirty Nine Essex Street

Posted March 19th, 2015 in EC law, local government, news, state aids by sally

‘The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union provides that certain government activities may be prohibited because they give an advantage in a selective way to certain entities, which might affect competition within the internal market. Those advantages may amount to prohibited state aid, or may be state aid which is either expressly allowed by the Treaty, or which may be allowed, dependent on the circumstances.’

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, January 2015


Legal challenge to Government’s £2.5bn subsidy scheme for fossil fuel industry – The Independent

Posted December 6th, 2014 in EC law, energy, news, state aids by sally

‘The Government may be forced to suspend a £2.5bn annual subsidy scheme designed to keep the lights on as cheaply and as greenly as possible following a legal challenge in the European Court of Justice, which claims it amounts to an “unlawful subsidy” for the fossil fuel industry.’

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The Independent, 5th December 2014


International Development (Gender Equality) Act 2014

Posted March 14th, 2014 in equality, gender, international relations, legislation, state aids by tracey

International Development (Gender Equality) Act 2014 published

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French Republic v Commission of the European Union – WLR Daily

Posted October 7th, 2013 in appeals, contracts, EC law, law reports, news, public procurement, state aids, taxation by sally

French Republic v Commission of the European Union (Case C-115/12P); [2013] WLR (D) 364

“The calculation of whether a member state had ‘subsided directly’ by more than 50% a works contract awarded by an entity other than themselves within the meaning of article 2(1) of Council Directive 93/37/EEC which triggered the public procurement procedures under that Directive, included sums arising from tax reductions to the members of commercial partnerships, who were natural persons, investing in a works contract.”

WLR Daily, 26th September 2013


Virgin Media and BT take legal action against Birmingham council broadband – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2012 in competition, complaints, internet, local government, news, state aids by sally

“Virgin Media and BT are taking legal action against Birmingham city council over the use of public money to build a broadband network that directly competes with their own.”

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The Guardian, 21st October 2012


Alstom Transport v Eurostar International Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted January 25th, 2012 in contracts, EC law, law reports, public procurement, state aids, transport by sally

Alstom Transport v Eurostar International Ltd [2012] EWHC 28 (Ch); [2012] WLR (D) 4

“Regulation 3(2) of the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (‘UCR’) should be construed as if it said that network ‘includes a system operated in accordance’ instead of ‘means a system operated in accordance’. The term ‘contracting authority’ in regulation 2(1) of the UCR and regulation 3(1) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (‘the PCR’) was restricted to domestic bodies only. The fact that an undertaking was able to continue trading only as a result of very substantial state aid did not preclude it from being of an industrial or commercial character within the terms of article 2(1) of Parliament and Council Directive 2004/17/EC.”

WLR Daily, 20th January 2012


Ryanair sues Europe over airline ‘state aid’ – The Times

Posted July 10th, 2007 in airlines, news, state aids by michael

“Ryanair, Michael O’Leary’s Irish budget airline, lambasted the European Commission for double standards as it launched a landmark legal action to try to force it to investigate allegations of illegal state aid. ”

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The Times, 10th July 2007