Subsidy Control and Competition Law

Square One Law offers a full-service public funding, competition law and international trade capability, covering UK Subsidy Control law and EU state aid law, merger control, antitrust (including cartels), sectoral regulation, and all aspects of UK, EU and international trade law.

We have extensive experience of assisting companies, local Government, as well as third sector and not-for-profit organisations with public funding applications, awards and assessment under the new UK subsidy control and EU State aid regimes. This includes support in drafting of the Subsidy Principles assessment in line with the new UK subsidy control regime and advice on how public funding proposals and applications can comply with the regime’s requirements in order to mitigate the risk of clawback.

We also provide a full-service competition law offering, so if you are concerned that your actions might be anti-competitive, wish to put in place a programme to achieve compliance or wish to challenge the unfair actions of a third party, our team of experts will be able to provide you with advice which is appropriate for your business. Our team has experience of practising competition law both in the UK and Brussels, and so is able to assist you with matters across the full spectrum of trade and competition law.

Our experienced subsidy control and competition law lawyers can assist you with:

  • Competition compliance
  • Anti-trust defence
  • Subsidy control, including support on drafting the Subsidy Principles assessment
  • EU State aid
  • Public funding projects
  • Brexit implications
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Merger clearance
  • Antitrust matters
  • Venture capital and private equity
  • Dawn raid support
  • Litigation and contentious issues
  • Inward investment
  • Public sector
  • Sectoral regulation
  • International and EU trade compliance


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It is important to have a strong and trusted team of professional advisers. That is why I use Square One Law.

Peter Stephenson, Executive Chairman, Able UK,

The Square One Law team are excellent. They always provide us not only with rapid, detailed and most of all, cost effective guidance but also advice that is very commercial.

Trevor Silver, Chairman, Landid,

We’ve worked with Square One Law across our business from the start. They understand our proposition and can deliver in terms of us achieving quick turnaround times for our customer base, which will promote new benchmarks for the industry.

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