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Enterprise-wide Training For Your Team And Entire Organisation
Delivered On Demand At The Time Of Your Choice

Enterprise-wide Training For Your Team And Entire Organisation
Delivered On Demand At The Time Of Your Choice

State Aid Immersion Course 2021

An in-depth examination of EU Law, including changes brought about by Brexit

Deep dive course providing beginning to end understanding of the topic of state aid and subsidy control - delivered by Professor Suzanne Rab, a UK and EU qualified practitioner, barrister, author, economics consultant and professor who has worked on leading UK and EU cases for over 20 years.

Meet the Course Leader

The programme is led by Professor Suzanne Rab of Serle Court Chambers. Suzanne has two decades of wide experience of EU law, regulatory and competition law matters combining State aid, public procurement, cartel regulation, commercial practices, IP exploitation, merger control and trade. 

Suzanne’s practice has involved acting for state aid granting/awarding authorities as well as beneficiaries of potential state support. Suzanne regularly advises local and central government and other public bodies on the interface between state aid and public procurement law, including the circumstances in which compliance with public procurement rules ensures satisfaction with State aid rules.

Suzanne has advised granting authorities inside and outside the UK in a wide range of sectors including energy, communications, financial services, food/beverage, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, infrastructure, and transportation.

She has also provided support to the CMA as part of its capacity building and preparations for its future role as independent State aid regulator.

Her representations for business include advising Noble Energy in relation to its investments in the Cyprus energy sector (a representation straddling State aid, competition law, public procurement, investment treaty and trade law advice). Suzanne is Professor of Commercial Law and Practice Chair at Brunel University London and law lecturer at the University of Oxford.

What you'll get:

A solid foundation in state aid for all your employees. Including tactical strategies, tips for their day-to-day roles, and an understanding of the latest developments including changes brought about by Brexit.

This unique enterprise-wide training is available for an unlimited number of your global employees - at the time and place to suit each individual.

The course consists of:

  1. Twenty on demand video modules, each focusing on a key component of State aid and offering the added flexibility of unlimited viewing and sharing

  2. Extensive and detailed presentation materials

  3. One-hour surgery with Suzanne on your state aid questions and subsidy control issues not related to specific client matters

  4. One-hour live (online) synchronous delivery by Suzanne of one of the modules including Q&A with your team.

Modules Overview


Offering an understanding, overview and practical experience of the application of:

  • the system and legal framework for State aid control at EU and national level;
  • the key principles of the concept of State aid;
  • the principles and assessment of compatibility of State aid;
  • instruments used for the assessment of State aid including block exemptions, communications and guidance;
  • the State aid procedural enforcement framework at EU and national level, including how to notify a measure, recovery of unlawful aid and judicial challenge in the EU and domestic courts


Offering an understanding, overview and practical experience of the application of:

  • de minimis aid under the de Minimis Regulation 1407/2013 including the financial thresholds and cumulation rules;
  • the concept of Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI), the SGEI Package, the Altmark criteria and how to calculate compensation;
  • sector-specific SGEI;
  • the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) including the common and specific provisions and application to specific categories of aid


Offering an understanding, overview and practical experience of the application of:

  • State aid rules in specific areas of policy and the economy:
  • research and development and innovation
  • rescue and restructuring
  • regional aid
  • taxation
  • selected industry sectors (energy, financial and media and communications);
  • an outline of the implications of Brexit on State aid and subsidy control enforcement and policy in the UK

State Aid Immersion Course 2021:

Key benefits

  • An integrated and intense training programme that combines UK and EU experience in this fast-moving, challenging and high-profile area
  • An opportunity to translate academic learnings, policy and economic principles into practice through interactive case studies and video-based scenarios
  • Current experience and insights from Professor Suzanne Rab, barrister at Serle Court Chambers, who has advised on some of the most high-profile state aid and EU law matters
  • Focus on the application of State aid law in multiple contexts including local as well as central government
  • Insight into the application of State aid law in different policy areas
  • State aid surgeries to discuss your state aid queries with a leading practitioner

Course content

  • The programme provides an overview of the key areas of state aid control and can serve as both an introduction to participants unfamiliar with this area and a refresher for those with more experience seeking to upskill
  • The programme will provide a solid grounding in the essentials of EU State aid control as applied by the European Commission and as interpreted by the European Courts. It will also address possible alternative future models for state aid regulation in the UK

This course will be of particular interest to...

  • Public sector employees with responsibility for making state aid decisions ranging from direct grants of public funds to other economic benefits, including central government, local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships
  • Lawyers in private practice seeking an overview and understanding of EU State aid law and how it applies in the UK in an intense and evolving environment
  • In-house lawyers and compliance officers in businesses with UK and European operations, seeking a greater understanding of State aid law
  • Any of the above individuals seeking to update and deepen their foundational knowledge of state aid law now and against the unfolding context of Brexit
  • Any of the above individuals with an interest in third countries which have adopted state aid rules, including Ukraine and other countries in the South Eastern European region
  • Any of the above individuals with an interest in trade law and policy seeking to broaden their interest in the interface between State aid and WTO subsidy rules

PHD Student

Eastern Europe

“The core of this [course] was the course lead, Suzanne Rab, who has combined in great manner, the theory and practice. But this was especially because the examples came from her international experience and her barrister cases. Suzanne Rab [possesses] a valuable teaching vocation and tremendous knowledge. She can involve every student in discussion and learning. She has managed very well the time, the subjects and the discussions.”

Sponsorship Opportunities

We have a number of exclusive and innovative sponsorship and speaking options, to help you demonstrate thought leadership in the State Aid arena.

For more information please contact Enes Duzen at or call Enes on +44 (0)20 7551 9505.