For the Public Sector & Charities State Aid Lawyers

MacRoberts advises public and private sector clients on the complex state aid rules to support their commercial activities.

First-class advice on state aid rules

EU state aid rules control the way in which public funds can be used to support commercial activities. The rules are complex, and failure to apply them correctly could result in a company that has received aid being ordered to repay it.

This could lead, in turn, to disruption of projects and damage to the reputation of the public body that granted the aid.

Supporting the public sector

MacRoberts lawyers advise public sector clients on state aid rules, helping them help them design compliant funding measures, whether through application of a block exemption or approved aid scheme, or through a commercial public sector investment no aid route. Where clearance is required, we are on hand to assist with this process.

Working with the private sector

Our lawyers work with private sector clients on the state aid implications of the projects they are involved in, helping them understand whether funding constitutes state aid and, if it does, what that means for them in practice.

Related Services

Our coordinated service encompasses the various legal disciplines required in the supply of public sector services, including:

  • Major Projects & Infrastructure

    MacRoberts has been at the forefront of PFI and Project Finance since its inception and is established as one of the leading firms in this field.

    Major Projects & Infrastructure
  • Regulatory & Compliance

    We support our clients in taking proactive steps to ensure their business does not fall foul of relevant ethics, anti-corruption and competition laws and regulations.

    Regulatory & Compliance
  • Transport

    With an impressive track record spanning more than 30 years, MacRoberts advises clients across the transport sector on the full range of legal matters.

    Transport

Our Awards & Accreditations

  • Shortlisted for Firm of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2022.

  • In 2016, we became one of the first law firms in Scotland to become Living Wage accredited employers.

  • Winners of Corporate & Commercial Team of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2020.

  • Our Real Estate team won the Property Team of the Year Award at the British Legal Awards in 2018.

  • Winner of SME of the Year at the Scottish SME Awards 2017, hosted by Scottish Business Insider.

  • Highly Commended for Commercial Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2016.

  • We are a proud member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, a network of law firms committed to working collaboratively to reduce our environmental impact

  • In 2019, MacRoberts achieved Cyber Essentials Plus certification, a UK Government entry-level information security standard. 

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  • We are active members of the PRIME Programme – an organisation that focuses on ensuring a career in law is open to talent from all economic and social backgrounds.

  • MacRoberts supports the Scottish Business Pledge, a values-led partnership between Government and business that is based on boosting productivity and competitiveness through fairness, equality and sustainable employment.

  • We are supporters of the Partnership for Change, a network of organisations and individuals who share a common ambition to improve diversity on boards and in senior leadership.

  • MacRoberts is a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to disability equality across our firm.

  • MacRoberts fully supports flexible working practices and supports family-friendly working practices.

  • MacRoberts is a member of The Glass Network, Scotland's organisation for LGBT+ allied legal professionals.
  • In 2022, MacRoberts received a Bronze Award in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index for our commitment to LGBTQI+ inclusivity in the workplace.

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