Square One Law is the only firm in the North East with extensive experience of EU Structural Funding, particularly ERDF and now the enlarged ESIF Programme.
As well as advising on grant funding, compliance, State aid and defending against claw back claims, Neil Warwick, head of EU and Competition Law, is a member and chair of a number of influential bodies giving opportunities to influence and shape the future of grant funding and access to key decision makers. Whether it is old programmes, the current grant programme (both UK and EU) or the proposed Shared Prosperity Fund, we have the ability to maximise the impact, and crucially the returns, of grant funding in a compliant manner.
Examples of our expertise include:
- Assessment of ERDF grants for over twenty access to finance initiatives in a twenty year period worth an estimated £250 million helping leverage approximately £1 billion of investment into the North East
- Creating special purpose vehicles and escrow arrangements to ensure compliant draw down of grants
- Defending numerous claw back claims and advising on mitigation strategies for alleged infringements