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Guides

  • The Technology Transfer Block Exemption

    Anti-competitive agreements are prohibited by European and domestic competition law. This means any anti-competitive provisions in commercial agreements are void and unenforceable which could lead to the entire agreement being unenforceable. 

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  • How to structure collaborative projects

    Organisations are increasingly looking to work in collaboration or partnership with third parties. This may be to achieve operational aims, such as a step change in service delivery, or to reduce costs or achieve efficiencies.

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  • Using competitive tenders

    Many private sector organisations are using competitive tenders to procure goods and services or award significant contracts. Competitive tenders can be used to maintain a competitive edge and drive a better commercial deal.

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  • Introduction to state aid

    Under European Union rules it is illegal for EU countries to give financial help to some companies and not others in a way which would distort fair competition. This help is called state aid, and the rules barring it are enforced by the European Commission...

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  • Introduction to state aid

    Under European Union rules it is illegal for EU countries to give financial help to some companies and not others in a way which would distort fair competition. This help is called state aid, and the rules barring it are enforced by the European Commission...

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  • Sanctions against Russia and Ukraine from 31 July 2014

    This guide outlines the sanctions imposed by the European Union from 31 July 2014 and the corresponding US sanctions. The sanctions are designed to discourage Russia from, in the words of the EU Regulation , "destabilising the situation in Ukraine".

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  • PRIIPs, KIDs and EU requirements for packaged retail investment products

    Those producing or selling packaged retail investment and insurance-based investment products (PRIIPs) will have to produce key information documents (KIDs) as a result of planned EU legislation designed to make it easier for retail investors to compare...

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  • Debt recovery in Scotland

    If you are a creditor then there are a number of steps you can take in Scotland to recover the money you are owed. This guide outlines what they are.

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  • Tax Disputes: Follower Notices and Accelerated Payments

    New provisions, which came into force on 17 July 2014, are designed to remove the cashflow advantage for the taxpayer that currently exists in relation to most direct tax disputes and to help HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to clear the backlog of disputes...

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  • Programmes of works and construction contracts

    This guide was last updated in September 2013.

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