Jonathan Branton

Jonathan Branton

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Jonathan is a partner and firm-wide Head of EU/Competition at DWF. He is also head of the firm’s public sector group and is a dual-qualified English and Irish solicitor. Jonathan has specialised in EU and national competition law for over 20 years and has practised extensively in Brussels as well as the UK and Ireland. In addition to advising on all areas of competition law (including state aid), Jonathan also advises on public procurement and EU and WTO trade law.

Specifically in state aid, Jonathan advises on structuring projects to fit within the rules thereby allowing them to proceed without individual notification to Brussels, and also advises beneficiaries and grant awarding bodies on related audit trails to demonstrate compliance for all funding streams, especially EU structural funds. He also advises in respect of Commission notifications and investigations and any other more contentious challenges in the area of State aid, including funding clawback requests. 

Ranked as a Number 1 leading individual in Chambers UK and the UK Legal 500 directories, comments from clients (The Legal 500) include: Jonathan Branton is an "expert Competition lawyer". DWF's top-tier practice' is led by ‘star performer’ Jonathan Branton, who is ‘one of the foremost experts nationally for state aid and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) advice’. Branton "provides technically sound and pragmatic, solution-based advice".

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