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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

RPC

RPC recently strengthened its offering its offering in commercial, outsourcing and technology-related matters by hiring Paul Joukador from Hogan Lovells International LLP. Joukador is knowledgeable about a wide range of issues, such as supply chain management and strategic alliances, among others. Jon Bartley, who joined from Penningtons Manches LLP, has more than 20 years of commercial contracts experience. Oliver Bray leads the team, whose blue-chip client base includes Google, News UK, Tommy Hilfiger and RSA. Bray is providing contractual and related advisory support to Facebook in relation to various marketing and promotional initiatives. In addition, Bray, senior associate Alyson Lloyd and others recently acted for PizzaExpress in a number of matters, including the rollout of its first franchise restaurants across Welcome Break service station sites, and its agreements with advertising and brand agencies. Paul Joseph is assisting Agent Provocateur with franchise and trade mark licence agreements across multiple jurisdictions. Mark Crichard, and senior associates Andrew Crystal and Charles Buckworth, are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Oliver Bray - RPC

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Crystal - RPC

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Customs and Excise
Customs and Excise - ranked: tier 2

RPC

RPC¬†has a ‚Äėvery strong‚Äô customs and excise team, which is ‚Äėhighly capable of handling anti-dumping work‚Äô. The group has wide ranging experience on the non-contentious side, including on the optimisation of compliance, tariff classification, origin, valuation, repayment and remission of duty. On the contentious front, ‚Äėgood litigator‚Äô Robert Waterson¬†assists clients in disputes with HMRC, such as enquiries and investigations, and litigation before tax tribunals, up to the Supreme Court. ‚ÄėTechnically excellent‚Äô Michelle Sloane¬†is the honorary legal advisor to the Bonded Warehousekeepers Association, assisting the organisation‚Äôs members with all legal queries regarding HMRC issues, excise duty an supply chain matters. Adam Craggs¬†heads the group and sits in the tax litigation department.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

RPC

The 'strong'¬†RPC¬†offering is noted for its experience in pricing and competition advisory matters, with a ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô service. Head of team¬†Lambros Kilaniotis¬†is ‚Äėexceptionally good to work with and highly intelligent‚Äô; he advises on CMA and EU investigations (including dawn raids), CAT and High Court litigation and merger control matters in his portfolio. Kilaniotis is supported by the ‚Äėalways extremely responsive and commercial‚Äô senior associate¬†Melanie Musgrave¬†,¬†¬†who works closely with significant clients including ASOS and Coca Cola. Highlights included Kilaniotis and Musgrave working with the firm‚Äôs corporate team in respect of Sports Direct‚Äôs sale of its rights to the Dunlop brand and related wholesale and licensing businesses to Sumitomo Rubber Industries and the pair providing strategic competition advice to RSA in relation to its commercial arrangements. Recent changes saw¬†Chris Ross¬†promoted to partnership, while¬†Jonathan Cary¬†returned to London after a three year stint in the firm‚Äôs Asia offices.

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 5

RPC

Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 3

RPC

Despite the departure of Robbie Constance and Richard Burger to DWF, RPC maintains a prominent position in the market, primarily for its expertise within the insurance sector. Recent work includes acting for the London branch of the Indian state-controlled lender, Canara Bank, in an FCA enforcement investigation into anti-money laundering system and control failures. Other recommended contentious practitioners include 'great guy' Parham Kouchikali and 'clever, thoughtful and personable' associate Lucy Kerr.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 2

RPC

RPC¬†'s¬†‚Äôs ‚Äėquick, well-equipped‚Äô team is ‚Äėvery committed to meeting deadlines‚Äô. The firm has acted on a number of high-profile transactions in the retail and technology spheres, with¬†Nigel Collins¬†acting for Hitachi on the acquisition of Temple Lifts and¬†Karen Hendy¬†acting as lead advisor to Sports Direct International on its disposal of the sportswear brand Dunlop and related wholesale business for $137.5m to Sumitomo Rubber Industries. Hendy also advised Dialog Semiconductor on its share buyback programme, split into ‚ā¨38m and ‚ā¨75m tranches. The team remains strong in the insurance sector, with¬†James Mee¬†and private equity specialist¬†David Wallis¬†acted as lead counsel to Citynet Insurance Brokers, as well as its management and selling shareholders, on the sale of the broker to Carlyle-backed PIB Group. Insurance sector expert¬†Matthew Griffith¬†has previously assisted Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group with the sale of Thistle Insurance Services to PIG Group.¬†Anthony Shatz¬†and senior associate¬†Paul Jenkins¬†are ‚Äėquick thinkers‚Äô with ‚Äėvery good people skills‚Äô.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 3

RPC

Considered 'a safe pair of hands', RPC advises professional services firms on the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work, including the establishment of partnerships and LLPs, as well as partnership mergers and dissolutions. Co-head Patrick Brodie represented Switzerland-based executive search firm Egon Zehnder on the enforcement of a global non-compete restrictive covenant injunction action against a former partner. Co-head Geraldine Elliott specialised in partnership disputes, predominantly acting on the side of the firms. Legal director Graham Reid handles regulatory matters involving partners. The 'diligent' Nick Bird focuses on professional liability and disciplinary claims from the perspective of partnerships. Ernst & Young LLP is a standout client of the department.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

RPC

RPC¬†acts in large-scale corporate investigations and fraud related disputes globally. The firm is acting for the claimant Sovcomflot as part of the Fiona Trust Litigation in a matter worth $85m. Tom Hibbert¬†heads the department, supported by Stuart Shepherd, who is ‚Äėan indefatigable and tenacious litigator with an encyclopaedic knowledge of shipping law and an ideal litigator in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud cases‚Äô. Chris Ross¬†was promoted to partner and Jonathan Cary¬†rejoined the London office from Hong Kong. Andy McGregor¬†¬†is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 2

RPC

'One of the best firms for a client up against a big financial institution', RPC's conflict-free practice is able to act against investment banks for parties such as European regional banks, pension funds, hedge funds, other asset managers, and the investment vehicles of high-net-worth individuals. Representative work for the 'sound, concise, precise and effective team' includes disputes involving corporate bonds, hybrid products and complex structured investment products as well as disputes involving loan facilities and fraud; and the practice has experienced increasing amounts of insolvency and restructuring work. It acted for Cypriot company MountainPeak Trading, a wholly- owned subsidiary of German company Adler Real Estate, in its claim against Citibank in the English High Court for damages arising from an alleged overpayment under a facility agreement; the case raises interesting issues regarding the law of duress in a commercial setting. Department head Tom Hibbert 'must be about the best litigator around when going against a bank'; Simon Hart 'really knows his subject'; and Andy McGregor is 'a high- class performer'. Davina Given and Parham Kouchikali are also highly regarded. Jonathan Cary returned to London from the Hong Kong office and Chris Ross was made partner. Alan Williams is a key senior associate.

Leading individuals

Tom Hibbert - RPC

Next generation lawyers

Chris Ross - RPC

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

RPC

In addition to handling mainstream commercial disputes work, RPC fields a number of specialist contentious teams covering banking and finance, commodities, tax, employment, real Estate, IP, IT and insurance along with international arbitration, construction, competition and media. The team acted for Ingenious Media Holdings, a media production and finance company (and related companies and directors), in High Court claims brought by a large number of investors; the claims relate to alleged losses said to arise from investments into various film production partnerships and investors' ability to claim sideways loss tax relief. Commercial disputes head Geraldine Elliott has particular expertise in handling warranty claims, shareholder and joint venture disputes, and asset and financial recovery; and Tom Hibbert is global commercial disputes head. Simon Hart, Andy McGregor, Tim Brown, Rupert Boswall, Davina Given, and Parham Kouchikali and Stuart Shepherd are also key practitioners, while Jonathan Cary returned to the London office from Hong Kong. The key senior associates are Daniel Wyatt, Charlotte Henschen (née Ducker) and Matthew Evans.

Leading individuals

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 4

RPC

RPC's competition litigation group is led by 'commercially-minded' Lambros Kilaniotis who has 'a reputation for achieving favourable settlements' in a variety of competition disputes. Promoted to partner in May 2017, Chris Ross specialises in follow-on damages claims for both claimants and defendants. Catherine Percy is currently representing NHS Scotland, the Department of Health and the Regional Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland, in an action for damages brought against Servier arising from potential infringements of EU competition law concerning the cardiovascular drug, Perindopril.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

RPC

RPC's 'overall service is excellent'. The team acts in arbitrations involving construction and engineering, international trade, finance, transport, IP, energy, insurance and reinsurance. Jonathan Wood leads the international arbitration practice; Wood is 'very experienced in all forms of international arbitration - he is calm, professional and has very good judgment'. Other key advisers are Stuart Shepherd, a commodity disputes expert, and Andy McGregor, who acts in finance-related disputes and those emanating from Russia and CIS and Middle East markets.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 3

RPC

RPC is 'notable for its experience in complex and challenging cases'. The team stands out for its insurance law expertise and although it occasionally acts for regulators, it predominantly conducts defence work in the firm's key areas of accountancy, healthcare, insolvency practitioners, financial services, and legal services. The practice is co-headed by Dorothy Flower  and the 'excellent' legal director Graham Reid . Amy Gallimore is also recommended. Richard Burger joined DWF.

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 2

RPC

The tax litigation and investigations team at RPC is led by former HMRC solicitor, Adam Craggs, who has significant experience in both direct and indirect tax dispute resolution, as well as tax enquiries and criminal tax investigations, EU law and business tax. Craggs is representing Coca-Cola European Partners (Great Britain) and 150 of its employees in relation to a dispute with HMRC concerning the tax treatment of vehicles used by employees during the course of their work; a case which is now at appeal in the Upper Tribunal. He is also acting for Newcastle United Football Club in HMRC's investigation into suspected non-payment of income tax, national insurance contributions and VAT in respect of agents' fees in player transfers. Other clients include Sports Direct, Greene King and Merlin Entertainments Group. Legal director Robert Waterson and senior associate Michelle Sloane are also recommended.

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London: Finance

Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 2

RPC

RPC's international trade and commodities practice, which is part of the broader commercial disputes group, is built around key partner Stuart Shepherd, who has 'an encyclopaedic knowledge of shipping and commodities law and practice; his knowledge is exceptional and invaluable'. 'He is one of the stand-out lawyers in this area - very experienced, and really at the top of his game; clients flock to him and trust him because he is one of the best', remarks a client. He recently acted for crude oil trader Dukkar in a $2.5m Commercial Court claim against a Greek refiner and oil storage provider arising from the contamination of a cargo of fuel oil. Consultant Jonathan Wood leads the firm's international arbitration practice and frequently handles international trade matters including bilateral investment treaty claims. For Vallis Commodities Limited he handled a $20m case arising from the theft of a consignment of rice from a warehouse in Liberia during the recent ebola outbreak. Litigation partner Simon Hart, who focuses on banking, fraud and asset tracing matters, also plays a key role in the practice.

Leading individuals

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 4

RPC

RPC's 'superb' team 'punches well above its weight' with 'clear and practical advice delivered from a solid foundation of technical knowledge'. The group is highly regarded for its 'outstanding contentious expertise'; it recently acted for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in a Supreme Court claim relating to diplomatic immunity and represented an executive search company in a case pertaining to non-compete restrictive covenants. Other non-contentious work includes advising a global mining equipment supplier on an investigation into its international business practice regarding fraud and bribery allegations and assisting a global insurer with the employment elements of establishing branch operations in another EU country. Patrick Brodie leads the group; clients praise him as 'the unsung hero of employment law' with 'an uncanny ability to make the right judgment call'. Legal director Kelly Thomson 'provides consistently reliable and practical advice'.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

RPC

RPC's 'well-established and dedicated department is a first port of call for corporate and insurer clients' and has 'a growing presence in the health and safety arena' thanks to the 'brilliant leadership' of practice co-heads Gavin Reese and Nick McMahon; clients praise Reese as 'clever and tenacious' and single out McMahon as 'highly experienced and easy to work with'. Reese's recent work includes acting for a lift installation company in a HSE and police investigation following the death of an employee who sustained crush injuries and representing United Grab Hire and its director in a HSE prosecution following a fatal accident. McMahon acted for a construction company in an asbestos-related issue and represented a senior hospital manager who was investigated following a patient's suicide. XL Catlin and Faraday are also clients.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2

RPC

The 'commercial, strategic and pragmatic' practice at RPC defends against a range of substantial and highly complex claims, with notable expertise in cases involving general surgery, reproductive healthcare, clinical trials, psychiatric injury and cauda equina. Key work in 2017 includes claims concerning cosmetic and bariatric surgery, large group actions and international issues. The 'very experienced and high skilled' team works with private hospital groups, clinics, hospices, international assistance organisations, home carer services and individual practitioners. Head of Department and 'star performer' Dorothy Flower  led the team defending consultant surgeon Ian Paterson and Spire Healthcare and NHS Trust in high-profile litigation concerning the performance of unorthodox mastectomies and other unnecessary surgical procedures. The 'hardworking' and 'very friendly' Rowan Brown is noted for her 'good attention to detail'; sheis experienced in group litigation and matters with international focus.

Leading individuals
Next generation lawyers

Rowan Brown - RPC

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Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 2

RPC

‚ÄėA pre-eminent insurance litigation firm‚Äô, RPC¬†has a reputation for contentious insurance work in the financial lines, international property and power generation and energy sectors, areas in which it receives increasing numbers of instructions. The team is also investing in new sectors, having recently hired Naomi Vary, who specialises in trade credit and political risk insurance, from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP. Karen Morrish¬†also joined from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP, while¬†Toby Higginson¬†and Toby Savage¬†were promoted to partner. The team, headed by Simon Laird, also includes¬†energy insurance market expert Gary Walkling,¬†and is known for its ‚Äėexcellent personnel and very capable and effective resources' and for¬†'providing a quality service‚Äô. The practice also has significant capability in the cyber risks field and has developed a cyber incident response service called ReSecure. The team acts for some of the major insurers, London market companies and global composites, including AIG, Liberty, AXA CS, XL Catlin and Aviva. Recent highlights include Simon Goldring¬†applying for a declaration, on behalf of AXA CS, that the English court does not have jurisdiction over XL's claim for double insurance against it, and¬†Leigh Williams¬†acting for WR Berkley Insurance and Lancashire Insurance Company in the high-profile case of¬†Single Buoy Moorings Inc v Aspen Insurance UK & Ors. The latter represents the largest single asset insurance claim that has ever been litigated in the UK and one of the largest contested insurance claims brought in any jurisdiction.

Next generation lawyers

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 2

RPC

As well as being among a select group of firms which have a reputation for advising on the regulatory and transactional aspects of business at Lloyd's, RPC¬†has an integrated team, led by¬†Mark Crichard, which advises insurance clients on their developing technology needs and on both technology and business outsourcing. This is part of what makes the firm ‚Äėparticularly commercial and responsive‚Äô, as well as demonstrating its ability ‚Äėto show good initiative‚Äô in the market. ‚ÄėVery capable and bright‚Äô practice head James Mee¬†is ‚Äėa pleasure to deal with‚Äô, and acted as lead counsel to Citynet Insurance Brokers on its sale to Carlyle-backed PIB. Another key highlight for the firm was¬†Matthew Griffith's advice to¬†QBE and Compre on the Part VII transfer of QBE‚Äôs share of the Ridgwell Fox & Partners pool legacy reinsurance business to a Finnish member of the Compre group.

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Insurance: insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

RPC

The combination of RPC's legal business with its consulting arm gives it a broad service offering and deep understanding of the insurance market. Between them, Vivien Tyrell and Matthew Griffith, who co-head the practice, have over 50 years' experience advising in this area, while RPC Consulting partner Jonathan Broughton is a PRA-approved independent expert for Part VII transfers, a particular area of expertise for the firm. An example of this kind of work is the team's advice to QBE and Compre on the Part VII transfer of QBE’s share of the Ridgwell Fox & Partners pool legacy reinsurance business. Other key areas of work include loss portfolio transfers; insurance exit mechanisms, particularly in the run-off field; and providing general assistance to insurers which have discontinued business.

Leading individuals

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2

RPC

RPC's 'tremendously knowledgeable' team acts for major insurers such as XLCatlin, Faraday, Arch and Hiscox. Gavin Reese heads the personal injury practice and specialises in cases involving catastrophic injury, stress and chronic pain. Fiona Hahlo  ('the personification of calm under pressure') has a strong track record handling high-value catastrophic injury claims and 'the extremely diligent and hardworking' Steven Aitken focuses on fatal injury claims where he is 'always on top of legal issues'. health and safety head Nick McMahon is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Fiona Hahlo - RPC

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 2

RPC

The product liability practice at RPC¬†¬†is particularly well regarded for its work in the medical and life sciences industries. Practice head¬†Dorothy Flower¬†(‚Äėtruly exceptional; unflappable under pressure and a real intellectual heavyweight‚Äô) is acting alongside health and safety practice head Nick McMahon¬† for Cloverleaf Products, a former distributor of PIP breast implants, in relation to a number of Part 20 claims brought by clinics which face action for implanting PIP products. In another key matter, the practice is defending Corin in metal-on-metal hip group litigation that went to trial in October 2017. McMahon is also defending an electrical goods manufacture in a house fire claim.¬†Gavin Reese¬†acts for clients across the consumer goods, food, transport and medical devices sectors.

Leading individuals

Gavin Reese - RPC

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

RPC

RPC‚Äôs ‚Äėpractical‚Äô team is active in disputes across the legal, construction, technology, cyber and financial sectors. The team is defending Marsh in a ¬£50m claim brought by NatWest relating to the placement of its public liability policy and is advising several major insurers on regulatory issues and various complaints made against a self-invested personal pensions operator. Aviva, AIG, Libra and Barbican are also key clients. Tim Bull¬†heads the professional and financial risks team;¬†Paul Castellani¬†is ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô; Alexandra Anderson¬†heads the construction insurance team, where Alan Stone¬†is also active; Simon Greenley¬†is regularly instructed on capital markets and financial services disputes; Nick Bird¬†has an ‚Äėeye for detail‚Äô and is ‚Äėsound on strategy‚Äô; James Wickes¬†handles claims against financial professionals and institutions; and Simon Laird¬†is head of insurance. Senior associate Laura Stocks¬†focuses on solicitors‚Äô negligence, while Tom Green, who is also a senior associate, handles construction-related disputes. Legal directors Alison Clarke¬†and Rachael Healey¬†are also recommended. Karen Morrish¬†recently joined from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP. The department is based across the firm‚Äôs Bristol and London offices.

Leading individuals

Nick Bird - RPC

Simon Greenley - RPC

Tim Bull - RPC

Next generation lawyers

Laura Stocks - RPC

Tom Green - RPC

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions
Leading individuals

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 3

RPC

RPC's client list includes the Mill Hill School Foundation, St Clement Danes School and St Clement Danes Holborn Estates Charity, and the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. The team is also able to leverage the firm's wider expertise in corporate and investment matters, mergers, HR and employment to provide a full spectrum of service to clients. Geraldine Elliott heads the practice and has a focus on governance matters, as well as staff and pupil issues such as disputes concerning admissions. Corporate practitioner Anthony Shatz advises schools on M&A and investment matters.

Leading individuals

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

RPC

At RPC, department head Sarah Blunn¬†provides ‚Äėoutstanding, well-rounded advice‚Äô to a range of corporate occupiers. Blunn acts for Maybrook Properties in relation to ongoing management issues at the Westway Shopping Centre in Frome. The team has also handled portfolio management issues for retailers and restaurant operators such as Kourt Food Group and LK Bennett. David Johnston¬†has experience in property development and investment.

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 3

RPC

RPC¬†is a ‚Äėstandout panel firm for construction disputes requiring an insurance angle.‚Äô ‚ÄėExcellent lawyer‚Äô Dan Preston¬†took over from the ‚Äėerudite, smart and well-respected' construction insurance expert Robert Hogarth¬†in March¬†2018 to head the construction team. Preston is the relationship partner for key clients including Sir Robert¬†McAlpine¬†and SPIE, and is advising Morgan Sindall and Bechtel JV on their ¬£3bn tender for the HS2 south stations contracts. On the non-contentious side, the team has particular expertise with NEC forms of contract. Hogarth¬†has been advising AstraZeneca on the procurement, design and construction of their new ¬£400m Global R&D Centre and¬†Corporate Headquarters on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The ‚Äėtruly impressive‚Äô Jonathan¬† Hutt¬†has an established reputation acting for suppliers¬†on PFI matters, acting for SPIE on all variations required within the portfolio of nine PFI¬†projects to which they supply¬†FM services. ‚ÄėThorough and conscientious‚Äô senior associate and adjudication specialist Jamie Key¬†is advising Imperial College in the update of its suite of construction and consultant documents, with the anticipated value of works to the portfolio over the next 10 years coming to ¬£1bn. David Thorne¬†was promoted to partner in May 2017 and is well regarded for ‚Äėhis legal knowledge and ability to find solutions to large infrastructure disputes.‚Äô Associate Philippa¬† Lutter-Paz¬†is ‚Äėan upcoming star.‚Äô

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London: Risk advisory

Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 1

RPC

Reflective of RPC's credentials in the corporate governance sphere, its multidisciplinary team includes partners and associates with experience of serving as general counsels, financial regulators and independent non-executive directors. It has expertise in a broad scope of contentious and non-contentious issues, including gender pay gap analysis, board effectiveness reviews, remuneration policies, company culture and internal investigations. It also provides support on the preparation of Modern Slavery statements. Clients include retailers, financial services and insurance sector firms, and multinational corporates. The firm was appointed to the FCA's Skilled Persons Panel in 2017, and has been approached to provide skilled persons reports on the governance and culture of asset managers and banks. Complementing its core legal advice, the firm is also actively engaged with industry players and influencers, such as Business in the Community and Tomorrow's Company. Jeremy Drew, Patrick Brodie and Matthew Griffith head up the team.

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Data protection privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 3

RPC

The data and privacy practice at RPC is jointly headed up by  Oliver Bray and Keith Mathieson who focus on non-contentious and contentious issues respectively. A 'very experienced and capable litigator', Mathieson is defending Associated Newspapers in several data protection disputes, and acted alongside recently promoted partner Nicola Cain for Media Lawyers Association to draft responses to the government's 'call for views' on derogations to the GDPR. In another significant work highlight, the group is instructed by Facebook to advise of several issues including the impact of the GDPR and ePrivacy Regulation. Jon Bartley joined the group from Penningtons Manches LLP and is considered 'extremely strong in the field', with expertise in digital technology and e-commerce, data protection and cyber security.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

RPC 

RPC¬†¬†provides¬†‚Äėtimely, expert and practical advice tailored to clients' specific circumstances‚Äô. It advises corporations in criminal investigations and corporate witnesses in compliance with production orders and statutory demands for information and documentation. Key client sectors include professional services, media, construction, retail and art as well as having a particular focus on the insurance sector. Davina Given¬†heads the team, which includes¬†Jonathan Cary,¬†who relocated from the Hong Kong office.¬†Parham Kouchikali¬†is also recommended.¬†Richard Burger¬†joined¬†DWF.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 1

RPC

RPC¬† is a defendant firm that ‚Äėoffers a level of advice and litigation experience that‚Äôs hard to beat‚Äô. Clients include The Daily Mail, The Sun, The BBC and Financial Times. ‚ÄėHugely experienced‚Äô partner Nicola Cain¬† advises several high-profile publications on defamation and privacy issues. Keith Mathieson¬† is praised for being ‚Äėa highly respected partner who has a complete command of the legal issues‚Äô. He was the lead partner acting for News Group Newspapers in a privacy and breach of confidence claim brought by the Duchess of York. He also defends MGN Limited in civil claims relating to voicemail interceptions and Associated Newspapers Limited against data protection, libel and privacy claims. Other names to note include Rupert Cowper-Coles,¬†¬†Philip Tansley¬† and Oliver Murphy

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

RPC

RPC has expanded its brand management practice with the recruitment of Paul Joukador, who specialises in commercial and technology matters from Hogan Lovells International LLP, and Jon Bartley from¬†Penningtons Manches LLP. The team headed by advertising expert Oliver Bray advises clients such as Google, Coca-Cola and Dolce & Gabbana on branding and marketing, traditional and new media publishing, contentious and non-contentious IP matters, digital media and data protection. Bray, Victoria Noto and Stuart Harris have recently assisted Facebook on several global advertising and marketing initiatives including collaborations with agencies to develop social media focused advertising, in addition to advising News UK and Ireland on running of promotions across the Sun and The Times publications. Ciara Cullen has advised the Pernod Ricard group on G. H. Mumm‚Äôs sponsorship arrangements with Usain Bolt. The ‚Äėhighly recommended‚Äô Jeremy Drew continues to assist Sports Direct in advertising, copy clearance and regulatory matters. Nicola Cain assists publishing and media sector clients on regulatory and data-related aspects of marketing.

Leading individuals

Oliver Bray - RPC

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

RPC

The intellectual property and technology department at RPC handles both contentious and non-contentious matters across the technology and telecoms sectors, which clients including Dialog Semiconductors, CGI and eClerx. The department is lead by 'tough litigator' Jeremy Drew - who is experienced handling contentious technology and outsourcing matters - and head of the commercial technology team, Mark Crichard. Crichard led a team acting for a global insurer on the tender process for management software and the associated system integration services, as well as on a on a major contact centre outsourcing deal. The team has benefitted from the addition of  Jon Bartley from Penningtons Manches LLP. Bartley specialises in advising on technology and digital business contracts.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

RPC

The intellectual property team at RPC is highlighted for its 'proactive and to the point advice'. The department is largely known for trade mark work;  highlights included defending Sports Direct International in a trade mark infringement claim brought by the owners and licensee of the Beverly Hills Polo Club brand, in relation to clothing and toiletry products bearing the name Beverly Hills. On the transactional front the team advises Agent Provocateur on licensing arrangements, including franchise agreements and trade mark licence agreements, across a number of jurisdictions. Practice head Jeremy Drew  is 'as tough a litigator and negotiator as they come' The group, and particular its technology sector offering, has been further bolstered with the arrival of Jon Bartley from  Penningtons Manches LLP.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

RPC

The ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable‚Äô department at RPC¬†stands out for its ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô publishing expertise, handling contentious and non-contentious matters. Keith Mathieson¬†has ‚Äėmany years of experience and provides pragmatic solutions‚Äô, and leads the media defence team, which counts The Telegraph, Associated News Group, The Financial Times, Hachette UK Group, News UK & Ireland and News Group Newspapers as clients. The department is also experienced across advertising, marketing, gaming, social media and interactive content. Oliver Bray¬†advises Google on numerous TV, online and in-store point of sale advertising and marketing campaigns for various new Google product launches; he also provides YouTube with clearance advice in relation to videos and materials created for YouTube advertising campaigns, and advised Dolce & Gabbana in its response to the Irish Advertising Standards Authority, which had flagged two consumer complaints in relation to a television advertisement. Paul Joseph¬†acts for high-profile media and gaming clients on contentious and non-contentious IP matters.¬† ‚ÄėPractical and approachable‚Äô legal director Nicola Cain¬†handles contentious and non-contentious issues involving media regulation, freedom of expression, content, intermediary liability issues and the data-related aspects of marketing. Senior associates Kim Waite¬†and Rupert Cowper-Coles¬†are also recommended. Jon Bartley¬†joined in 2017 from Penningtons Manches LLP.

Leading individuals

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

RPC

RPC provides an 'extremely high level of service and support' in product liability claims. Team head Dorothy Flower recently advised Clover Leaf Products, a former distributor of PIP breast implants which were later deemed faulty. Also recommended is Peter Rudd-Clarke, who is 'very calm, honest, knowledgeable, organised and efficient'.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

RPC

As well as providing 'outstanding service' on advertising, marketing and GDPR matters, RPC's 'client-oriented' department is frequently active in regulatory and commercial disputes; it fields a tax team that has been especially busy in football. 'Excellent leader, thinker and decision-maker' Jeremy Drew is 'personable, practical, approachable' and 'brilliant to work with'; he acted for Newcastle United FC in a high-profile investigation regarding player transfers and agents' fees. 'Sound thinker and strong communicator' Nicole Jahanshahi pays 'excellent attention to detail'; she has 'a strong work ethic' and is 'a pleasure to work with'. Drew and Jahanshahi advised the English Lacrosse Association on various regulatory and commercial matters, including in relation to the FIL Rathbones Women's Lacrosse World Cup 2017. Betting and data are strengths of the department: Betconstruct and several media organisations and platforms are clients. The practice has additionally won praise for being 'proactive when it comes to equality and diversity'.

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  • Cancelling insurance: insolvency and downgrade clauses

    One of the most common concerns for both parties to an insurance contract (including reinsurance) is that the other party might become insolvent and unable to perform its obligations under the contract. Both insurer and insured will therefore wish to have the right to cancel the insurance mid-term in the event of the other party’s insolvency, or a change in its financial circumstances that makes its insolvency a more likely prospect in the near future.
    - Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP

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