London: Corporate and commercial
RPC’s commercial contracts expertise is complemented by strengths in areas such as data protection, advertising/marketing, digital, and intellectual property. The firm is also a go-to for big-ticket strategic matters. Oliver Bray and Robert Johnson assisted Coca-Cola Enterprises with various matters, including negotiating a major online sales agreement with Amazon. Other clients include Google, Betfair and Virgin Media. Anna Cook joined Bristows LLP.
Oliver Bray - RPC
EU and competition
RPC is especially active in behavioural work, with particular expertise in the insurance and retail sectors, and the team acted for Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance during the CMA’s investigation into the private motor insurance market. It also advised Independent Print on the competition aspects of its £24m sale of the i newspaper to Johnston Press. Other clients include DMG Media, Johnson Controls and Snap-on Holdings UK. Lambros Kilaniotis heads the practice.
Led by the ‘tenacious’ and ‘hardworking’ Richard Burger, RPC is best known for its expertise within the insurance sector, where Burger ‘really has a sense of what works before the regulator’. Robbie Constance provides ‘pithy and articulate advice’ to clients in the wealth and investment management sector.
M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
RPC’s practice is led by Tim Anderson, who acted for Dialog Semiconductor on the UK aspects – worth approximately $2bn – of its acquisition of Atmel Corporation. Matthew Griffith, formerly general counsel at Worldpay, joined in October 2015; Neil Brown made partner in May 2015. James Mee has ‘good technical knowledge’.
At RPC, practice co-heads Patrick Brodie and Geraldine Elliott provide contentious and non-contentious advice to a broad range of clients, including Ernst & Young and RSA. Legal director Graham Reid is another key contact.
Private equity: transactions
The ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’ Maurice Dwyer leads RPC’s team, which has ‘a practical, hands-on approach’ to mid-cap transactions. Neil Brown led on Alere’s $164m sale of BBI Diagnostics to Exponent. In another highlight, the firm acted for DMG Media and Wowcher’s management team in the sale of Wowcher to Exponent. Other clients include ArchiMed, Lyceum Capital and LDC. David Marshall is recommended along with recent hire Graham Spalding, who joined from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP.
London: Crime, fraud and licensing
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
RPC’s team is ‘particularly adept in matters involving regulators and breaches of financial sanctions’. ‘Standout lawyer’ Richard Burger has vast experience in advising the insurance sector on financial crime matters. Recent personnel developments saw Parham Kouchikali join from Linklaters LLP and Davina Given promoted to partner.
London: Dispute resolution
Banking litigation: investment and retail
Clients praise RPC for its ‘first-class service’ and single out the ‘tactically superb’ Tom Hibbert and Simon Hart, who ‘zealously pursues clients’ objectives’. The team advised Bank St Petersburg in proceedings to enforce a series of personal guarantees. Also recommended are Parham Kouchikali (who is ‘a rising partner’) and Andy McGregor. Davina Given was promoted to partner.
Tom Hibbert - RPC
RPC recently advised an investment fund in a claim involving alleged breaches of duty by former directors. Geraldine Elliott and Tom Hibbert are recommended alongside Andy McGregor, Simon Hart, Tim Brown and Rupert Boswall.
RPC’s competition clients include Pizza Express, Sports Direct and the RSA Group. In an illustration of its strength in the public healthcare sector, the practice has been acting for NHS bodies in Scotland and Northern Ireland in a damages claim against the manufacturer of a cardiovascular drug arising from potential infringements of EU competition law. Practice head Lambros Kilaniotis is recommended. Stephen Smith moved to Bristows LLP.
RPC is experienced in construction and engineering, international trade and finance claims, as well as transport, IP, energy, insurance and reinsurance disputes. Jonathan Wood ‘understands arbitration procedures’.
RPC primarily represents corporate and individual clients in accountancy, law, education and healthcare disciplinary proceedings. The ‘meticulous’ Richard Burger heads the practice and has a focus on the financial services sector, while Graham Reid and Dorothy Flower focus on legal and health regulation, respectively.
The ‘hugely experienced and universally respected’ Keith Mathieson leads RPC’s practice, which is representing Mirror Group Newspapers in high-profile litigation pertaining to voicemail interception. In another key matter, the group successfully defended Times Newspapers in litigation initiated by Tim Yeo MP pertaining to an article published in The Sunday Times. Senior associates Kim Waite, Louise Turner and Harry Kinmonth are also recommended. David Hooper retired in 2016.
Keith Mathieson - RPC
Tax litigation and investigations
RPC’s ‘highly practical team’ is ‘responsive without compromising on the ability to deliver high-quality analysis and solutions’. ‘Dynamic’ team head Adam Craggs is noted for his ‘clear and practical’ advice; he is representing over 2,000 IT contractors in judicial review proceedings against HMRC relating to its accelerated payment notices, and continues to act for Greene King in its dispute with the Revenue over the tax treatment of its intra-group finance arrangements.
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
At RPC, ‘commercially focused’ team head Sukh Ahark handles financing work for corporates including Sports Direct and Dialog Semiconductor.
London: Human resources
Employment: employers and senior executives
Patrick Brodie (‘one of the cleverest lawyers around, and maintains a sense of commerciality and fun’) leads RPC’s ‘genuinely outstanding’ practice, which excels in high-profile litigation and transactions, often with an international element. Clients include CBRE and Associated Newspapers, with new client wins including Coca-Cola Enterprises and Lifeways. The team continued to defend the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia before the Court of Appeal in a claim concerning the application of diplomatic immunity. ‘Technically brilliant legal director’ Kelly Thomson is also recommended.
Health and safety
RPC’s ‘fair, balanced and pragmatic team’ stands out for its insurance expertise; clients include XL Caitlin and Faraday. Practice co-heads Gavin Reese and Nick McMahon are praised for their ‘ability to tailor advice to each situation’ and ‘are able get the best out of those they are working with’.
Clinical negligence: claimant
Dorothy Flower - RPC
Clinical negligence: defendant
At RPC, Dorothy Flower acts for a variety of medical malpractice insurers, private hospitals, clinics and individual healthcare practitioners, and has a strong knowledge of pharmaceuticals. Recent work includes acting for Spire Healthcare and Royal Sun Alliance on more than 700 claims arising from the activities of a consultant surgeon.
Dorothy Flower - RPC
Insurance and reinsurance litigation
RPC’s 17-partner group recently strengthened its international property and energy expertise with the recruitment of Rebecca Hopkirk and Leigh Williams from Clyde & Co LLP. James Miller heads the practice, which recently acted for W.R Berkley Insurance and Lancashire Insurance in a $1.3bn claim against SBM Offshore, and represented QBE, Gerling, Munich Re and other reinsurers in a mining-related illness claim. Simon Goldring, Victoria Sherratt and Alex Hamer are all key figures.
Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Clients of RPC’s ‘responsive’ practice rate its ‘invaluable understanding of insurance contracts’. James Mee acted for RFIB Holdings on the sale of its business to Calera Capital, and also advised Ironshore on its establishment of the Patria SPS structure. RSA, AIG and Markel are also key clients.
Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
RPC’s ‘pragmatic, knowledgeable and responsive’ group provides ‘strong advice related to the interpretation of relatively new and untested regulations’. Key areas of expertise include solvent schemes of arrangement, part VII transfers and exit mechanisms in the runoff field. Department head Vivien Tyrell is ‘an extremely well-respected lawyer who considers each case on its own merits’, and has ‘a very wide knowledge of insurance insolvency matters’. RSA, Partner Re and Argo are key clients.
Vivien Tyrell - RPC
Personal injury: defendant
RPC’s group is noted for its ‘great level of industry knowledge’ and for its ‘consideration of both old and new case laws in its advice’. Gavin Reese and Nick McMahon co-head the group, which acts for clients including OIM, Arch and Hiscox, and which successfully represented the defendant in a £1m traumatic amputation claim.
Product liability: defendant
In an illustration of RPC’s track record acting for insurers and their insured, Dorothy Flower is leading the team representing Corin Limited and its insurers in group litigation concerning its metal-on-metal hip-implant technology. Flower is noted for her ‘energy and penetrating analysis when co-ordinating a defence’. Practice head Gavin Reese is also recommended. Alex Hamer has retired.
RPC has ‘a fantastic reputation’ for professional negligence work and its expertise spans legal, technology, construction, surveyors and financial negligence. AIG, Aviva, AXIS, QBE and Markel are clients. Tim Bull heads the team, which includes Nick Bird, who is noted for his ‘in-depth knowledge’; Paul Castellani, who is ‘excellent on claims involving lawyers’; the ‘very experienced’ Alan Stone, who is particularly noted for construction-related cases; and the ‘outstanding’ Alexandra Anderson. Also recommended are the ‘brilliant’ Simon Greenley and Simon Laird. James Wickes was promoted to partner in 2015, while Alex Hamer recently retired.
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London: Public sector
RPC’s ‘excellent’ team is led by the ‘experienced and efficient’ Geraldine Elliott, who successfully defended a school client in a claim for disability discrimination. Anthony Shatz acts for private equity firms active in the education sector.
London: Real estate
Sarah Blunn and David Johnston are in charge at RPC, which acts for a range of clients including Sports Direct and Imperial College London. Aside from corporate occupier work, the team was also busy on the investment side and advised Zeno Capital on the £90m sale of the London Fire Brigade’s headquarters.
RPC’s substantial contentious practice spans insurance-related and standalone construction law work, and is singled out as being ‘notably strong in large multi-party disputes’; the team acted for VolkerFitzpatrick in a High Court dispute relating to defective piles at Accolade Park in Bristol. Robert Hogarth is ‘an exceptional operator’ and newly promoted partner Dan Preston gives ‘practical advice’. On the non-contentious side, director Mark Lynch has ‘an innovative streak’ and acts for clients such as AstraZeneca and Imperial College, London.
Sukh Ahark leads the team at RPC, where David Johnston, legal director Edward Colville and senior associate Adam Chamberlain are also active in the sector. Ahark and Chamberlain advised Consolidated Contractors Group on the £42m financing, acquisition and development of several residential sites in central London.
RPC’s well-regarded practice is led by Tim Fogarty, who acts for Bellway Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Crest Nicholson.
London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
Oliver Bray’s team at RPC serves as lead UK advertising and marketing advisers for Google, and acts for PizzaExpress, Sports Direct and The Coca-Cola Company on a range of advertising matters. Bray also assists Associated Newspapers with promotions and related marketing for the Daily Mail. Highlights for Jeremy Drew included advising International Brand Management Limited on a global endorsement deal with British band Little Mix.
IT and telecoms
At RPC, commercial technology head Mark Crichard advises IT and BPO service provider eClerx on all its contracts globally, and IP head Jeremy Drew is representing The National Trust in a Technology and Construction Court claim against IBM. Other clients include Betfair, the Daily Mail General Trust and King’s College Hospital. Anna Cook joined Bristows LLP in January 2016.
RPC’s practice focuses on trade mark and copyright litigation, as well as international arbitration. Jeremy Drew acted for Champagne Louis Roederer in a successful trade mark infringement and passing-off claim. Paul Joseph is acting for the BBC in a dispute with Take-Two Interactive in respect of its marketing materials. David Cran gives ‘clear and robust advice’.
Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Key figures at RPC include Oliver Bray (who ‘has great analytical skills’), Keith Mathieson and the ‘excellent’ Paul Joseph. The firm acts for publishers, newspapers, video game developers and a number of high-profile internet companies. Mathieson is assisting Associated Newspapers with appeals to the Information Tribunal and Bray advises the same client on promotions and related marketing. Joseph is acting for the BBC in a dispute with Take-Two Interactive that relates to feature-length drama The Game Changers.
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
RPC’s ‘experienced’ team is ‘particularly strong when it comes to medical devices’. Practice head Dorothy Flower ‘brings energy and penetrating analysis to her role’. Flower defends manufacturers in product liability cases.
The ‘extremely professional’ team at RPC is led by Jeremy Drew, who ‘always has an eye on the bigger picture’. It handled several sponsorship agreements for Dunlop Slazenger International, including assisting Slazenger with renewing its relationship as an official supplier of sporting goods for Wimbledon. Other highlights included the firm’s appointment as legal partner for the 2017 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup; Drew is leading the advice, supported by senior associates Andrew Crystal and Nicole Jahanshahi. Tax practitioner Adam Craggs is frequently sought out to advise on image rights disputes.
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- Corporate and commercial : Commercial contracts
- Corporate and commercial : EU and competition
- Corporate and commercial : Financial services
- Corporate and commercial : M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
- Corporate and commercial : Partnership
- Corporate and commercial : Private equity: transactions
- Crime, fraud and licensing : Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
- Dispute resolution : Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Dispute resolution : Commercial litigation
- Dispute resolution : Competition litigation
- Dispute resolution : International arbitration
- Dispute resolution : Professional discipline
- Dispute resolution : Reputation management
- Dispute resolution : Tax litigation and investigations
- Finance : Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
- Human resources : Employment: employers and senior executives
- Human resources : Health and safety
- Insurance : Clinical negligence: claimant
- Insurance : Clinical negligence: defendant
- Insurance : Insurance: corporate and regulatory
- Insurance : Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
- Insurance : Insurance and reinsurance litigation
- Insurance : Personal injury: defendant
- Insurance : Product liability: defendant
- Insurance : Professional negligence
- Public sector : Education: individuals
- Public sector : Education: institutions
- Public sector : Education: schools
- Real estate : Commercial property
- Real estate : Construction
- Real estate : Property finance
- Real estate : Property litigation
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Brand management
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : IT and telecoms
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Intellectual property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Sport
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