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Bristol, Hong Kong, London, Singapore

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

RPC

RPC’s team combines extensive expertise in a wide range of commercial contracts with specialist in-depth knowledge of associated issues such as data protection, intellectual property and technology. Reflective of the first-rate reputation of the group, which is led by Oliver Bray, it acts for high-calibre clients such as AIG Europe Limited, Google, Sports Direct, RSA and Coca-Cola European Partners. Bray and legal director Robert Johnson assist PizzaExpress with managing its full contract portfolio; a recent mandate involved advising the client on its partnership with Deliveroo for the provision of food delivery services in the UK and Ireland. In 2016, the ‘fast and efficient’ Johnson led the advice to online publisher Unbound on a publishing agreement with writer Shaun Usher concerning "Speeches of Note", and also on a partnership and profit-share agreement with Penguin Random House over the international publishing rights to the book. Mark Crichard, who leads the firm’s technology practice, has nearly 25 years of commercial contracts experience. Sanjay Pritam and senior associate Andrew Crystal are other key contacts. Senior associate Charles Buckworth joined from Allen & Overy LLP.

Leading individuals

Oliver Bray - RPC

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Customs and Excise
Customs and Excise - ranked: tier 3

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According to one source, RPCmust now be considered a strong player’ in the area of customs and excise and ‘there are not many firms in London that could handle the customs and anti-dumping duty cases this firm handles’. An experienced tax litigator and accredited mediator, Adam Craggs heads the department, which was significantly strengthened by the arrival of ‘prominent and commercially aware’ senior associate Michelle Sloane, who joined from The Khan Partnership LLP. Sloane is assisting Bonded Warehousekeepers Association with all HMRC queries, excise duty and supply chain issues. The department also advises on alcohol duty and anti-dumping issues for a number of spirit bottling companies, distilleries and online retailers. Robert Waterson is also recommended.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

RPC

Rising starLambros Kilaniotis (who is ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘hard-working’) heads the team at RPC, which was appointed to RSA Group’s legal panel and counts Sports Direct International, Coca-Cola European Partners, ASOS, Daily Mail & General Trust, and Johnson Controls among its clients. Kilaniotis advised ANV Holding on the competition and merger control aspects of its $218m acquisition by AmTrust Financial Services, and advised Paine & Partners on its strategic investment in Meadow Foods. Senior associate Melanie Musgrave is part of the team providing strategic advice to RSA Group on issues arising from the CMA’s investigation into the private motor insurance market. Stephen Smith joined Bristows LLP.

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 4

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

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Now one of the few firms approved by the FCA for skilled persons conduct issues, RPC’s stature in the financial services regulatory landscape continues to grow. Praised for its ‘first-rate insurance industry knowledge’, the firm regularly advises underwriters, insurance companies and Lloyd’s of London entities across the spectrum of non-contentious and contentious regulatory work. As well as his insurance market expertise, the ‘very well-respected and well-connectedRobbie Constance is also active in the wealth management sector, where his recent work includes a growing number of instructions surrounding the regulatory issues impacting on the burgeoning robo adviser market. The ‘responsive and dedicatedRichard Burger is ‘very strong on regulatory matters’, particularly as they relate to sanctions and financial crime where he is able to ‘bring a unique insight to his advice’ as a result of his previous experience at the FSA. Burger recently represented CT Capital in an FCA enforcement investigation relating to Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) complaints handling. ‘First-rate litigatorParham Kouchikali is also recommended and regularly defends clients in FCA enforcement actions.

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

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RPC’s ‘quick, well-equipped’ team is ‘very committed to meeting deadlines’. It is well known for its strength in the insurance sector: James Mee and David Wallis acted for ANV on its $219m sale by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to AmTrust Financial Services, and insurance expert Matthew Griffith assisted Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group with its sale of Thistle Insurance Services to PIB Group. Private equity, technology, media and retail are other sector strengths. Karen Hendy advised Dialog Semiconductor on its share buyback programme, split into €38m and €75m tranches. Also in the technology space, Richard Haywood acted for Park Place Technologies on its purchase of Computer-Computer. Nigel Collins, who heads the practice’s Japan desk, made partner in May 2016; he advised Itochu Europe on its sale of Harro Foods to Nishimoto Trading, and acted for Zen-Noh International Europe on its purchase of Scotch Frost. Additionally in the food sector, Wallis acted for Paine & Partners on its investment in Meadow Foods. Anthony Shatz and senior associate Paul Jenkins are ‘quick thinkers’ with ‘very good people skills’. David Marshall left for Norton Rose Fulbright in October 2016.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 3

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Combining a good ethos and sense of decency with real ambition for the future’, RPC is ‘easily comparable’ with many other firms in the London partnership space. The group has expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters, and also provides specialist regulatory advice to a variety of legal partnerships. Focusing on partnership disputes, Geraldine Elliott jointly leads the team and represented an ABS law firm in settlement negotiations, involving threat of injunctive action. Similarly, joint practice head Patrick Brodie has experience of contentious and non-contentious matters and has advised on multiple senior partner departures and recruitments in the legal and financial services sectors in 2016. Legal director Graham Reid has deep experience in legal sector partnerships and is the department’s regulatory expert. Significant clients have included GMB Union, RSA and Ernst & Young LLP.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 3

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RPC has established a healthy stable of mid-market clients such as as Bridgepoint, LDC and SVG Capital. In a notable highlight involving a new client, David Wallis, Chris Brierley and James Mee assisted Paine & Partners with its investment in Meadow Foods. Practice head Maurice Dwyer, who has been involved in the private equity industry since 1986, acted for Evaluate Group and its management team in an equity investment made by HgCapital. Brierley and Nigel Collins recently made partner while Jeremy Cunningham, who divides his time between Hong Kong and London, was hired from Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong. In another development, David Marshall moved to Norton Rose Fulbright. David Wallis and legal director Graham Spalding are also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

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

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RPC’s ‘lawyers are excellent and they are always at hand to explain complex legal points’. The firm’s scope of work includes disputes involving corporate bonds, hybrid products, complex structured investment products, loan facilities, and fraud. It has also been involved with increasing amounts of insolvency and restructuring work. The practice represented Bank St Petersburg (BSP) in proceedings against an oligarch and his wife, to enforce personal guarantees in support of loans to companies that were owned or controlled by the oligarch. It also acted for Kaupthing in claims regarding transactions entered into before its collapse in 2008, including its buy-back of a large number of bonds. Department head and ‘true starTom Hibbert is ‘a giant in this field’; and the ‘very effective operatorParham Kouchikalihas client skills as smooth as velvet’. Simon Hart specialises in banking disputes, financial markets litigation and restructuring disputes, as well as regulatory and internal corporate investigations; Andy McGregor has extensive experience of disputes arising from structured finance and derivatives, including CDOs and credit default swaps. Davina Given is also a key contact.

Leading individuals

Tom Hibbert - RPC

Next generation lawyers

Chris Ross - RPC

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

RPC

RPCgives clients a great level of service and takes the time to get to know and understand clients’ business’. The firm’s specialist contentious teams cover tax, employment, real estate, finance and banking, along with TMT, insurance and re-insurance, construction and competition law. The practice acted for Ingenious Media Holding in a claim brought by approximately 300 investors for losses alleged to have arisen from investments into film production partnerships. Geraldine Elliott is commercial disputes head and Tom Hibbert is global commercial disputes head. Simon Hartslots in seamlessly to in-house teams when presenting advice to senior executives’; and Andy McGregor, Tim Brown, Rupert Boswall, Davina Given and Parham Kouchikali are also highly rated. International trade and fraud specialist Stuart Shepherd joined from Ince & Co.

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 4

RPC

RPCpunches well above its weight’ in the area of competition litigation and has experience in commercial antitrust disputes, regulatory challenges and private actions, acting for claimants and defendants. Solicitor advocate Lambros Kilaniotis, who is ‘a good tactician with encyclopaedic knowledge of the law’, is acting for claimants in a litany of follow-on claims regarding a competition decision in the financial services sector. Catherine Percy is representing NHS bodies in Scotland and Northern Ireland in a damages action against Servier, following the EC’s finding of anti-competitive practices by the drug manufacturer. Chris Ross was promoted to partner in 2017 while Stephen Smith left the firm for Bristows LLP. The department’s notable clients include Sports Direct International, LINPAC and Pizza Express.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

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RPC acts in disputes involving construction and engineering, international trade, finance, transport, and IP, as well as energy, insurance and reinsurance. The team’s scope of experience includes claims against sovereign states and PIL disputes, and complex international joint venture and shareholder disputes. Jonathan Wood is ‘a real statesman, who can run massive arbitrations with his eyes shut, and is always one step ahead of the other side’. Stuart Shepherd joined from Ince & Co to develop the firm’s commodities practice in London.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 3

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RPC provides a ‘hard-hitting but commercial approach’, with particular emphasis on the health, legal, and financial sectors. The group represents clients in proceedings before regulators such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the Financial Conduct Authority and delivers strategic regulatory advice to corporate clients. Jointly headed by Dorothy Flower (who focuses on health and social care), legal director Graham Reid (who focuses on legal services matters), and the ‘pro-active’ and ‘astuteRichard Burger (who focuses on accountancy and financial matters), the team includes legal director Amy Gallimore, who is noted for her insolvency expertise.

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

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RPC’s contentious tax practice is ‘of a very high quality and covers a range of issues, from tax avoidance, to accelerated payment notices, to EU law’. It has significant capabilities in alternative dispute resolution and has made it a point to recruit practitioners with experience working for HMRC. Led by Adam Craggs, the team handles tax litigation and judicial review, and also has experience in HMRC investigations. In 2016, Craggs has handled cases involving anti-dumping duties, employee incentive schemes and the UK aggregates levy. Recently promoted to legal director, clients have said Robert Waterson is ‘performing at the level of partner’ and handles direct and indirect tax litigation. Clients of the department include major plc’s such as Sports Direct and Lookers, international operators like L’Oreal and pension groups such as Nestlé UK Pension Trust. Senior associate Michelle Sloane joined the team from The Khan Partnership LLP in 2016.

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London: Finance

Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 3

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RPC is ‘a very experienced firm that is excellent in every way in the commodities space’. Its commercial disputes team has a long track record in the market and emphasised its commitment to commodities litigation with the hire of Stuart Shepherd from Ince & Co in 2016. ‘A standout lawyer in the commodities area and really at the top of his game’, Shepherd is ‘well known in the commodities space and provides an efficient and appropriate level of service; his direct and no-nonsense approach can be exactly what is required to bring some common sense to a situation’. His recent highlights include acting for Dukkar in a claim against refiner and oil storage provider MOH in a case regarding the contamination of a cargo of fuel. Also recommended are partners Simon Hart and Tim Brown, consultant Jonathan Wood, and ‘impressive’ senior associate Danyel White, who is noted for commodity contract disputes.

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London: Human resources

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

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RPC’s employment, pensions and incentives team has extensive experience handling high-profile contentious mandates for a wide range of clients. Patrick Brodie, who heads the team, led the team representing the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in a dispute brought before the Supreme Court regarding whether an employment claim can be brought against a diplomat. Brodie also has extensive experience handling TUPE and Gender Pay Gap Reporting matters. The team includes legal director Kelly Thomson, who has particular expertise advising on outsourcing, large-scale redundancies and other employment matters with cross-border elements. Investec, Coca-Cola and Chubb Insurance are also clients.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

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At RPC, the health and safety team acts for corporate clients and insurers. Nick McMahon represented South Lakes Safari Zoo and its director in a prosecution by the Barrow Borough Council regarding the death of an employee. Gavin Reese, who jointly heads the team with McMahon, assisted a client with an inquest and HSE investigation arising from a fatality during a lift installation. Other clients include XL Catlin.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
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Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 3

RPC

RPC has ‘a strong presence in the clinical negligence market’ with experience in complex cases including brain injury, spinal injury and the negligent care of patients who are sectioned or detained; the practice also specialises in reproductive healthcare and fertility services and is singled out by clients as ‘a market leader for claims relating to the provision of sexual health services’. The firm has recently been involved in the defence of Spire Healthcare Limited in a high-profile £50m case brought against consultant surgeon Ian Paterson and the NHS Trust over the alleged performance of ‘cleavage sparing mastectomies’ and other unnecessary surgical procedures. Department head Dorothy Flower has acted for a variety of medical malpractice insurers, private hospitals, individual healthcare practitioners, and other healthcare organisations; she is a leading solicitor in the field of reproductive medicine and has experience in mental health, psychiatric injury, overdose and mis-prescription claims.

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

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Cross-border work is a core strength of RPC’s practice. Richard Breavington and international property loss expert Rebecca Hopkirk head the reinsurance team with Leigh Williams, who is defending W. R. Berkley Corporation, Lancashire Group, QBE, RSA, Tokio Marine Kiln, AXIS and CNA Hardy’s $362m total loss layer of an offshore CAR policy in relation to the $1.3bn claim brought by Single Buoy Moorings against its insurers for the alleged constructive total loss of the Yme platform. Markel International, Travelers, XL Catlin and Pembroke Syndicate 4000 are other clients of the practice, which is now led by Simon Laird following James Miller’s promotion to managing partner. James Wickes is instructed by financial professionals and institutions and Simon Goldring is recommended for coverage disputes and claims against directors, accountants and brokers, and Victoria Sherratt’s caseload includes subrogated recovery actions and business interruption matters. Gary Walkling is an up-and-coming senior associate in energy insurance.

Next generation lawyers

Gary Walkling - RPC

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 3

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RPC has seen a significant number of restructuring mandates, and is a key name for big-ticket M&A deals across the insurance sector. The group also has significant regulatory expertise, advising on the full range of issues including systematic risk management, product governance, distribution agreements and new business propositions. Clients include RSA Group and Novae. The team recently advised ANV on the strategic review and disposal of ANV Holdings, which was acquired by AmTrust Financial Services for $219m. The practice also acted as sole legal advisor to Besso and B.P Marsh & Partners, its strategic investor, on its £70m sale of BGC Partners, and is advising QBE and Compre on the Part VII transfer of QBE’s share in Ridgwell Fox & Partners’ pool legacy reinsurance business. Practice head James Mee has notable expertise in private equity transactions; Matthew Griffith focuses on the financial services sector; and Neil Brown has a particular interest in Lloyd’s startups.

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

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RPC has a strong track record across all insurance-related insolvency matters including Part VII transfers, exit mechanisms, Lloyd’s corporate member restructurings and schemes of arrangement. The firm has also had an increasing presence in the run-off field, and regularly advises its run-off, broker and general insurance clients on the implementation of Solvency II. The team recently acted for Carter Backer Winter LLP as liquidators of Fenton Insurance Company, assisting with its voluntary liquidation as an alternative to a scheme of arrangement, and are also advising Western Pacific Insurance following its insolvency as a result of the Christchurch earthquake, advising on insurance losses and possible commutation of reinsurance liabilities. Matthew Griffith and Vivien Tyrell co-head the practice, which saw the arrival of legal director James Phythian-Adams from Sidley Austin LLP in 2016.

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

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RPC has a track record in handling complex personal injury cases involving life-changing injuries, such as amputation and brain damage, and is experienced in crisis management. The firm represents a number of clients and major insurance providers, such as XLCatlin, Faraday, Arch and Hiscox. Recent work includes a £1m EL claim in which the claimant suffered brain damage and numerous physical injuries after falling from height whilst working on a ladder at work; a split-trial on liability decided in the defendant’s favour. The ‘superb and tenaciousGavin Reese acted as lead partner on the case and specialises in catastrophic injury claims. The ‘highly professional, approachable and knowledgeableNick McMahon has expertise in high-value complex injury cases, pharmaceutical and product claims, and group actions.

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 3

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The ‘very experiencedDorothy Flower leads the medical and life sciences team at RPC and is adept in defending suppliers and manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceutical products in major disputes, which includes defending Corin in the metal-on-metal hip group litigation that will go to trial in October 2017. In another illustration of strength, Flower and health and safety practice head Nick McMahon are representing 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. Senior associate Peter Rudd-Clarke is a key figure with practice head Gavin Reese, who is defending a Chinese manufacturer in a property damage claim relating to a fire that was allegedly caused by a bottle cooler supplied by the client. Well-known insurers such as QBE and XL Catlin feature on the client roster with Stanmore Implants Worldwide and Endologix.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

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RPC’s team, which is based across the firm’s London and Bristol offices, is ‘one of the most efficient, effective and market aware firms for professional negligence litigation’ and fields a range of ‘astute and adept litigators’. Its expertise spans disputes pertaining to the legal and construction sectors, as well as those involving financial risks, and tech and cyber issues. AIG, Axis Capital, QBE, Libra Insurance Services, Aon and Liberty Speciality Markets are clients. Practice head Tim Bull is defending Confiànce against a £40m claim. Paul Castellani, who ‘can get to the bottom of any tricky problem extremely quickly’, defended Arch Insurance Company against a £5m claim. Alexandra Anderson heads the insurance construction team, where Alan Stone is also very active; Stone defended Colliers International in a dispute before the Commercial Court pertaining to a claim brought by White Tower regarding the valuation of a portfolio of Central London office buildings. Simon Greenley is particularly active in capital markets and financial services disputes, head of insurance Simon Laird specialises in claims against accountants and independent financial advisers, Nick Birdfights cases hard’, and James Wickes is ‘a rising star’. Laura Stocks is focused on defending complex and high value claims against solicitors and fellow senior associate Tom Green is experienced in construction-related disputes.

Leading individuals

Nick Bird - RPC

Tim Bull - RPC

Next generation lawyers:

Laura Stocks - RPC

Tom Green - RPC

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London: Public sector

Education: individuals
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Education: institutions
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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 3

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RPC’s team has key specialisms advising on fundraising issues, international joint venture agreements, disciplinary action and governance matters. The group also assists clients with safeguarding, conversions, mergers and corporate transactions. It recently advised various schools on employment issues, including conducting contractual reviews, and assisted with property-related work, including land disposals and academic housing projects. Its client base includes Mill Hill School Foundation, Alpha Plus Group and St Helen’s School. Practice head Geraldine Elliott and Anthony Shatz are the key contacts.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 5

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

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Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 4

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Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

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RPC’s ‘attentive’ practice has ‘good industry knowledge’, and the team has particular strength in sectors such as retail, education and charities. Practice co-head Sarah Blunn, who is ‘personable and pragmatic’, specialises in corporate occupier work, and in one highlight, is advising Quadrature Capital on the relocation of its head office to London’s "cheesegrater" building (122 Leadenhall). Blunn was also busy in the investment sub-sector, where she represented Maybrook Properties in the £13m sale of a factory and warehouse asset in Carlisle. Her fellow practice co-head, David Johnston, focuses on investment work for both UK and foreign investors and is acting for NHBC on various transactions including the transfer of a residential development. In the retail sub-sector the team advises both tenants and occupiers, and Johnston is assisting Kout Food Group with the signing and termination of leases, and property occupation management, among other matters.

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

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Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

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RPC reported a further increase in contractor work during 2016; the team currently acts for a sizeable number of domestic contractors, including Sir Robert McAlpine, Morgan Sindall Group and ISG. Newly promoted partner Jonathan Hutt and legal director David Thorne (both are ‘hardworking, and do their very best for the client’), are currently acting for Carillion on various claims, including one to recover losses incurred in the construction of the Rolls Building. In other contentious highlights, Dan Preston and contentious practice head Robert Hogarth are representing Hammerson in a claim against Lend Lease Construction for costs arising from glass failures at 125 Old Broad Street, London. The team was also highly active on various PFI-related disputes arising in the health and education sectors. Preston leads on transactional work following Mark Lynch’s departure. Recent non-contentious mandates include acting for Arup and Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure on a joint venture to provide a range of infrastructure asset services to Sellafield; and advising AstraZeneca on the procurement, design and construction of its new global research and development centre, and corporate headquarters, at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Next generation lawyers

David Thorne - RPC

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

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RPC’s department is headed by Sukh Ahark, with support from David Johnston and legal director Edward Colville, who are both noted for their development finance experience. Lender clients include Shinsei International Bank, Royal Bank of Canada and Development Bank of Japan; Dorsett Hospitality International and Maybrook Properties are sponsor clients.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

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RPCmasters the balance between delivering great and timely advice that is commercially effective, and horizon gazing to ensure clients are knowledgeable on the space as it stands’. Oliver Bray regularly acts for clients in the media and online retail sectors and leads the non-contentious practice, while Keith Mathieson leads on the contentious side. The team’s impressive client roster includes Virgin Media and Coca-Cola European Partners, with legal director Robert Johnson (who ‘deserves to be put in the spotlight for his incredible knowledge and commercial guidance’) recently acting for the latter on an international data transfer and related compliance issues.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 2

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RPC’s ‘well-led department’ provides ‘practical advice across a range of regulatory and corporate crime matters’, and has notable expertise in the professional services, construction, retail and art sectors. The team recently advised a marine market client on financial and trade sanctions regimes; handled several anti-money laundering and suspicious activity reporting matters; and investigated a number of fraudulent insurance claims. Practice head Richard Burgertakes a calm and measured approach to proactive defence’, and ‘is highly valued by clients facing criminal investigations’. Davina Given has extensive cross-border experience, and Parham Kouchikali specialises in financial dispute resolution and FCA enforcement actions.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 1

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At RPC, practice head Keith Mathieson is ‘a first-rate lawyer’ and ‘an excellent tactician, who is cool and collected under pressure and gives thoughtful and pragmatic advice’. The team ‘understands media litigation inside out’ and focuses solely on acting for defendants; clients include the News Media Association, Twitter, Times Newspapers, News Group Newspapers and the Financial Times. Mathieson recently represented Mirror Group Newspapers in several high-profile claims brought by individuals relating to voicemail interception and call data blagging; he also defended Associated Newspapers in a libel and malicious falsehood action brought by Optical Express over allegations published by the Daily Mail, and acted for Thomson Reuters in libel proceedings brought by Finsbury Park Mosque over false allegations of involvement in terrorism. Other key practitioners include senior associate and ‘seasoned media litigator’ Louise Turner, who is ‘a pleasure to work with’, senior associate Kim Waite and legal director Nicola Cain.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

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RPC strengthened its media and information law and contentious data protection with the recruitment of Nicola Cain, who joined as legal director from an in-house role in February 2017. Its wide-ranging expertise spans traditional and new media publishing, IP, data protection, advertising, competition and corporate media work. Recent highlights include assisting PizzaExpress with all aspects of its advertising and marketing campaigns and brand protection and enforcement matters. Highlights for Oliver Bray included assisting Google with its pan-European advertising campaigns, including advising on TV, online and in-store point of sale advertising campaigns for new Google product launches, and acting for YouTube on clearance issues in relation to videos and materials created for a variety of YouTube advertising campaigns. IP specialist Jeremy Drew represented Louis Roederer in its successful trade mark claim against J. García Carrión regarding its infringement of Cristal champagne. David Cran advised Sports Direct on the sale of the Dunlop brand to Sumitomo Rubber Industries, which involved the acquisition of Dunlop’s trade mark portfolio and its sporting goods and licensing business. Paul Joseph acted for the BBC in a dispute with Take-Two Interactive regarding marketing materials for the TV drama The Gamechangers. Ben Mark and recently promoted partner Ciara Cullen are also names to note.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

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RPC’s ‘outstanding’ team is headed by Jeremy Drew and is praised for its ‘detailed analysis'. Mark Crichard, who is head of commercial technology, has ‘a calm demeanour’; he handled key IT projects for Hachette Book Group. Senior associate Charles Buckworth, who was a new arrival from Allen & Overy LLP, focuses on commercial and outsourcing matters. Legal Directors Georgia Davis and Sarah Hill specialise in IT disputes. Legal director Philip Tansley advises insurance clients on technology-related issues; he defended cyber security consultancy Nettitude against allegations of negligent cyber security and payment card industry compliance advice. Other clients include BBC Worldwide, CGI and Daily Mail General Trust.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

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At RPC, the ‘client- and business-minded’ team predominantly handles trade mark and copyright litigation, and transactional matters. Practice head Jeremy Drew, who stands out for the ‘sharpness and clarity’ of his advice, acted for Louis Roederer in a trade mark infringement and passing off claim against J Garcia Carrión (JGC) concerning Cristal champagne and JGC’s Cristalino. Paul Joseph and David Cran are ‘excellent lawyers’, and have expertise in contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Paul Joseph recently defended Sports Direct against claims brought by Beverly Hills Polo Club alleging trade mark infringement and inducing breach of contract. David Cran recently defended The States of Jersey Development Company against a copyright infringement claim brought by Hopkins Architects. IP and technology litigator Ciara Cullen, who was recently made partner, advised Pernod Ricard on endorsements and brand ambassador contracts for its various brands. Other key figures include legal directors Ben Mark and Georgia Davis, and senior associates Henry Priestley and Louise Morgan. Google and the BBC are also clients.

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

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The team at RPC is noted for its strength in publishing matters, particularly when it comes to defending clients in contentious matters. It also provides non-contentious advice on pre-publication, regulatory matters and agreements, and handles issues arising from marketing, gaming, social media and interactive entertainment. ‘Advertising expertOliver Bray leads on advertising, social media and interactive content; he advised Ubisoft on the transfer of its e-commerce function in-house. Publishing head Keith Mathieson has a ‘fantastic reputation’ and is defending Times Newspapers in a privacy and data protection claim relating to an article published in The Sunday Times. Key publishing clients also include Financial Times, Trinity Mirror, Associated Newspapers, Bloomsbury, Hachette Random House, and The Spectator. It also acts for media insurers such as Hiscox, AXIS Pro Europe and Chubb. Paul Joseph is ‘excellent’ on contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Gaming clients include Betfred and Square Enix, while Twitter is a key client in the social media and interactive content space. Legal director Nicola Cain joined from the BBC and associate Rupert Cowper-Coles joined from Withers LLP. Senior associates Kim Waite and Louise Turner are also recommended in the publishing arena.

Leading individuals: Media and entertainment

Oliver Bray - RPC (Advertising and marketing)

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

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RPC is known for assisting medical device companies with product liability claims, and advising US manufacturers of medical devices on UK and EU regulations. It is also experienced in all coronial investigations and advising on liability, regulatory and PR concerns associated with inquests. Practice head Dorothy Flower and senior associate Peter Rudd-Clarke are advising Corin on the metal-on-metal hip implant litigation and are representing Clover Leaf Products in PIP implant litigation. The team also handles clinical trial claims, and recently advised the insurers of a clinical trial with regards to a pre-action claim. It also assisted a pharmaceutical company following the death of a clinical trial participant. Other representative clients include BioPoly, Nonin Medical and Abbot Laboratories.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

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RPC’s ‘extremely responsive’ team ‘knows the sports industry inside out’, and provides a ‘very high level of service’. Practice head Jeremy Drew represents Sports Direct in a long-running dispute with Rangers FC regarding football kit supply and sponsorship agreements. He also advised the same client on a sponsorship deal with the Football Association of Ireland. Tom Hibbert represented Lancashire County Cricket Club in a dispute against NatWest and RBS regarding the alleged mis-sale of a financial product it was required to enter into as part of the redevelopment financing of Emirates Old Trafford. Other clients include Dunlop and the English Lacrosse Association. Tax disputes expert Adam Craggs, and senior associates Andrew Crystal, who is a commercial specialist, Nicole Jahanshahi, who focuses on IP and sports disputes, and Henry Priestley, an expert in football regulatory issues, are also recommended.

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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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