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TOWER BRIDGE HOUSE, ST KATHARINE'S WAY, LONDON, E1W 1AA, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

RPC

The 'very commercial and client-focused' RPC advises on agreements across various industries, from the largest outsourcings to bespoke contracts for start-ups. The firm’s expertise includes technology, IP, marketing, licensing and sponsorship. Practice head Oliver Bray is an 'exceptional partner' and specialises in commercial law, particularly commercial contracts, data protection, and regulatory and content issues. Notable in his team of 'great all-round commercial lawyers' are Mark Crichard, who leads the firm's technology and outsourcing practice; Charles Buckworth, who is a specialist IT, outsourcing and data lawyer; and senior associate Alyson Lloyd, who focuses on supply chain, advertising and sponsorship matters. Commercial, outsourcing and technology specialist Paul Joukador joined in 2018 from Hogan Lovells International LLP and in 2019 commercial partner Simon Edwards arrived from Shoosmiths LLP. Senior associate Andrew Crystal left in 2018 to go in-house at Amazon Web Services.

Practice head(s):Oliver Bray

Other key lawyers:Alyson Lloyd; Charles Buckworth; Mark Crichard; Paul Joukador; Simon Edwards

Testimonials

'Competent, responsive, organised and well-coordinated'

'The team has depth of expertise in multiple fields'

'The firm has particular strength in advertising and marketing'

'The strength of the team is the tremendous client engagement that it has at all levels, from partner to trainee'

'RPC really care about the quality of the work that they produce'

'RPC's advice is always practical and geared towards a solution'

'Oliver Bray leads an exceptional team that is a genuine pleasure to work with'

'Oliver Bray is just a great lawyer and lovely to work with'.

'It's rare to see true commercial contracts experience that also combines in-depth knowledge of associated areas such as data protection'

Key Clients

House of Fraser

Dreams Limited

Crabtree & Evelyn

Pizza Express

Google

Sports Direct

Coca-Cola European Partners

Tommy Hilfiger

News UK (The Times and The Sun)

Facebook

Work highlights

  • Advising Facebook (both in the US and the UK) on business-critical commercial arrangements.
  • Advising LINK Scheme (the UK payment system which connects almost all of the UK's 70,000 cash machines and provides consumers with universal access to their cash), which has been mandated by the Payment Systems Regulator to carry out a tender of its IT infrastructure services.
  • Assisting the Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) commercial legal team with complex contractual arrangements as well as day-to-day contract overflow work.
  • Providing regular commercial advice to Google on a wide range of matters.
  • Providing day-to-day advice to Pizza Express on its full commercial contract portfolio and brand management issues, an arrangement which has now been running for a number of years.
Leading individuals

Oliver Bray - RPC

Next Generation Partners
Rising stars

Alyson Lloyd - RPC

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

RPC

The competition and competition litigation team at RPC functions in an integrated manner and, as a result, obtains instructions from clients on both contentious and non-contentious issues. In the non-contentious space, the team advises on merger control, investigations, commercial agreements, and competition law compliance. The firm's practice covers a wide range of sectors including retail, media and telecoms, insurance, financial services, healthcare, and the public sector. Highly praised by clients, Lambros Kilaniotis heads the department, where associate Melanie Musgrave is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Lambros Kilaniotis

Other key lawyers:Melanie Musgrave; Chris Ross

Testimonials

'RPC’s competition team is professional and quick'

'A strong team that is focused on delivering results for its clients'

'Lambros Kilaniotis has a strong litigation background and stands out for his significant experience'

'Lambros Kilianotis is an excellent competition litigator exercising fine judgment'

'Lambros Kilaniotis is an impressive and savvy competition lawyer; he is pragmatic, good to work with, and an excellent tactician'

'Melanie Musgrave is excellent — she is practical, professional and courteous'

'Melanie Musgrave combines strong legal expertise with a focus on achieving client objectives'

Key Clients

RSA

Asos

Linpac

Paine Schwartz Partners

Link Scheme

Meadow Foods

Pizza Express

Work highlights

  • Advised a large retail company on the merger control aspects of a £90m acquisition.
  • Advised Meadow Foods on obtaining clearance by the CMA for its acquisition of Roil Foods.
  • Advised Paine Schwartz Partners on the merger control aspects of the sale of its strategic stake in Meadow Foods to Exponent Private Equity.
  • Providing competition advice to RSA in relation to its commercial arrangements.

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Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 3

RPC

Traditionally known for acting for banks and individuals within banks, RPC has increasing experience in the insurance space. On the contentious side, In addition to being on the FCA's Skilled Persons Panel for Conduct, the firm has expertise in crime and corruption matters. In a recent example, the practice represented Sports Direct in relation to a privilege dispute with the Financial Reporting Council. Jonathan Cary and Parham Kouchikali lead a team that has added white collar crime expert Sam Tate and managing consultant Toby Lamarque, who has particular experience with the SFO. Also notable in the team is associate Lucy Kerr, who focuses on defending financial services firms and their senior management in FCA enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Cary; Parham Kouchikali

Other key lawyers:Sam Tate; Toby Lamarque; Lucy Kerr

Testimonials

'RPC is renowned for its brilliant client care coupled with sound legal judgment'

'Jonathan Cary is impressive, with a deeply commercial, intelligent and client friendly approach'

'Lucy Kerr is a wonderful resource, mature beyond her years'

Key Clients

Sports Direct International Plc

Canara Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing Canara Bank in an FCA investigation into its anti-money laundering systems and controls.
Rising stars

Lucy Kerr - RPC

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 6

RPC

Traditionally known for acting for banks and individuals within banks, RPC has increasing experience in the insurance space. On the contentious side, In addition to being on the FCA's Skilled Persons Panel for Conduct, the firm has expertise in crime and corruption matters. In a recent example, the practice represented Sports Direct in relation to a privilege dispute with the Financial Reporting Council. Jonathan Cary and Parham Kouchikali lead a team that has added white collar crime expert Sam Tate and managing consultant Toby Lamarque, who has particular experience with the SFO. Also notable in the team is associate Lucy Kerr, who focuses on defending financial services firms and their senior management in FCA enforcement actions.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m - ranked: tier 4

RPC

RPC's corporate team  primarily acts across three key sectors: retail, insurance and technology. In the insurance sector, the firm has seen notable growth in private equity-driven deals, and the growth of the corporate practice has mirrored that of the private equity practice. With four offices across Asia and the UK, the London team closely collaborates on domestic mandates with the Bristol team, as well as working in conjunction with the Hong Kong and Singapore offices, particularly in technology sector M&A. In addition, the firm offers a dedicated due diligence team focusing on corporate transactions. Corporate head Karen Hendy has expertise in private M&A, joint ventures and listed company work, in addition to handling complex restructurings.

Practice head(s):Karen Hendy

Other key lawyers:James Mee

Key Clients

Dialog Semiconductor Plc

Sports Direct International Plc

Daily Mail and General Trust Plc

Cove Programs

Essity

Howden

Keyhaven Capital

Pizza Express

RSA

Konica Minolta

Mitsui

Itochu

JRJ Ventures LLP

Paine Schwartz Partners LLP

Paraline

Flying Tiger

Agent Provocateur

Work highlights

  • Represented Sports Direct on its £90m acquisition of House of Fraser out of administration.
  • Advised Arcadis, a design and consultancy firm, on the acquisition of software and analytics firm SEAMS.
  • Advised Howden Broking Limited on the acquisition of Punter Southall's health and protection consultancy,  Punter Southall Health and Protection Holdings Ltd., and its traditing subsidiaries.
  • Acted for the management team of insurance broker Swinton on its sale by Covea to Ardonagh Group.
  • Acted for Castel Insurance on its first sale of its incubated insurance business, Altitude Risk Partners, to Nexus.
Leading individuals

Karen Hendy - RPC

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 3

RPC

RPC advises professional service firms, as well as funds, on a range of matters, including the establishment of partnerships and LLPs, mergers and dissolution, as well as contentious partnership issues, with recent experience in cases arising out of the MeToo movement. The group is jointly headed by experienced litigator Geraldine Elliott and Patrick Brodie, who handles high-value partnership terminations, re-organisations and mergers. In February 2019, Anthony Shatz left to join Fladgate LLP.

Practice head(s):Patrick Brodie; Geraldine Elliott

Other key lawyers:Graham Reid

Testimonials

'Patrick Brodie provides good experienced advice in dealing with complex claims where discrimination is alleged; he is collaborative and can bring a nuanced approach to try to avoid overly contentious situations.'

'They deliver an exceptional and sophisticated product, in a professional and un-flashy way, that delivers great value for their clients.'

'Patrick Brodie and Geraldine Elliott are absolutely first rate.'

Key Clients

GMB Union

Ernst & Young LLP

RSA

Egon Zehnder

Work highlights

  • Acting for Egon Zehnder in its injunctive action against an individual.
  • RPC advised property legal specialists GCL Solicitors on its £4.15m acquisition by Gateley.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 4

RPC

RPC has particular experience of fraud cases with connections to Russia and the CIS, as well as a strong track record on bank litigation. Clients include European regional banks, pension funds, hedge funds, other asset managers and the investment vehicles of high-net-worth individuals. Team Andy McGregor - who 'never puts a foot wrong' - focuses on high value fraud disputes and is adept at handling issues arising out of US sanctions. Sam Tate joined the firm as partner in 2018 from financial crime consultancy Exiger, where he had worked closely with new SFO director Lisa Osofsky.

Practice head(s):Andy McGregor

Other key lawyers:Sam Tate; Rupert Boswall; Tom Hibbert; Stuart Shepherd; Chris Ross; Jonathan Cary; Dan Wyatt; Rebecca Birkby

Testimonials

‘RPC have established themselves a truly great fraud litigator’. 

‘Tom Hibbert is a beacon of calm authority and wise counsel’.

‘Andy McGregor never puts a foot wrong’.

‘All lawyers from partners to associates are available out of hours and are extremely responsive’.

Key Clients

Mr Oleg Deripaska and Filatona Trading Limited

OAO Sovcomflot

Bank St Petersburg

AS Latvijas Krajbanka (in Liquidation)

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

The People of the State of California

Work highlights

  • Acted for Oleg Deripaska and his company Filatona in Commercial Court proceedings challenging the jurisdiction of an arbitral tribunal.
  • Acting for Sovcomflot in the well-known and long-running Fiona Trust litigation.
  • Acted for Bank St Petersburg in its successful $30m claim against oligarch Vitaly Arkhangelsky and his wife.
  • Acted for an insolvent Latvian bank in respect of the enforcement of an English judgment worth over €60.5m against Vladimir Antonov.
  • Representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria in claims against JP Morgan, Shell and Eni. The claim against JP Morgan is for around $875m and against Shell and ENI for over $1bn.    

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London: Dispute resolution

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

RPC

RPC's 'depth and availability is superb'. The banking and financial markets disputes team is one of the few City firms that is able to act for European regional banks, pension funds, hedge funds, and the investment vehicles of high-net-worth individuals against investment banks. It is also regularly involved in contentious insolvency and restructuring situations. Simon Hart is head of financial disputes, global head of commercial disputes Tom Hibbert, who is 'heads and shoulders above the rest of the banking litigation community', also leads the banking and financial litigation team, and Andy McGregor has extensive experience of managing banking disputes that arise from structured finance and derivatives. Alan Williams was made partner and Charlotte Henschen and Dan Hemming are experienced senior associates.

Practice head(s):Simon Hart; Tom Hibbert

Other key lawyers:Andy McGregor; Alan Williams; Charlotte Henschen; Dan Hemming

Testimonials

'The dispute resolution team is highly responsive, commercially-minded and gets results; the lawyers are innovative thinkers,  know how to press for mutually-beneficial solutions and communicate well with clients.'

'The understanding and expertise of the subject matter is excellent and the team is so on top of the detail that it maintains consistent pressure and forward momentum.'

'The top firm for any client with a massive case against the investment banking battalions; it has unrivalled experience of litigating against, and beating, the banks.'

'Simon Hart and Tom Hibbert are both responsive, commercially minded, innovative, and get results. They are also excellent at communicating with clients, and even for the most complex matters they are succinct and informative with regards to case management.'

'Dan Hemming is an associate who is touched with genius in terms of his skill as a litigator. He is clever, analytical, polished, and never outdone.'

Key Clients

MountainPeak Trading

Vannin Capital

Bangkok Land (Cayman Islands)

Loreley Financing (Jersey)

Essar Global Fund

Ingenious Media Holdings

Bank St Petersburg

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Kaupthing

Work highlights

  • Acted for Vannin Capital (VC) in a dispute with the RBoS Action Group (and the underlying claimants in the RBS rights issue litigation). The matter arose from sums that VC claims are due under litigation funding agreements.
Leading individuals

Simon Hart - RPC

Tom Hibbert - RPC

Next Generation Partners

Chris Ross - RPC

Rising stars

Charlotte Henschen - RPC

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

RPC

RPC's 'extremely strong commercial litigation team is engaged in some of the most high-profile disputes in the market'. The well-established disputes practice frequently receives referrals from Magic Circle and US firms, and can draw upon its own specialist contentious teams that cover disputes in banking and finance, commodities, tax, employment, real estate, IP, IT, insurance, construction, competition, and media. Geraldine Elliott is commercial disputes head, Tom Hibbert is global commercial disputes head, and Simon Hart is head of financial disputes. Other experienced practitioners are Davina Given and senior associates Daniel Wyatt and Laura Martin.

Practice head(s):Geraldine Elliott; Tom Hibbert

Other key lawyers:Simon Hart; Davina Given; Daniel Wyatt; Laura Martin.

Testimonials

'Stocked with great litigators, RPC is probably the best litigation firm outside the Magic Circle and therefore the first choice for many clients that prefer a more direct and focused style of litigation'.

'The team never rests on its laurels; it is refreshingly down-to-earth, hands on, and dedicated to securing the best possible outcomes for clients'.

'Tom Hibbert has years of experience of high-profile commercial litigation and brings a light touch to complex tactical decisions'.

'Davina Given has an outstanding mind; she is precise and analytical, coupled with a first-rate knowledge of the law. She is also tenacious and determined - a really formidable opponent'.

Key Clients

Oleg Deripaska and Filatona Trading

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Adler Real Estate

Vannin Capital

The People of the State of California

Ingenious Media Holdings

Bank St Petersburg

Essity

Triumph Group

Bonhams 1793

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cypriot company MountainPeak Trading in its damages claim against Citibank in the English High Court, which arose from an alleged overpayment made under a facility agreement.
Leading individuals
Rising stars

Daniel Wyatt - RPC

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Commodities disputes
Commodities disputes - ranked: tier 2

RPC

Since his arrival at RPC in 2016, Stuart Shepherd has significantly boosted the firm's capability in commodities disputes. The commercial disputes practice already had a track record in this area, but Shepherd's 28 years' experience acting for commodity traders and handling a wide range of contentious physical trading and shipping matters, has helped the firm leverage its global offering through London, working closely with its offices in Singapore and Hong Kong. Shepherd is a vastly experienced international trade lawyer who handles matters related to both soft and hard commodities, including oil and gas, metals and ores.

Practice head(s):Stuart Shepherd

Key Clients

Dukkar SA N

Celixore AB

Holt Global Group Limited

Alvari SA

Raizen Trading LLP

Sberbank (Switzerland) AG

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sberbank in relation to recovery  - which  included proceedings in the Singapore Courts - relating to the disappearance of a cargo of nickel the bank had financed.
Leading individuals

Stuart Shepherd - RPC

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 4

RPC

Acting on both the claimant and the defendant side, RPC’s cross-practice competition litigation team has extensive experience advising on follow-on damages actions concerning food packaging, heavy-duty trucks, and interchange fees. The team has attracted praise by clients for its work in the pharmaceutical sector (which is a particular field of expertise for Catherine Percy), but also acts in the telecoms, insurance, and retail sectors. Lambros Kilaniotis advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters and heads the practice, where Chris Ross is another key figure.

Practice head(s):Lambros Kilaniotis

Other key lawyers:Catherine Percy; Chris Ross

Testimonials

The team at RPC stands out due to the intelligence of its members and the good judgement which they exercise

A smaller practice that punches above its weight

The team has in-depth expertise in the pharmaceutical sector

Lambros Kilaniotis possesses a wealth of technical knowledge and is a good tactician

Catherine Percy is an experienced litigator

Lambros Kilaniotis and Chris Ross provide highly reliable advice and are a pleasure to work with

Key Clients

Sports Direct International

Linpac

NHS Scotland

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

PizzaExpress

Asos

Leekes

RSA Group

Work highlights

  • Representing NHS bodies in Scotland and Northern Ireland in competition damages actions brought against Servier, the manufacturer of the perindopril drug.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

RPC

RPC 'has a very able mix of partners and associates'. The practice has specialisms in construction and engineering, international trade, finance, transport, IP, energy and insurance and reinsurance. Jonathan Wood heads the international arbitration group and has handled numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitrations as counsel; Stuart Shepherd is a commodities disputes expert; and David Cran specialises in IP and technology matters.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Wood

Other key lawyers:Stuart Shepherd; David Cran

Testimonials

'Jonathan Wood is a star arbitration partner - he is simply superb'.

Key Clients

Sports Direct

Swiss Re

Vallis Commodities

Dukkar

Oleg Deripaska and Filatona Trading

Work highlights

  • Defended Dukkar against an oil sale contract arbitration claim by BP.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Wood - RPC

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 3

RPC

RPC's 'strengths are its depth of cover and number of exceptional individuals'. The practice is focused on the legal services, accountancy, healthcare and construction sectors. Legal director Graham Reid is regularly instructed on disciplinary proceedings, and Robert Morris in Bristol handles claims against accountants, financial professionals and insurance brokers. Former EMEA anti-corruption head for a global financial crime consultancy Sam Tate, who divides his time between the London and Bristol offices, was hired, while Richard Burger and former legal director Amy Gallimore left for DWF and Ashfords LLP, respectively.

Practice head(s):Graham Reid; Rob Morris

Other key lawyers:Sam Tate

Testimonials

'The firm has a long history of professional negligence and regulatory work and is seen as a go-to practice for professionals needing assistance in this area; the lawyers can also call on a wide range of expertise to assist with the areas of law that are involved in negligence claims or regulatory breaches'.

'Legal director Graham Reid introduces a sense of calm and perspective to what can be fraught and worrying situations; he is also careful, thoughtful and measured, and consistently achieves the best results in difficult situations'.

Key Clients

Sports Direct International

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

RPC

The team at RPC has experience in tax litigation before the UK courts and the European Court of Justice, HMRC tax investigations and judicial reviews. It has a particular niche in group litigation, for which it is able to offer third party funding and insurance services. Department head Adam Craggs, is an accredited mediator with expertise in tax enquiries and criminal tax investigations.

Practice head(s):Adam Craggs

Other key lawyers:Robert Waterson; Michelle Sloane; Constantine Christofi

Testimonials

'Good communication, good technical skills'

'They absolutely understand what is important to the clients who require their services'

'Dynamic and forward looking; confident and well resourced with good knowledge of the law and determined to get good results for clients'

Key Clients

Sports Direct plc

Greene King plc

Dialog Semiconductor plc

Newcastle United Football Club

Coca-Cola European Partners

Morgan Sindall Group plc

Work highlights

  • Represented FMX Food Merchants Import Export Co in respect  of a customs duty dispute with HMRC.
  • Acting for Newcastle United Football Club in respect of a criminal investigation by HMRC
  • Acting for Dialog Semiconductors Plc in Stamp Taxes Group Litigation Order.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 3

RPC

RPC's employment, pensions and incentives team is continuing to grow in prominence on the back of key roles on high-profile court disputes, including the landmark Tillman v Egon Zehnder Supreme Court case concerning restraint of trade. The practice is led by Patrick Brodie, who has a strong track record of big-ticket litigation and led the team acting for executive search firm Egon Zehnder on the aforementioned case. He works alongside 'passionate' and 'approachable' legal director Kelly Thomson, advising an impressive list of household name clients across sectors including insurance, utilities, services and retail.

Practice head(s):Patrick Brodie

Other key lawyers:Kelly Thomson

Testimonials

'Exceptionally innovative and cerebral in their approach, whilst remaining pragmatic and realistic.'

'I've always enjoyed working with the RPC employment team and am also impressed by the progressive nature of the firm in general. The team are also happy to discuss more than just the legal implications of a situation and offer a very well rounded service.'

'RPC are a really good firm - they offer the quality of magic circle lawyer at a much more reasonable price; they are collegiate and are very easy to augment into a bigger team.'

'Technical excellence and passion for the law combined with an extremely pragmatic and practical approach.'

'Patrick Brodie is very strong and gives good and pragmatic advice.'

'Kelly Thomson has always been good about communicating deadline expectations and is very personable as well as approachable.'

'Kelly Thomson is outstanding - approachable and easy to work with and the advice she gives is always pragmatic.'

'Patrick Brodie and Kelly Thomson were both involved with our gender pay project and I valued their expertise - they were clearly well read on the subject and passionate about the underlying opportunities to bring about fundamental change. It has always been a pleasure to work with them.'

'Patrick Brodie at RPC is hands down the best employment lawyer I have worked with in London. He is very user-friendly, responsive to client needs, and quick to get to grips with complex problems such as cross-border issues.'

'Kelly Thompson always gives very thoughtful and practical advice and has a passion for getting to know your business and to give advice with full context.'

'Patrick Brodie has a great knack for navigating TUPE and actually manages to make it enjoyable.'

Key Clients

Egon Zehnder

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

Associated Newspapers

Royal and Sun Alliance

CBRE Limited

Essity

Triumph Group

Thomas Miller

Marie Stopes

ArcelorMittal

Coca Cola European Partners

Work highlights

  • Acting for global executive search firm Egon Zehnder in its injunctive action against Mary-Caroline Tillman, a landmark restraint of trade case which came before the Supreme Court in January 2019.
  • Represented Triumph Actuation Systems in successfully resisting Unite the Union's application before the Central Arbitration Committee for compulsory trade union recognition.
  • Advising various organisations on their gender pay gap reporting data and narrative, strategies to address the gender pay gap and related gender diversity matters.
  • Restructuring the workforce of several thousand employees, including senior executive team, following an acquisition.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

RPC

RPC has expertise in cases relating to corporate and gross negligence manslaughter, as well as matters involving serious incidents and casualties. Nick McMahon, 'a calm and reassuring presence for all his clients', is one of two practice heads and advises on pre-emptive and reactive health and safety issues in the healthcare, retail and construction sectors. He works alongside 'brilliant tactician and leader' Gavin Reese, who often advises on high-profile investigations and prosecutions.

Practice head(s):Gavin Reese; Nick McMahon

Testimonials

'A good combination of genuine expertise and strength in depth.'

'The practice is very grounded and talk to you in terms that are easy to understand as a lay person.'

'Offers a personal service and attention to detail which is exceptional for a City firm.'

'Other firms come across as getting the job done no matter what way they come across to other people. RPC have more of a user friendly approach plus they keep you informed every step of the way.'

'Gavin Reese is a brilliant tactician and leader. His knowledge of health and safety law is unparalleled and he is able to achieve results for his clients which defy understanding.'

'Nick McMahon is a calm and reassuring presence for all his clients.'

Key Clients

AXA XL

Faraday

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London: Insurance

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

RPC

RPC offers an umbrella service to insurers, private hospital groups, charities, individual practitioners, clinics and other healthcare organisations in the defence of a whole range of claims and related proceedings. The service offering also encompasses representation at inquests and regulatory body investigations. The 'excellent all-round lawyer, business thinker' and leading practitioner in the field of reproductive medicine Dorothy Flower leads a department that is adept at handling high-profile group actions, cosmetic and general surgery claims, as well as cases arising from mental health care provision and allegations of negligence in the care of detainees. Rowan Brown is regularly involved in the most complex work, including multi-party actions and matters with an international focus.

Practice head(s):Dorothy Flower

Other key lawyers:Rowan Brown; Sian Morgan; James Davies

Testimonials

'Depth and breadth of knowledge and experience combined with a large dose of pragmatism.'

'RPC's outstanding characteristic is their meticulous attention to detail at every stage of the process.'

'Solicitors work hard from the outset to ensure a comprehensive response to a claim is produced, thus helping to protect their defendants and preventing frivolous claims from developing further than they otherwise would.'

'Dorothy Flower is good at tactics and ensuring the client considers its aims.'

'Sian Morgan has reassured many of our clients who are concerned about the stressful and unknown process of facing a claim, and that element of calm makes for a better defence.'

'Rowan Brown is a careful member of the team who will ensure that important matters are not forgotten.'

Key Clients

Spire Healthcare plc

Royal Sun Alliance

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Make Yourself Amazing

Society of Radiographers

Royal College of Nursing

Chubb

18 Week Support

Work highlights

  • Representing Spire Healthcare in potential group action and associated inquests arising out of treatment provided by Consultant Urologist, Paul Miller.
  • Defending a Hungarian dentist in a substantial claim for neurological damages as a result of alleged negligent removal of a tooth.
  • Representing Spire Healthcare in the high profile group action arising out of the actions of breast surgeon, Ian Paterson.
  • Acting on behalf of Spire Healthcare plc and Royal Sun Alliance in a potential group action related to the alleged negligent treatment of hundreds of prostate and bladder cancer patients by Consultant Urologist Manu Nair.
  • Successfully struck out a multi-million pound claim against the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability (RHN).
Leading individuals
Next Generation Partners

Rowan Brown - RPC

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

RPC

The 'exceptional' team at RPC has a great reputation in the financial lines sector, spanning financial indemnity, D&O and professional indemnity claims. Practice head Simon Laird specialises in this sector and divides his time between Bristol and London. 'Excellent technical lawyer' Simon Goldring and James Wickes regularly handle D&O disputes. The team is also increasingly instructed on trade credit and political risk matters, often handled by expert Naomi Vary, as well as on cross-border and domestic property claims under the leadership of Victoria Sherratt. Other areas of growth are power generation and energy, for which the 'outstanding' Leigh Williams and Gary Walkling are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):Simon Laird

Other key lawyers:Leigh Williams; Simon Goldring; James Wickes; Naomi Vary; Gary Walkling

Testimonials

'The team at RPC is always available to talk about complex matters and give advice. They are happy to talk on a wide variety of issues and to a number of different audiences. They also provide expertise on wordings and relevant legal developments'

'Exceptional insurance and reinsurance litigation practice'

'RPC has an unparalleled reputation and expertise in insurance and reinsurance litigation. The firm is professional, market-aware and legally knowledgeable. Individuals approach each case with a strategic purpose'

'The individuals I have worked with all display the firm ethos of a legally-informed approach to dispute resolution with full knowledge of the workings of the insurance market. They are all team players and are effective and efficient in their approach to litigation'

'RPC has the right balance between great technical lawyers and understanding of the client's need for a pragmatic commercial approach. Lawyers are solutions focused and also a pleasure to work with'

'Superior analytical skills and above average knowledge of the law'

'Leigh Williams is outstanding - he is not afraid to change tack and direction upon the evolution of evidence. His legal logic and reasoning inspires confidence'

'Simon Goldring and Toby Higginson are the very definition of going the extra mile'

'Toby Higginson is always available and responsive, a brilliant commercial operator and exceptional in understanding his clients' needs'

'Simon Goldring is an excellent technical lawyer whose strength lies in being able to make even the most complex of legal issues seem simple. Unflappable and has a lovely manner'

'Legal director Ben Gold is as bright as a button and provides extremely impressive advice and litigation strategy'

Key Clients

AIG

Chubb

Liberty

Axis

QBE

AXA XL

Aviva

Probitas syndicate 1492

Dual

Sompo

Work highlights

  • Representing AIG Europe in a reinsurance coverage dispute in the High Court against Jordan Insurance Company relating to a £7m bank robbery at the Damascus branch of International Bank of Trade and Finance.
  • Successfully defending London market D&O insurers Arch, Hiscox, Liberty, and Barbican in international arbitration proceedings brought by the liquidators of collapsed Lithuanian bank Ukio Bankas.
  • Acted for W.R. Berkley Insurance and Lancashire Insurance participating on a second excess layer of insurance in a coverage dispute against SBM Offshore relating to the improperly installed legs of a mobile offshore production unit.
  • Representing QBE in D&O coverage proceedings against the directors of an Icelandic bank that collapsed in 2008.
  • Advising Navigators on their position arising from a claim that has been brought against a insured contractor, which is now in administration.
Next Generation Partners

James Wickes - RPC

Rising stars

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

RPC

RPC's transactional insurance practice has had its busiest year ever, advising on a raft of M&A deals, Brexit restructurings, Part VII transfers and Lloyd's of London matters. The team also advises on broker and Managing General Agent Mandates, as well as an increasing volume of legacy business Part VIIs. The transactional and advisory insurance business is headed up by 'real standout' James Mee, who leads on almost all of the firm's insurance M&A mandates, working in tandem with the 'phenomenal' David Wallis. Major matters for the team have included advising RSA on its Brexit-related European business reorganisation.

Practice head(s):James Mee

Other key lawyers:David Wallis

Testimonials

'Throughout all of the challenges that we faced, James Mee and his exceptional team of talented lawyers remained professional and focused on supporting the management team achieve their strategic objectives. 110% my legal team of choice.'

'The team has extensive knowledge of the market in which we operate, as well as a very close appreciation of our firm's position and priorities. Consequently their advice is not only in line with or even ahead of trend but more importantly always appropriate to our circumstances.'

'James Mee is a strong leader for the practice.  He is extremely diligent but always able to step back and look at the bigger picture.  He has fantastic insight into the re/insurance world.'

'David 'the Professor' Wallis is a phenomenal asset to the team, bringing a wealth of unique experience to the table.'

'Rupert Wyles is extremely hard-working and always looking out for the interests of his clients.'

'James Mee is a real standout.  He knows the corporate insurance market very well and has a superb appreciation of the challenges and demands faced by insurance business in the current environment. He is extremely sensible and a pleasure to work with.

'Jenny Tran is extremely sharp and also very good to work with.'

Key Clients

AIG

RSA

Howden

Ironshore

Pembroke

QBE

Swinton

Keyhaven Capital

Castel

Equitable Life

Markel

AIG Greece (sellers)

Cove Programs/Bay Risk(and the sellers)

Work highlights

  • Advising RSA Insurance Group plc on its Brexit related European business reorganisation.
  • Advising Equitable Life Assurance Society on its Brexit-related European business reorganisation.
  • Advising Swinton (Management) on the sale process and the ultimate sale to Ardonagh.
  • Advising Paraline on the sale of its Lloyd's interests to, and its investment into, Beat (the innovative new MGA)
  • Advising Howden on its acquisition of Punter Southall's health and protection consultancy.
Leading individuals

James Mee - RPC

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

RPC

In the insurance restructuring and insolvency space, RPC's team advises on loss portfolio and Part VII transfers (both in the life and non-life, and in the legacy space), run-offs, Lloyd's members restructurings and schemes of arrangement. Matthew Griffith leads the practice; he has compelling transactional experience and carries out Brexit-related work for many broking groups, and the team recently advised Equitable Life on its Brexit-related restructuring. Former insolvency and restructuring head Vivien Tyrell stepped down as partner and now acts as a consultant to the firm.

Practice head(s):Matthew Griffith

Key Clients

QBE

Millburn Insurance Company Limited

RSA

PwC

Equitable Life

Work highlights

  • Advising on RSA's Brexit project, assisting in the establishment of a new EU insurance company for RSA and a cross-border transfer of RSA's European business.
  • Advising Equitable Life on its Brexit-related restructuring including its cross-border Part VII long term insurance business transfer scheme.
  • Advising the joint liquidators of Millburn Insurance Company Ltd, an insolvent insurance carrier.
  • Represented a US insurer opposing an English jurisdiction solvent scheme of arrangement.

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

RPC

RPC has a proven track record of handling complex personal injury cases, that usually involve life-altering injuries, namely amputation and brain injury. Practice co-head Gavin Reese's expertise includes cases involving stress and chronic pain claims. Nick McMahon's specialisms cover health and safety regulation, but he is also experienced across high-value severe injuries and group actions. Catastrophic as well as fatal injury claims are key areas of activity for Steven Aitken.

Practice head(s):Gavin Reese; Nick McMahon; Dorothy Flower

Other key lawyers:Steven Aitken

Testimonials

'The insurance team at RPC is extremely engaging. It does not operate in the volume market but is more of a boutique operation and meets the needs of the smaller insurers extremely well.'

'More than a match for the bigger firms, they get good results in catastrophic PI claims through a mixture of hard work and experience.'

'The team is approachable and is always happy to provide advice.'

'The RPC team maintains a good relationship with the claims team, and ensures that contact is maintained and any issues are swiftly addressed.'

'Gavin Reese is the go-to partner in the catastrophic PI team.  An extremely engaging and commercial individual.'

'Steven Aitken is thorough, sensible and approachable.'

Key Clients

AXA XL

Faraday

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

RPC

RPC has an experienced team acting for insurers in claims arising particularly in the life sciences area, where Dorothy Flower is a key name, but is also active in the automotive, chemicals, household goods and technology fields. The group regularly acts in disputes which span multiple jurisdictions and works closely together with the firm's Singapore and Hong Kong offices. Gavin Reese took over the practice lead from Flower, and he and consultant Nick McMahon have longstanding experience in the field. Legal director Peter Rudd-Clarke advises on regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):Gavin Reese

Other key lawyers:Dorothy Flower; Nick McMahon; Peter Rudd-Clarke

Testimonials

'In all cases, the team has an eye for detail, it explains procedures in a way that is easy to understand and, importantly, is open to dialogue from all interested parties when agreeing a claim's next steps.'

'The team operates well together, key individuals are technically expert and also understand the client's particular and economic drivers.'

'While being highly regarded for their life sciences expertise, that reputation masks the strength in a wider range of product liability claims as well. Recent cases showcases RPC's depth of skills.'

'Dorothy Flower needs no introduction or embellishment. Her name is synonymous with and guarantees quality.'

'Gavin Reese is a very strong lawyer. He combines a ferocious intellect with a down-to-earth manner which clients adore.'

'Peter Rudd-Clarke is a star in the making. He is committed, focused and achieves stellar results for his clients.'

Key Clients

QBE

XL Catlin

Clover Leaf Products Ltd

Corin Limited

Bard Pharmaceuticals Limited

Make Yourself Amazing

BSI Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Corin and insurers in a metal-on-metal group litigation, which was eventually vacated.
  • Acts for Clover Leaf Products, the former UK distributor of PIP breast implants, and its insurers in the related litigation.
  • Acting for Bard Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures an opioid pain relief patch, in the defence of a claim concerning an alleged accidental opioid overdose.
  • Representing cosmetic surgery company Make Yourself Amazing in litigation concerning a claim involving an allegedly ruptured implant.
  • Defended a British manufacturer of electrical equipment in litigation claiming that a defective television caused a domestic house fire.
Leading individuals

Gavin Reese - RPC

Rising stars

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

RPC

The 'well respected' team at RPC is based across its London and Bristol offices and it handles complex professional negligence disputes across the construction, legal, property, technology, cyber and financial sectors. Nick Bird is an 'absolute superstar' and is experienced in claims involving lawyers, architects and accountants, while James Wickes defends high-value and complex claims against financial professionals and institutions. Legal director Tom Green handles complex construction disputes and senior associate Laura Stocks defends leading law firms in professional negligence disputes. The team is representing Sense Network and Arch Insurance (Europe) on a claim brought by 95 individuals alleging that they lost money in a fraudulent investment scheme operated by a director of Sense's appointed representative, without Sense's knowledge.

Practice head(s):Tim Bull

Other key lawyers:Alexandra Anderson; Alan Stone; Nick Bird; James Wickes; Karen Morrish; Laura Stocks; Tom Green;

Testimonials

Its partners and associates are bright and savvy.

It is a market-leading team.

Nick Bird is very good; he is thoughtful, determined and very clever.

Nick Bird gets into the detail of cases and flushes out the key issues.

Tom Green is an absolute star.

Key Clients

Travelers

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fnd

MS Amlin

AIG

ALAS

Aviva

AXIS

Sompo

Hiscox

Tindall Riley

Work highlights

  • The team is defending Sompo International on a claim that has been brought against them under the 2010 Third Party Rights against Insurers Act.
  • The team is defending Corderoy Contract Services and its Insurers, Arch, on a claim brought by VG Clements for allegedly negligent advice.
  • The team is defending a firm of architects on a claim relating to the water-proofing of a residential block in Battersea.
  • The team defended a breach of warranty of authority claim against King & Wood Mallesons, and others.
Leading individuals

Nick Bird - RPC

Tim Bull - RPC

Next Generation Partners

James Wickes - RPC

Rising stars

Laura Stocks - RPC

Tom Green - RPC

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions
Leading individuals

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

RPC

RPC‚Äôs practice provides clients with a ‚Äėvery commercial and obliging approach‚Äô and is headed by the ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô Elizabeth Alibhai. It is active on the investment, development and corporate occupier fronts, and is particularly recommended for its work in the retail space where it represents landlords and tenants alike, including several household brands. Recent work in the sector has included lease renewals, portfolio management and neighbour issues, among others.

Practice head(s):Elizabeth Alibhai

Other key lawyers:Karen Hendy

Testimonials

'They are very personable and because they understand the client's approach, they present us with practical advice'

'Elizabeth Alibhai is an outstanding real estate partner. Very personable, highly experienced and robust in the face of difficult negotiations.'

'Very commercial and obliging approach.'

'Elizabeth Alibhai's skills as a lawyer are outstanding. She ensures that she absolutely understands the client's business and has their interests as a priority. Her approach is always professional, positive and obliging.'

'Capable team, with good knowledge of the central London market'.

'Diligent, and good lateral thinking'.

'Swift, concise and professional manner in conducting themselves. Fluid in agreeing a fair fee and dynamic in terms of flexibility to execute deals.'

Key Clients

St Modwen

Kristina Records

LK Bennett

Essity

Kout Food Group

Isabel Marant

Kidiliz Group

Maybrook Properties

Work highlights

  • Acting for Kout Food Group on the assignment of real estate portfolio consisting of Maison Blanc business.
  • Acting for a leading department store on the development of a new approx. 375,000 sq ft distribution warehouse.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

RPC

RPC's recent contentious construction work has included Technology and Construction Court cases and disputes relating to final accounts, payment notices and allegations of defective workmanship. Alan Stone acts for clients involved in disputes against construction professionals, while Rhian Howell handles professional negligence claims in the sector and senior associate Jonathan Carrington advises on all types of construction claims and contracts. Former practice head Dan Preston took a team of lawyers to Fieldfisher in May 2019.

Other key lawyers:Alan Stone; Rhian Howell; Jonathan Carrington; Mike Allan; Katherine Roberts

Key Clients

McLaren Construction

Interserve

AstraZeneca

Work highlights

  • Pursued multimillion-pound Technology and Construction Court litigation for Hammerson pursuant to a conditional fee arrangement.
  • Acted for Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure and Group in defence of a £10m plus claim pursued by the SPV in a PFI transaction for the design, build and operation of the A92 in Scotland.
  • Represented JJ Rhatigan in final account adjudication and subsequent enforcement proceeding.
  • Represented Shepherd Construction in a series of cladding disputes.
  • Represented Interserve in defence of a claim arising from construction of Liberty Stadium in Swansea.

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit
Brexit - ranked: tier 2

RPC

RPC’s cross-departmental group has been notably active in the insurance and financial services sectors. It recently advised RSA Insurance on the Brexit-related restructuring of its European business and assisted The Equitable Life Assurance Society with the transfer of its Irish and German life insurance business  into a newly incorporated Irish subsidiary. Practices that contribute regularly to the firm’s Brexit coverage include the commercial, IP, data privacy, employment, regulatory, tax and corporate teams, and the firm also leverages its position as part of the TerraLex network to enhance its multijurisdictional offering. IP and technology partner Ciara Cullen leads the group, which also fields insurance and non-contentious regulatory expert Matthew Griffith and corporate specialist Neil Brown.

Practice head(s):Ciara Cullen

Other key lawyers:Matthew Griffith; Neil Brown

Testimonials

'RPC takes a very collaborative approach and has a good understanding of the issues facing in-house teams.'

'Ciara Cullen is great at bringing people together to share insights on current issues facing in-house teams - she ensures there are always tangible results.'

Key Clients

RSA Insurance Group plc

The Equitable Life Assurance Society

TerraLex Partner Firms

Work highlights

  • Advised RSA Insurance on the Brexit-related restructuring of its European business including its EU branch operations.
  • Assisting The Equitable Life Assurance Society with a Part VII transfer of its life insurance business in Ireland and Germany to a newly incorporated and authorised Irish subsidiary company.
  • Advising multiple TerraLex partner firms on the implications of Brexit, including customs issues.
  • Advising an international insurance broking group on the implications of Brexit.
  • Assisting a global technology company with the impact of a no-deal Brexit, particularly issues relating to its distribution and licensing businesses.

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Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 2

RPC

RPC's cross-firm group is jointly led by Jeremy Drew, Patrick Brodie and Matthew Griffith, who specialise in commercial, employment, and the insurance and financial services sectors respectively. The group primarily draws on corporate, advisory and regulatory practitioners to handle the full spectrum of governance issues including independent reports, remuneration policy advice, modern slavery issues, gender pay gap analysis, and conduct and culture work. Clients include listed companies, financial services, insurance and retail clients, and US-owned corporates. Sports Direct is a noteworthy example, with the team advising on its reporting of Debenhams to the FCA. Sam Tate is a key contact for white-collar crime and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Drew; Patrick Brodie; Matthew Griffith

Other key lawyers:Sam Tate

Testimonials

'RPC feel less like an external entity and more like a group of internal colleagues. This differentiates it from normal private practice.'

'Patrick Brodie is nothing short of a pleasure to deal with and can't be praised highly enough. He is diligent, astute, eloquent and exceedingly knowledgeable in his field and the job he performs is always a resounding success.'

Key Clients

Sports Direct

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Work highlights

  • Representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a bribery claim against JP Morgan relating to the bank's role in the alleged fraudulent and corrupt acquisition of an oil prospecting licence by Shell and Eni.
  • Advised Sports Direct on its involvement as a witness in an FRC investigation into Grant Thornton's audit of the Sports Direct Group.
  • Assisting Sports Direct with its reporting of Debenhams to the FCA relating to the accuracy of its financial reporting.

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

RPC

The practice at RPC¬†is jointly led by Jon Bartley,¬†Nicola Cain¬†and Richard Breavington¬†specialising in non-contentious issues, contentious data and enforcement matters and cyber breach responses respectively. The team handles the full spectrum of data issues for a client roster spanning the technology, media, professional services, retail and food and drink sectors; noteworthy examples include Associated Newspapers, McArthurGlen Group and Shiseido Group. In a recent non-contentious highlight, Oliver Bray¬†advised Paddy Power Betfair on its GDPR project; contentious work included defending the author of the ‚ÄėTrump dossier‚Äô in a High Court data protection claim brought by three Russian oligarchs, and acting for Refinitiv in multiple data protection claims relating to the inclusion of individuals in its ‚ÄėKnow Your Customer‚Äô database. Keith Mathieson¬†is also highly regarded in the space and is active in issues involving privacy and the misuse of personal data.

Practice head(s):Jon Bartley; Nicola Cain; Richard Breavington

Other key lawyers:Oliver Bray; Keith Mathieson

Testimonials

'The team has a wide range of experience, many of whom have worked in-house themselves. This means the advice is not only legally correct but the team is an excellent sounding board for offering practical solutions to the business.'

'RPC is among the strongest firms in the media space, with unrivalled experience.'

'RPC has excellent knowledge of and a top-class profile in the field of data protection and privacy. It is justifiably trusted particularly among defendant publishers facing data protection and privacy claims. Its work is efficient, speedy and high quality.'

'Richard Breavington is an excellent leader and communicator with flexibility and a strategic approach.'

'Nicola Cain is exceptional at offering clear, commercial and creative legal advice on what can be a technically demanding and 'grey' area of law.'

'Nicola Cain is a star. She knows the media/data protection area better than anyone.'

'Keith Mathieson and Nicola Cain are stand-out individuals within RPC. Keith has decades-long experience in the media field, including data and privacy claims. He exudes calm, has superb strategic judgement and is highly responsive to his clients' needs. Nicola has almost unrivalled knowledge of data protection law, and was heavily involved in recent consultations on what became the Data Protection Act 2018. Having worked for many years at the BBC, she is well attuned to media publishers' needs and objectives.'

Key Clients

Orbis Business Intelligence Limited

Refinitiv Ltd (formerly the financial and risk business of Thomson Reuters)

Associated Newspapers Ltd

Paddy Power Betfair

Shiseido Group

McArthurGlen Group

Michael Page International Recruitment Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending a director of Orbis Business Intelligence as the author of the so-called 'Trump dossier' in a High Court data protection claim brought by three Russian oligarchs relating to their inclusion in the dossier.
  • Acting for Refinitiv in multiple data protection claims relating to the inclusion of individuals in its World-Check 'Know Your Customer' database, and advising on related compliance issues.
  • Defending Associated Newspapers in data protection proceedings in the Court of Appeal and representing the client in the Court of Justice of the European Union in a case relating to the compatibility of UK data protection legislation with the EU Data Protection Directive.
  • Assisting Paddy Power Betfair with its GDPR project.
  • Advising Shiseido Group on its GDPR compliance programme including consumer marketing issues.

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

RPC

RPC advises on multijurisdictional internal investigations involving financial crime, corruption, sanctions, bribery and money laundering issues. It often deals with regulators including the SFO, FCA and NCA. Other areas of expertise include compliance, risk mitigation plans and deferred prosecution agreements. Sam Tate joined as a partner from Exiger and now heads the team. He has experience in cross-border investigations, private prosecutions, reporting advice, compliance reviews and money laundering issues. Toby Lamarque joined as a managing consultant from Exiger. Richard Burger left the firm for DWF.

Practice head(s):Sam Tate

Other key lawyers:Toby Lamarque;

Testimonials

‘An excellent and dedicated team’.         

‘Great blend of experience and technical knowledge’.    

‘Sam Tate is fantastic, he has the air of a man who is unflappable having seen it all before, yet is patient in answering difficult questions and provides honest, helpful answers’.  

‘Their unquestionable experience in corruption-related investigations is well combined with an excellent understanding of the practical implications for business’.            

‘RPC has a very strong following in this field both domestically and globally, with significant cases and experience of multi-disciplinary problems’.

‘Sam Tate is an outstanding lawyer in the field: he has a unique background intellectually, professionally and personally’.

 

Key Clients

Federal Government of Nigeria

Work highlights

  • Representing The Federal Republic of Nigeria in its claim against JP Morgan arising from the bank's role in the allegedly fraudulent and corrupt acquisition of an oil prospecting licence by the oil majors Shell and Eni for $1.3 bn.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 1

RPC

'Go-to firm' RPC stands out for its defendant-focused reputation management practice representing some of the most important national and local newspapers as well as book publishers, broadcasters and online media outlets. In this capacity, the team also offers a round-the-clock pre-publication clearance service to its clients. The team regularly takes on highly sensitive instructions such as representing Christopher Steele in several lawsuits brought against him in relation to authoring and publishing the infamous Trump-Russia dossier. Department head and 'doyen of the media defendant world' Keith Mathieson acts for social media intermediaries, broadcasters, magazines and book publishers. 'Phenomenal talent' Nicola Cain draws on her in-house experience at the BBC to advise household names on contentious and non-contentious defamation, misuse of private information and data protection issues. In addition, senior associate Rupert Cowper-Coles does 'an amazing job' at handling high-profile defamation cases including privacy and misuse of private information claims.

Practice head(s):Keith Mathieson

Other key lawyers:Nicola Cain; Rupert Cowper-Coles

Testimonials

'The go-to firm for quick, practical media law advice - particularly in data protection.'

'The team has an excellent understanding of media law and a great client manner.'

'RPC attracts all the top media clients and affords them a unique, and unparalleled, breadth and depth of work.'

'One of the best media law teams in London. Its members are very knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of media law.'

'RPC are the leading reputation management firm specialising in defendant work. Their experience in this sector is unrivalled, in particular when it comes to acting for newspapers and publishers.'

'Unquestionably the pre-eminent defendant media firm.'

'Keith Mathieson's knowledge of media law is second to none. Great understanding of clients needs.'

'Nicola Cain has a brilliant understanding of the complexities of data protection and how it effects free speech.  She is a top lawyer.'

'Keith Mathieson is the doyen of the defendant media law world.  He is a hugely respected partner with unparalleled experience of defendant-based litigation in the area.  He has a complete command of the legal issues and tactical considerations which confront defendants facing claims in the reputation management sector and provides exceptionally well-judged and commercially-sensitive advice to his clients.'

'Rupert Cowper-Coles is a hugely impressive senior associate with notable litigation experience and impeccable judgement.  He has a fantastic eye for the sort of detail which wins or loses cases and will surely be a top-flight partner in years to come.'

 

Key Clients

Trinity Mirror/ MGN Limited

Associated Newspapers

Times Newspapers

News Group Newspapers

Facebook

BBC

News Media Association

Refinitiv

Work highlights

  • Acted for News Group Newspapers in defending a conspiracy claim brought by the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, for £40m.
  • Acting for Christopher Steele, the British author of the infamous intelligence dossier, on links between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
  • Acted for the publisher of the Mail Online website in a privacy claim brought by Chelsea Clinton and her husband over unpixelated photographs of their children.
  • Acting for the National trust for Scotland in a claim brought by a photographer over a press statement related to a photoshoot conducted in the grounds of a Scottish Castle.
  • Defending the publisher of The Sun in a defamation claim brought by a senior Labour MP over an article alleging he associated himself with Nazi symbols.
Leading individuals
Next Generation Partners

Nicola Cain - RPC

Rising stars

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

RPC

RPC is described as 'the pre-eminent practice' for advertising and brand management work, and is regularly sought after by well-known consumer brands and social media platforms such as Google and Instagram to assist on international campaigns and launches. The practice is spearheaded by Oliver Bray, 'one of the best known figures in the advertising space', with Ciara Cullan and Jeremy Drew advising on contentious and non-contentious IP matters, and recently promoted partner Nicola Cain advising on media regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):Oliver Bray

Testimonials

'The depth in the team is very impressive: they are able to provide quality advisers from trainee through to partner level. '

'Oliver Bray is simply amazing - the best in this field'

Key Clients

Shiseido Group (Dolce &Gabbana and bareMinerals)

PizzaExpress

Google and YouTube

Coca-Cola European Partners

Tommy Hilfiger

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise Facebook on high-profile ad campaigns, such as the "Here Together" campaign featuring across all media, as well as advising on challenging regulatory decisions; collaborations with advertising agencies and clients to develop social media-focused advertising across the Facebook and Instagram platforms; engaging influencers; and sports streaming.
  • Advising brands within the Pernod Ricard Group on major endorsement deals, including assisting with global partnership and sponsorship arrangements with Chivas and Manchester United Football Club, and advising GH Mumm on its highly publicised digital campaign to launch the first champagne which could be drunk in space, featuring Usain Bolt racing in zero gravity.
  • Advising Ovo Energy on a high-profile campaign featuring images of Donald Trump lookalikes attacking green energy schemes.
  • Advising Pizza Express on national marketing campaigns and commercial partnerships, including long-term arrangements with TasteCard and Compare the Market.com.
Leading individuals

Oliver Bray - RPC

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

RPC

RPC provides 'a great service' to its impressive client roster, which spans global suppliers, digital technology companies and new media suppliers, as well as customers including financial services and insurance industry clients, and corporates in the retail and media sectors. The team, which is jointly led by commercial law specialist Jeremy Drew and Mark Crichard, who focuses on technology and outsourcing transactions, has been bolstered by the arrivals of outsourcing partner Paul Joukador and senior associate Marlon Cohen from Hogan Lovells International LLP and Addleshaw Goddard respectively. Other names to note include Jon Bartley, who combines digital technology and e-commerce experience with data protection and cybersecurity expertise; Paul Joseph and David Cran, who handle large-scale IT disputes, and recently promoted IT, outsourcing and data partner Charles Buckworth.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Drew: Mark Crichard

Other key lawyers:Paul Joukador; Marlon Cohen; Jon Bartley; Paul Joseph; David Cran; Charles Buckworth

Testimonials

'RPC has clear expertise in the insurtech market with exceptional client service.'

'The team is truly expert in technology disputes and the misuse of confidential work, particularly in the technology, media, retail and financial services sector.'

'RPC is becoming a heavyweight in the TMT realm.'

'RPC takes a clear view of the merits at the earliest stage and gives clear, practical advice backed up by experience and litigation nous.'

'RPC has significant experience of IT outsourcing and telecoms contracts in regulated environments and brings the insight and experience of acting for both outsourcers and technology suppliers, which is invaluable in managing negotiations.'

Key Clients

CGI

TSB Bank

LINK Scheme

Dialog Semiconductors

RSA (Royal Sun Alliance)

Daily Mail Group (DMGT)

eClerx

Ceres Power

King's College Hospital

Google

Work highlights

  • Advising Link Scheme and Link Scheme Holdings on its tender of Payments Systems Regulator's IT infrastructure services, which covers all of the telecoms and switching services that supports the ATM network, which is used by all the main UK banks.
  • Advised Sports Direct on its landmark acquisition of House of Fraser, which included a global review of House of Fraser's IT contracts, and advice on the urgent renegotiation of House of Fraser's business critical contracts for core IT services.
  • Acting for Google and various group companies in a breach of confidence claim brought by a US technology company relating to one of Google's major platforms.
  • Advising a number of NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups on the public procurement of outsourced pathology and laboratory services.
  • Acted for McArthurGlen on the negotiation of large strategic IT implementation and outsourcing projects.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

RPC

The 'extremely capable' intellectual property group at RPC is 'strong all round', with capabilities across a range of disputes and transactional work and particular experience in the retail, food and drink, technology, media and sport sectors. The 'dedicated and hard-working' team is led by Jeremy Drew, who handles both contentious and non-contentious matters; and includes the 'very clever, thorough and thoughtful' David Cran, food and drink sector specialist Ciara Cullen, and Paul Joseph, who 'provides clear targeted advice, which is delivered quickly even in complicated situations with many uncertainties'. The team has further strengthened its practice with the addition of commercial technology and IP lawyer Paul Joukador, who joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP. Legal directors Ben Mark and Georgia Davis are also highlighted; Mark specialises in trade marks and passing off issues, while the 'conscientious and detail-oriented' Davis has a particular focus on trade mark and design litigation.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Drew

Other key lawyers:Paul Joukador;  David Cran; Ciara Cullen; Paul Joseph; Ben Mark; Georgia Davis

Testimonials

'The team takes the time to understand the commercial strategy behind agreements and directly implements that as part of its legal advice.'

'The team is on top of the latest case law and is very easy to work with.'

'The group's commerciality sets it apart.'

'The team is exceptionally far-sighted about how decisions taken on one issue may affect the client's position further down the line.'

'The team approaches cases in a commercially robust way that is sympathetic to the client's needs and objectives.'

'Jeremy Drew, David Cran and Henry Priestly are all very easy to work with and are willing to go the extra mile when required.'

'David Cran is very clever, thorough and thoughtful; and can chart a clear strategic line through complex litigation.'

Key Clients

Champagne Louis Roederer (Cristal)

House of Fraser

Google Inc.

Sports Direct International plc

Pernod Ricard SA (including G.H. Mumm, Jameson, Monkey 47 and Malibu)

SSP (Millie's Cookies,Upper Crust, Caffe Ritazza)

PizzaExpress

Champagne Perrier-Jouët

BetConstruct

Ceres Power

Crabtree & Evelyn

Japan Tobacco International

Newcastle United Football Club

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Sports Direct in two separate High Court actions concerning a trade mark and IP licence with Rangers Football Club relating to Rangers FC replica shirts and related products.
  • Defending Brands Max, a discount retailer of designer brands, against allegations of trade mark infringement by the owner of high-street retailer TK Maxx.
  • Instructed by The British Standards Institute (BSI) to defend against trade mark invalidity proceedings brought by one of BSI's licensees, Omega Flex.
  • Representing BetConstruct in High Court proceedings issued by Sportradar relating to allegations of database right infringement.

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

RPC

RPC is 'outstanding for publishing work' and it also has expertise acrossadvertising, marketing, IP, data protection, branding, consumer issues, media regulation,  IT, telecoms, digital media, competition and corporate media work. The team acts for some of the largest brands in broadcast, print and digital media. The publishing team, which is led by Keith Mathieson, handles contentious and non-contentious work for national newspapers, publishing houses, media insurance companies and tech giants. The advertising and marketing team, where Oliver Bray who is also active on social media and interactive content mandates is recommended, is instructed by consumer brands, social media platforms and advertising agencies on international campaigns and launches. Bray leads advice for Facebook on its global advertising and marketing initiatives. The team also acts for game developers and gaming and betting platforms, and provides commercial, regulatory, pre-publication and dispute resolution advice to national broadcasters and production companies. Nicola Cain is 'very responsive and good at providing practical advice'.

Practice head(s):Keith Mathieson; Oliver Bray; Paul Joseph

Other key lawyers:Nicola Cain; Rupert Cowper-Coles

Testimonials

The firm has experts across all areas of TMT; contacts, brand, defamation and litigation, which means they are the number one, one-stop shop in this area.

Oliver Bray is unfailingly brilliant, always cuts a new commercial angle on things, and is always impressively up-to-date.

Keith Mathieson is the epitome of calm, collected and hugely accomplished; he is a true expert in the field.

The depth of knowledge and its pragmatic advice makes this firm stand out

Keith Mathieson's huge experience in this field makes him a go-to lawyer.

Key Clients

The Telegraph

Associated News Group (including Daily Mail and General Trust plc)

The Financial Times

News UK & Ireland (The Times and The Sunday Times) and News Group Newspapers (The Sun and The Sun on Sunday)

House of Fraser

Techtronic Industries (Vax, Milwaukee, Ryobi and others)

Shiseido Group, including Dolce and Gabbana and bareMinerals

Google and YouTube

Betconstruct / Feedconstruct

BBC

Work highlights

  • Advises Google on promotional activities, and advertising enforcement.
  • Advises Pernod Ricard Group on global brand management and key endorsements.
  • Provides advertising and marketing and other advice to electronic cigarette company JUUL.
  • Advises Hachette UK on pre-publication matters relating to forthcoming books.
  • Provision of commercial, advertising and data advice to McArthurGlen's network of European designer outlet centres.
Leading individuals
Next Generation Partners

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

RPC

RPC's 'razor sharp and thoughtful' team is headed by Dorothy Flower who specialises in product liability defence cases relating to medical devices and pharmaceutical products. She acts for a range of manufacturers and suppliers, often on the instructions of insurers, and also handles claims arising from clinical trials. The team is entrusted with some high-profile work including actions relating to breast implants and 'metal hips on metal' disputes; Peter Rudd-Clarke specialises in cases involving orthopaedic implant litigation. Rowan Brown  is also experienced in these areas and Genevieve Isherwood assists on medical malpractice and product liability claims.

Practice head(s):Dorothy Flower

Other key lawyers:Peter Rudd-Clarke

Testimonials

'The team demonstrates great understanding of our needs and a commitment to getting it right for us. It feels like more than just doing their jobs. They think strategically, give us alternative viewpoints, and have incredible attention to detail. I think of these individuals as colleagues.'

'Dorothy Flower is just brilliant, always there for us, and we have really enjoyed working with Genevieve Isherwood on recent issues - to the point where I will be sad when our current case is concluded!'

'These lawyers are razor sharp yet compassionate, thoughtful, and committed to getting the best outcome for us.'

Key Clients

Medisoft

BSI Group

Bard Pharmaceuticals

Heidelberg

Make Yourself Amazing

Corin Limited

Chubb

Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability

NQBE European Operations

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

NAXA XL

Merete Medical GmbH

Work highlights

  • Represented Corin in the 'metal-on-metal' group litigation involving some 157 claims.
  • Representing the British Pregnancy Advisory Service  in an application for judicial review over abortion legislation.
  • Assisting BioPoly,  a US-based orthopaedic medical device manufacturer. Current work relates to a post-market registry study in the UK for a new type of knee prosthesis product. Also  provided regulatory and IP advice and assistance with the contractual agreements for the study.
  • Acted for Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited and its insurers Chubb with regard to a clinical trial brought by a trial subject who alleged complex, adverse consequences of participation.
  • Representing Bard Pharmaceuticals Limited in the defence of a claim being made against it for an alleged, accidental, opioid overdose.
Leading individuals

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

RPC

RPC's sports group takes a commercial approach to the sector, advising sports retailers, betting companies and major household names invested in sports on a wide range of matters covering IP, sponsorship, joint ventures, licensing and acquisitions. Outside of these core areas the practice is known for its disputes work, representing football clubs and players in HMRC disputes and investigations, and advising on tax compliance and online disputes concerning copyright and trademark issues. The practice, which is led by 'force of nature' Jeremy Drew, was boosted in 2018 by two additions - Paul Joukador, formerly of Hogan Lovells, and associate Rachel Pates-Jones, who previously worked in-house for the Welsh Rugby Union.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Drew

Other key lawyers:Adam Craggs; Paul Joukador; Rachel Pates-Jones

Testimonials

"RPC's sports team are dedicated, hard-working and thoughtful. I have worked with them on long-running litigation and have found them exceptionally far-sighted about how decisions taken on one issue may affect the client's position further down the line."

"RPC is renowned for its brilliant client care coupled with sound legal judgement." 

"David Cran is very clever, thorough and thoughtful, and charted a clear strategic line throughout the long-running litigation we worked on." 

"Jeremy Drew is truly a force of nature: very commercially savvy, he is unflappable under pressure and offers the complete service to his clients." 

"Jonathan Cary, Karen Hendy, Adam Craggs, Michelle Sloane are all equally impressive with a deeply commercially intelligent and client friendly approach to major players in the sports and retail sector."

"Josh Charalambous - a future star, his all-round ability is extraordinary for his level."

Key Clients

English Lacrosse Association

Sports Direct

BetConstruct

Newcastle United FC

Slazenger

GH Mumm

Everlast

Tommy Hilfiger

Sondico

Sport FC

Feedconstruct

Donnay

Work highlights

  • Advising BetConstruct in relation to its partnership agreement with Arsenal FC.
  • Advising Newcastle United FC in relation to football-industry wide investigations into agents' fees and player transfers.
  • Representing Sports Direct in relation to a number of high profile Commercial Court (and Court of Appeal) disputes with Rangers FC concerning football kit supply, sponsorship and retail arrangements.
  • Advising English Lacrosse Association on a range of matters, including commercial branding and data protection issues.
  • Advised Sports Direct in relation to its joint venture with Game UK involving gaming and eSports.

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