Firm Profile > RPC > London, England
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RPC > The Legal 500 Rankings
Other key lawyers:
‘I work with Oliver Bray on marketing legal matters. He is market-leading in his advice, providing up to date guidance and very pragmatic solutions to navigate thorny issues. Victoria Noto, an associate in his team, has been an invaluable point of contact on marketing asset reviews.‘
‘The team is extremely friendly and approachable, a pleasure to work with. They provide very pragmatic and commercial advice – really taking the time to understand the client’s business which is so important. Advice is usually needed quickly, and the team is accessible and is always happy to help.’
‘I have worked a number of times with Oliver Bray on marketing and advertising – he is a very knowledgeable in this field and it really shows in his advice. He is approachable and always takes the times to discuss issues and potential solutions. I have found his advice and guidance to be incredibly helpful.‘
‘We instruct RPC on libel, privacy, data protection and IP matters. They have excellent depth of knowledge and offer practical advice.‘
‘Keith Mathieson is second to none when it comes to knowledge of libel and privacy.‘
Hachette UK Limited
Google and YouTube
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp
Techtonic Industries (Vax and Milwaukee)
Paddy Power Betfair
Reputation management Tier 1
RPC enjoys a strong profile in the reputation management market, fielding a specialist media team which is entirely devoted to assisting defendants in defamation and privacy claims. The practice provides legal support to a broad client base, comprising newspapers, broadcasters, publishers and magazines, as well as big tech, journalists and online influencers on matters ranging from malicious falsehood, harassment and contempt, to data protection and freedom of information. The practice stands out for its regular engagement in high-profile litigation, evidenced by its recent involvement in the defence of a privacy claim brought by the Duchess of Sussex against the Mail on Sunday. Keith Mathieson, who oversees the department, led advice to Bloomberg News in a landmark case before the Court of Appeal on the ability to name the subject of a criminal investigation. Senior associates Rupert Cowper-Coles and Alex Wilson are also part of the core team.
‘Undoubtedly the premier defendant firm for media matters, with unrivalled depth and width of knowledge, experience and skill.’
‘Keith Mathieson remains at the top of his game, a masterful tactician.’
‘Alex Wilson is a true star, bringing skill and judgement well beyond his years.’
Associated Newspapers Limited
Times Newspapers Limited
News Group Newspapers Limited
Reach plc (Mirror Group Newspapers)
Facebook Ireland Limited
Peter McCormack [publisher of WhatBitcoinDid podcast]
Campaign Against Antisemitism
Advertiser and Times Limited
Retail and consumer Tier 1At RPC, the practice, under the joint leadership of commercial expert Jeremy Drew and corporate specialist Karen Hendy, fields ‘an excellent team with a good strategic overview’. Clients describe the team's lawyers as ‘clever, hardworking and willing to roll up their sleeves to get things done’. Drew is regarded as an ‘outstanding partner, who is a strategic thinker and solution generator’ while Ciara Cullen (who leads the food and drink retail group) is described as ‘approachable, knowledgeable and very commercial’. Other key individuals include digital retail specialist Oliver Bray, IP specialist Ben Mark, real estate specialist Elizabeth Alibhai and newly promoted partner Henry Priestley. The retail sector sits as a core pillar of the firm’s wider offering, with clients benefiting from the firm’s end-to-end approach across food and drink issues, bricks and mortar-type work and digital projects. The team also offers multiple retail-specific client tools including RetailSecure, a data breach response service for retail clients.
‘RPC has a combination of intellectual property and retail/consumer expertise. I think the combination is what makes them stand out from their peers along with their substantial experience in handling heavy disputes in the retail and consumer sector.‘
‘Jeremy Drew. Extremely business orientated and extremely tactically astute. On top of that a real pleasure to work with.’
‘The team at RPC are proactive and commercial. They provided unique insight into how we could substantiate our product claims and protect ourselves from future litigation.‘
‘Ciara Cullen has been a fantastic support to us. She is approachable, knowledgeable and very commercial.’
‘Very friendly and approachable, and always happy to help. They are very thorough, but also commercial and pragmatic when needed. Deadlines are met even when challenging! They are happy to explore strategy and wider considerations and not stick to just the “legal” parts of a deal, and really do add value. Well liked by the wider business including senior management.‘
‘The litigation team dealing with commercial matters I have dealt with is lead by Jeremy Drew and also in this team is Henry Priestley – a newly appointed partner. They are an excellent team with a good strategic overview and focus on the clients overall objectives. Clever and hard working – willing to roll up their sleeves to get things done.‘
‘Jeremy Drew: outstanding partner – a strategic thinker and solution generator.‘
‘Henry Priestley: Hard working and highly competent.‘
House of Fraser
Crabtree & Evelyn
Coca Cola European Partners
Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard
Warner Music Group
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Limited
Other key lawyers:
‘Conflict-free group of exceptionally high-quality individuals who work to the highest standards and achieve excellent results. They do conflict-free work against banks and they frequently run rings around the magic circle and the like‘
‘RPC are a no.1 choice for investors or borrowers in need of a strong firm to take on the banking behemoths.’
‘The RPC banking litigation team is one of the strongest in London and deserves high praise. It has an impressive number of talented individuals at all levels. The team works exceptionally hard for its clients and offers practical and realistic advice. Almost invariably it achieves good outcomes for its clients.’
‘Deep bench. Very high quality from department head, through partners all the way to junior associates. Assiduous. Creative. Diligent.‘
‘Tom Hibbert created the banking litigation team. He has built an exceptionally strong group of more junior partners who are in the forefront of the most heavyweight cases, usually against banks.‘
‘Tom Hibbert is one of London’s leading litigators. He is tough and pragmatic and very impressive with clients. I would rate him among the very best’
‘Andy McGregor is skilled in managing the conflicting issues that face many clients and in adopting sensible courses of action.‘
‘Daniel Hemming is a star of the future.‘
‘Tom Hibbert is an outstanding strategist – he’s unflappable’.
Parham Kouchikali is diligent, thoughtful, creative, very dependable – a good person to have by your side.
Charlotte Henschen has excellent judgement. She’s an insightful, outstanding senior associate – a huge asset to any litigation team.‘
Loreley Financing (Jersey) No 30 Limited
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Bank St Petersburg
Corporate governance Tier 2
RPC provides advice to a range of clients, encompassing regulatory compliance, internal policies, board reviews and training. The practice works closely with executive and non-executive directors, and offers considerable in-house experience across a variety of industries. The team is led jointly by Jeremy Drew, who advises on contentious and non-contentious commercial issues for several high-profile clients; Patrick Brodie, who handles equalities and employment considerations; and Matthew Griffith, who focuses on the financial services and insurance sectors. Sam Tate is also of note, working on white-collar crime and fraud-related issues. The leadership team is active in thought leadership around various issues, most notably gender equality.
Customs and excise Tier 2
RPC's team specialises in assisting clients with issues relating to customs and excise, anti-dumping, landfill tax and aggregates levies, as well as HMRC investigations. The group, which is led by Adam Craggs, includes Michelle Sloane, an honorary legal adviser to the Bonded Warehouse Association - she stands out for her work on customs and excise duty disputes.
‘Excellent subject knowledge and calm, thoughtful advice.‘
‘Michelle Sloane and Adam Craggs communicate excellently. They are calm and reassuring.’
FMX Food Merchants Import Export Co Ltd
Frasers Group PLC (Sports Direct)
Health and safety Tier 2
RPC's health and safety team is able to provide clients with multidisciplinary and specialist advice in a broad range of areas. Gavin Reese heads the regulatory team, while Nick McMahon has extensive experience in healthcare, retail and construction and in acting on high profile cases. The team is often brought in on fatalities, including gross negligence and corporate manslaughter investigations, and in other significant accidents such as road disasters, explosions and building collapses. The practice's insurance expertise is a distinguishing factor, with many instructions coming through liability or professional indemnity policies. Associate Mamata Dutta advises across sectors including construction, manufacturing and facilities management.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very professional and personable. Their knowledge and detailed explanations show that they are experts in their field and this is very reassuring’
‘Very good at taking time to explain processes and regulations clearly, ensuring we have a good understanding’
‘Knowledgeable, supportive, strong communication, straightforward and personable’
‘Nick McMahon is exceptional. Approachable, experienced, confident and knowledgeable as well as prompt and clear. He is always happy to answer questions and provide additional information or detail’
‘Their insight, advice, feedback and support has been incredibly valuable and reassuring to our business. Some lawyers can be quite formal and structured in their approach and we really appreciated the fluency of RPC’s communication and their friendly, supportive approach’
‘Mamata Dutta is a real litigator, with a huge wealth of experience, thoughtful and diligent. Her client skills are excellent and her mastery of case information second to none. Highly sought after in difficult, fatal accident investigations’
‘Great team with real commercial insight. They know what their commercial clients need and ensure the advice is tailored appropriately. Great relationship with insurers funding the litigation’
‘Gavin Reese is very astute, a good tactical thinker, and able to give clear, comprehensive advice. An encyclopedic knowledge of the law and excellent judgement’
RPC handles international litigation and arbitration proceedings for major insurers and reinsurers. The team has a broad practice, and is particularly strong in matters relating to financial lines, energy and cyber risk insurance. The practice is led by Simon Laird, who splits his time between London and Bristol. Other key partners in the team include energy specialist Leigh Williams, Simon Goldring and James Wickes. Naomi Vary focuses on political risk and trade credit insurance, while Toby Savage specialises in property, energy and marine work. Gary Walkling was promoted to the partnership in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
‘The members of the team come from a broader variety of professional backgrounds which provides a greater depth to the perspective they can give performing advocacy roles. Whether this is because of their relative size or a personnel trait, they are never afraid to continually re-evaluate the initial assumptions made in the light of fresh discovery.’
‘I’ve worked with Leigh Williams for many years. He’s a fighter when fighting is necessary and not averse to a “healthy discussion” with instructing principals. One of his better qualities though is that he is secure enough in himself to let the associates do the talking. Gary Walkling for me is a stand out offering because his background in broking meaning he’s seen the other side of the fence. From his demeanour he is very approachable and knowledgeable which makes him a “go to” interface for the current generation of claims handlers. In my opinion his recent elevation to the partnership was overdue.’
‘RPC’s relatively young Partnership bring a fresh perspective to issues that have long been faced by the Insured market. There is a trust from senior leadership that allows Associates to progress through the firm with the confidence that comes with the support from above.’
‘Their attention to detail, but ultimate understanding that whilst legal issues remain at play, there is a commercial relationship between Insurer and Client that prevails in most cases. Legal advice is sought for an important purpose, and a lot of the time it is to assist with getting other market players on board with your thought process and to back that up with sufficient legal commentary. Especially true of Toby Savage, Hugh Thomas and Gary Walkling.’
‘The team at RPC are exceptional when compared with their peers. They are also available to discuss key issues and will, at very short notice, provide education and training on any number of subjects, even during lock down. This is something that others simple do not offer.’
‘Simon Goldring – an expert in this field. Contactable, approachable, fair and will explain things in an articulate manner.’
RPC’s broad practice handles insurance matters encompassing M&A, part VII transfers and restructurings, many of which relate to Brexit. On the regulatory side, the group's recent work includes advising insurers on the implementation of the EU’s Insurance Distribution Directive. Matthew Griffith now leads the practice and handles transactional, commercial and regulatory insurance work. Former practice head James Mee continues to lead on most of the team’s M&A work, while David Wallis focuses on transactions involving private equity.
‘The team has a wealth of experience in the insurance sector and is, I think, a leader in this area.’
‘Their depth of knowledge is excellent, but their client focused approach and client friendly work means that they can deal directly with the business.’
BPL Global (UK headquartered international insurance broking group)
RSA Insurance Group
Direct Line Group
AssuredPartners (UK arm of AssuredPartners Inc., one of the largest insurance brokers in the US)
IT and telecoms Tier 2
The 'very responsive’ RPC has ‘excellent communication and case management’ skills, as well as a ‘depth and spread of technical, industry and legal knowledge’. The firm specialises in technology outsourcing matters, as well as providing expertise in fintech, insurtech, data and IT transformation projects. Mark Crichard advises on telecoms and technology matters, particularly on the supplier side. He co-leads the practice with Jeremy Drew, who has broad experience in contentious and non-contentious IT matters. Also noted are Charles Buckworth, who is a specialist IT, outsourcing and data lawyer; and Ciara Cullen, who focuses on IP and technology litigation.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent client service – very responsive and able to turn around work at speed.’
‘Good industry knowledge and awareness of the issues which matter to our business.’
‘Sound legal advice delivered in a clear and digestible way.’
‘Ciara Cullen is very client friendly. Approachable, able to flex style as appropriate and to explain complex legal issues in a clear and concise way.’
‘Ciara Cullen is very knowledgeable and responsive , good at handling clients with sensitivity and creating rapport.’
‘Amelia Cave and Esme O’Hagan have good legal and technical knowledge combined with good client care skills and commercial acumen.’
‘RPC has a depth of experience in IT procurement plus commercial contract negotiation and management.’
‘Charles Buckworth, Mark Crichard and Jonathan Greenway have acquired a wealth of knowledge not only of our business but also of the world in which we operate. They are professional, knowledgeable, skilled in the art of negotiation and work tirelessly to meet what are often unrealistic and stretching time pressures.’
RSA (Royal Sun Alliance)
Daily Mail Group (DMGT)
King’s College Hospital
Product liability: defendant Tier 2
RPC is noted as an established practice acting for insurers in product liability matters. Areas of expertise include handling claims, in particular in the life science field, as well as product recalls, often spanning multiple jurisdictions. Other sector expertise encompasses the automotive, chemical, construction, food and drink, household goods, power, technology and telecoms industries. Practice head Gavin Reese and life sciences expert Dorothy Flower are both highly reputed practitioners, while Nick McMahon is a key name in the health and safety space. Legal director Peter Rudd-Clarke is another name to note.
‘Very strong product liability team. Whilst known historically for life science claims, this masks the strength and depth in all types of product liability action – with the team especially adept at product recalls and product claims giving rise to fatal accidents.’
‘The group combines a good breadth of experience with tactical awareness and good sense.’
‘Nick McMahon is very experienced and has excellent judgement.’
‘Gavin Reese is a very strong tactician. He has unrivalled experience in handling the biggest product liability claims and his natural charm masks a fierce determination to achieve the best results for his clients.’
‘Peter Rudd-Clarke is an outstanding lawyer. Highly regarded for his attention to detail and strategic insight.’
Ace Chubb Ltd
Bard Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Clover Leaf Products Limited
Heidelberg Engineering Ltd
Make Yourself Amazing (MYA)
GC Aesthetics PLC
Professional negligence Tier 2
RPC uses its ‘expertise across the board’ to advise on significant claims against solicitors, architects, brokers, engineers and accountants. Tim Bull leads the professional and financial risks team, and specialises in acting in disputes advising offshore law firms, corporate service providers and trust companies. ‘Lawyer's lawyer‘ Nick Bird ‘has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law’ and advises on some of the largest claims against solicitors in the market. James Wickes is instructed to defend high value and complex claims against financial professionals and institutions. Tom Green is experienced in construction claims, focusing on acting for construction professionals, including both main contractors and specialist subcontractors.
‘ RPC is overall an excellent firm. They combine industry insight with good judgement and a nice team feel. They seem to have a great ethos.’
‘Nick Bird is a lawyer’s lawyer – very cerebral, determined and thoughtful. For matters such as pensions he is excellent and won’t let the client be pushed around.’
‘A very professional, competent and cerebral team combining excellent legal practice with commerciality, which is a rare commodity in most law firms.’
‘RPC’s expertise across the board in the firm is excellent and unparalleled.’
‘Nick Bird has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and a forensic mind.’
RPC is noted for its expertise in both civil and criminal tax disputes, including in relation to customs and excise. It also has a strong criminal investigations practice, often handling multinational tax investigations involving EU law. Judicial review is another area where the team has experience, and it is able to draw on significant public law knowledge. Team head Adam Craggs, who is an accredited mediator, specialises in tax enquiries and criminal tax investigations. Robert Waterson, who was promoted to partner in May 2019, focuses on handling cross-border tax enquiries for multinationals. Michelle Sloane stands out for HMRC-led criminal investigations and prosecutions spanning the breadth of tax. In February 2020, associate Alice Kemp joined from the Serious Fraud Office, adding to the firm's strength in criminal representations.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very knowledgeable but also very responsive and supportive which is really appreciated in a stressful situation.’
‘Very innovative and strategic team that is determined to represent the clients interests to the fullest extent – even if that requires taking a case all the way to the Supreme Court to seek to vindicate a clients rights. They are bold and are not bullied by the HMRC tactics and approach.’
‘Adam Craggs, Michelle Sloane and Alice Kemp have been excellent. You would expect a high level of technical knowledge from a firm such as RPC but the above have been very supportive and very easy to talk to.’
Frasers Group Plc (formerly Sports Direct)
Metropolitan International Schools Limited
Dialog Semiconductor Plc
Newcastle United Football Club
Coca-Cola European Partners Limited
Nestlé UK Pension Trust Ltd
Premier Foods (UK) Limited
TMT Tier 2
The full service RPC practice has a ‘pragmatic approach combined with a depth of knowledge’ and particular expertise in IT and media. The firm also provides broad litigation and commercial contract experience. Jeremy Drew leads the team and advises on contentious and non-contentious IT matters. Other key names include senior partner Oliver Bray, who is strong in data issues arising from media and online retail; David Cran, who specialises in technology matters; Keith Mathieson, who acts in contentious media, data and privacy matters; and Mark Crichard, who focuses on technology and outsourcing. Paul Joseph left for Norton Rose Fulbright in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
‘Exceptional client service’
‘Always responsive and quick to turn things around and with good awareness of the issues which are important to our business and to our customers’
‘David Cran is genuinely exceptional’
‘Ciara Cullen is able to flex style as appropriate and to explain complex legal issues in a clear and concise way. Consistently delivers sound legal advice in a digestible form’
‘Ben Mark has superior knowledge of IP protection / enforcement issues. Ability to digest complex issues and form decisive opinions at speed’
‘RPC has a depth of experience in IT procurement, plus commercial contract negotiation and management’
‘Charles Buckworth, Mark Crichard and Jonathan Greenway are professional, knowledgeable, skilled in the art of negotiation and work tirelessly to meet what are often unrealistic and stretching time pressures’
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
Associated Newspapers Limited
Telegraph Media Group Limited
Ceres Power Limited
The clinical negligence team at RPC is known particularly for its expertise in a range of specialist areas, including cosmetic surgery, breast surgery and implants, claims arising from the termination of pregnancy, sonography claims and cauda equina. The firm has a focus on the independent sector, in which it 'obtains great results for its clients', both private hospitals and clinics, and individuals working within healthcare. Practice head Dorothy Flower, noted for her 'exceptional knowledge and leadership skills', has extensive experience in group action claims, as evidenced by her continuing involvement with the high-profile Paterson litigation.
‘The clinical negligence team is super – it is a pleasure to work with and obtains great results for its clients.‘
‘Dorothy Flowers has exceptional knowledge and leadership skills which have enabled her to build a strong team.‘
‘The team here have strength and depth and offer a supreme service to their clients.‘
‘Dorothy Flower is a real star.‘
Spire Healthcare plc
Royal Sun Alliance
British Pregnancy Advisory Service
Make Yourself Amazing (MYA)
Society of Radiographers
Royal College of Nursing
Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability
Other key lawyers:
‘High-quality litigators with vast experience of how to win complex disputes.’
‘RPC provides sound, practical, commercial legal advice. They provide me with the information I need to enable me to make fully informed decisions. They don’t just focus on the law – they focus on all the key elements.‘
‘A big and talented pool of litigation lawyers. Mainly claimant side. Do a lot of funded work. Sophisticated.‘
‘Rupert Boswall is clever and tactical, understands the end game.‘
‘Dan Hemming is a rising star who will be a titan before long. Tom Hibbert is a very shrewd and difficult opponent – you want him on your side.‘
‘Parham Kouchikali is very easy to work with. He is a smooth operator and doesn’t get flustered. He’s strategic and is able to apply legal knowledge in a commercial context.‘
‘Geraldine Elliott is a leading light in their litigation team. Very experienced and manages the most sensitive cases with consummate ease. Also highly flexible in building a team and working with a client. Very comfortable with massive and multi-party litigation.‘
‘Matthew Evans – a senior associate who is an outstanding litigator. Incredible output under intense pressure. Inventive legal thinking. A partner in the making.‘
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Essar Steel Ltd
Oleg Deripaska & Filatona Trading
Triumph Group Inc
The People & State of California
RPC has 'excellent industry contacts' and advises on a broad range of data protection matters, fielding specialist partners across the data arena. Jon Bartley leads the data protection advisory team, advising on e-commerce regulation and consumer law. Richard Breavington manages the firm's cyber insurance and breach response team; clients claim he is 'excellent at litigation strategy'.
‘Broad team that specialise in all elements of risk management that arise from high-scale cybersecurity breaches. Excellent industry contacts with PR teams, technical IT consultants. Key capabilities include assisting with ICO investigations. Knowledgeable in matters of risk and compliance specifically cyber security issues and always on hand to assist in addressing both straightforward and complex queries – happy to accommodate client requests for meetings on short notice and readily available to chat over the telephone to discuss complex matters as well as via written communication. Aware of the client’s goal, providing sound legal advice and expertise and work with professionalism and firm approach to achieve these desired client outcome.’
‘Jon Bartley has provided assistance with all of our major data protection queries over the last few years and provides his advice in a way that sees him fit seamlessly with our in-house legal and wider commercial teams.’
‘We work with are Richard Brevington. Richard is excellent in litigation strategy.’
Marketing VF Limited
Associated Newspapers Limited
News UK & Ireland Limited
Paddy Power Betfair
Employers Tier 3
RPC's London-based employment practice has proven capabilities in handling high-profile and sensitive litigation. It also has expertise in transactional support on major deals, outsourcing and global projects. The department's client sectors span insurance, utilities, mining, shipbroking, tech and media. Other strengths include work involving diversity and equality and regulatory defence. Practice head Patrick Brodie is a well-recognised litigator, with two recent precedent-setting Supreme Court cases, and has deep expertise in TUPE. Junior partner Kelly Thomson, promoted in May 2020, has a practice focusing on complex outsourcing and restructuring.
Other key lawyers:
The team approach issues with a very strong commercial focus, underpinned by excellent technical understanding. They are solution-focused, plain speaking and business friendly – I am comfortable putting any of the team in front of key business stakeholders.
Kelly Thomson not only has excellent technical skills and commercial focus but also goes out of her way to develop strong relationships with and between clients and collaborate on topics of mutual interest.
Patrick Brodie has excellent technical knowledge but also a uniquely practical and innovative approach to complex TUPE issues which is invaluable. He’s a trusted adviser looking beyond the legal space.
Patrick Brodie, Head of RPC’s Employment, Pensions and Incentives practice, is helpful, delightful to work with and client-focused. He is pragmatic and finds solutions where others just see problems. A real team player and unflappable.
A superb team, punching far above its weight, led by one of the most creative and astute employment solicitors in the country.- – –
Kelly Thomson is astute in reading the room and getting the right timbre on things – she acts as a co-pilot with Patrick and put my CEO immediately at ease (no mean feat!). I have worked with so many great employment law firms over the past 24 years but RPC stands out.
Coca Cola European Partners
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
Royal and Sun Alliance
Essity (a leading global consumer goods company)
Triumph Group Inc
The financial regulatory offering at RPC draws together a breadth of regulatory expertise and services to provide a multidisciplinary team. The practice has particular expertise in financial crime and insurance sector work. Jonathan Cary advises financial institutions, corporates and individuals in relation to enforcement actions by English and Hong Kong regulators, as well as in related internal investigations. He co-leads the team with Parham Kouchikali, who specialises in financial dispute resolution and regulatory investigations. Also notable is senior associate Lucy Kerr, who has experience defending financial services firms and senior management in relation to FCA enforcement actions.
‘They provide a high quality service, and the firm’s approach to conflicts means they can be hugely useful allies in complicated cases involving the banks and the FCA’
‘Jonathan Cary really merits his reputation as a heavy hitter in this space. His extensive cross border UK/Hong Kong experience and calm collected style has made him a really useful contact’
‘Davina Given is a brilliant lawyer. She is calm, very analytical, well read and knowledgeable, but always focused on the outcome. She’s someone who never loses sight of the commercial side’
Sports Direct International Plc
The Financial Times Limited
Fraud: civil Tier 3
RPC's large fraud team often handles cross-border investigations and disputes. 'Brilliant strategist' Andy McGregor specialises in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud, focusing predominantly on cases in Russia and the CIS. Tom Hibbert has particular expertise in fraud disputes involving financial institutions, whereas Jonathan Cary is a go-to partner for financial markets investigations. Tatiana Minaeva, who joined the firm in 2019 from Jones Day, specialises in cross-border litigation and investigations, particularly those in Eastern Europe. In a standout mandate, Cary and Hibbert are representing The Federal Republic of Nigeria in claims against JP Morgan, Royal Rutch Shell and ENI SpA, arising from the oil majors' fraudulent and corrupt acquisition of an oil prospecting licence for $1.3bn. Dan Wyatt is also recommended.
‘RPC hosts a dynamic and high-quality legal team. Excellent at getting to the point and producing material that is focused and well argued. Excellent at litigation strategy and establishing the right course to be pursued.’
‘Andy McGregor is a brilliant lawyer who works swiftly to deliver results. Able to analyse and solve complex problems swiftly. Good team leader.’
‘Always approachable, clear thinking, quick to analyse merits and strategies.’
‘RPC’s team is very dedicated to what they do. They are very experienced in Russia/CIS disputes and always dig deep into the core of the dispute’s factual and legal background. This should be especially appreciated in circumstances when disputes require understanding of Russian law and traditions and patterns of business relationships in Russia.’
‘Andy McGregor works very carefully with the facts, but he also has a helicopter view of the dispute as a whole and effectively manages his team.’
‘Andy McGregor is ready to tackle complex multi-jurisdiction issues, good at communication and understanding the needs of the client – he always bears in mind the strategy of the project and leads the team well.’
‘I appreciate that the lawyers we work with at RPC are largely more experienced in their field and loyal to RPC then any of the rivals are to their own firms.’
The Federal Republic of Nigeria (the FRN)
Bank St Petersburg
Filatona Trading Limited
Gaming and betting Tier 3
RPC specialises in advising clients in the sports betting sphere on commercial transactions and disputes. Sport data is a particular focus, with the firm representing sports betting brands and sports data content providers on contentious and non-contentious issues relating to live data and broadcasting matters. Commercial head Jeremy Drew leads the team; he has a broad practice advising on licensing, sponsorship deals and disputes. Paul Joseph is an IP and technology specialist; he advises on licensing disputes involving the provision of gaming and casino software. Associate Josh Charalambous acts for a variety of clients including gaming and eSports owners as well as sports betting companies
RPC’s IP group enjoys a strong reputation across the media (both traditional and digital), publishing, sports, TMT and retail sectors. The breadth of contentious issues are handled by practice head Jeremy Drew, David Cran, Ciara Cullen and recently promoted partner Ben Mark, including trade mark, copyright and design infringement, licensing disputes and breach-of-confidence defence. The team handles the full suite of IP licensing and transactional issues for world-leading news publications and digital media companies. Clients can also draw on RPC Automation, an in-house-developed contract automation drafting service.
‘RPC is a firm composed of very bright lawyers, each of whom has diverse experiences in different industries. The attorneys are very collaborative and focus on problem-solving whether the matter at issue is a transactional matter or a litigation matter. They don’t send lengthy memos. The firm’s capabilities in different areas of the IP and IT is tremendously helpful for clients that are looking for the full range of IP advice and assistance.‘
‘Ben Mark is a rising star at RPC. He has experience advising clients in a broad range of industries from retail to fashion to financial services to restaurants. He is very responsive, has extensive knowledge with respect to IP matters, and is very pragmatic. I think his greatest strength is his ability to understand the business needs of our mutual clients and his pragmatic and timely approach. He also is very bright and thoughtful.‘
‘Ciara Cullen is very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Her litigation experience comes in handy when negotiating complex agreements.‘
‘David Cran is very personable and tactical in his approach. I really appreciate his creative approach to problem solving and attention to detail.‘
‘Excellent knowledge of subject matter. Clear and decisive legal advice delivered at speed.‘
‘Ben Mark has superior knowledge of IP protection and enforcement issues.‘
The British Standards Institute
Telegraph Media Group Limited
News UK & Ireland Ltd
Partnership Tier 3
The practice at RPC can be divided into advisory work, contentious matters and regulatory compliance. The group advises a wide variety of professional services firms, including law firms, architects, recruitment agencies and accountants. The department is jointly led by Geraldine Elliott and Patrick Brodie, both of whom have a wealth of experience in disputes.
Personal injury: defendant Tier 3
RPC fields a 'formidable team' which is 'extremely adept at concluding large loss claims quickly and economically'. The practice is jointly headed by Gavin Reese, who has significant expertise in catastrophic injury, stress claims and chronic pain cases; industrial disease expert Nick McMahon, whose workload also includes group actions; and medical malpractice specialist Dorothy Flower, who regularly acts for manufacturers and suppliers of medical devices and pharmaceuticals involved in product liability claims, and defends chief risk officers involved in injury claims connected with clinical trials. Senior associate Steven Aitken is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘RPC has a formidable team based in London and Bristol.‘
‘Gavin Reese is a very savvy player in a competitive market.‘
‘A first rate insurance firm, with a hard working team who are extremely adept at concluding large loss claims quickly and economically.‘
‘Steven Aitken is commercially focused and skilled in claims with a cross-border element.‘
Sport Tier 3RPC is the commercial law firm of choice for Sports Direct and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, and deals with a wide range of commercial, regulatory, contentious and technology-related issues. Jeremy Drew, who leads the team, is highly experienced in both general commercial litigation and advisory matters, but is also very active in areas where sports and technology overlap such as e-sports, data management and online betting. Associate Joshua Charalambous assists Drew on most matters and similarly works on a broad range of matters in both contentious and non-contentious sport. Tax disputes specialist Adam Craggs also acts for the firm’s sports clients.
Other key lawyers:
‘What particularly impresses me is that they have huge specialist knowledge of the industry, but that is not at the expense of excellent skills at managing general commercial litigation. ‘
‘The judgement of the partners and their responsiveness to client needs is particularly notable. They are highly experienced litigators, with great judgement (worn lightly), and exceptional client management skills. ‘
‘Joshua Charalambous is a star lawyer in the making.’
‘Josh Charalambous is very mature, the complete package.’
‘They are fearless in every given situation.’
‘Jeremy Drew sets himself apart from anyone in this industry. He is polite, prompt and thoroughly professional in his approach with his clients. His reputation is fully deserved.’
‘The RPC sports team is dynamic and talented. Its members have a real breadth of knowledge across many areas of sports law. They forge excellent relationships with the client.’
‘Jeremy Drew is very intelligent but commercially savvy. Very experienced in many areas of sports law.’
‘Joshua Charalambous is a real rising star in the sports law arena. Very talented. Extremely conscientious and knowledgeable.’
Newcastle United FC
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Flutter Entertainment (owner of PaddyPower Betfair)
Dreams (sponsor of British Olympic Association)
Competition litigation Tier 4
RPC’s cross-practice competition litigation group is a destination of choice for many claimants and defendants in follow-on litigation. Another key strength of the team involves assisting clients with threatened litigation. Its sector-specific expertise includes financial services, insurance, TMT, transport, healthcare and retail. The ‘bright and energetic’ Lambros Kilaniotis, who leads the department, is experienced in handling claims at the High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
‘Impressive array of clients. Good industry understanding. Tactically astute.’
‘As a higher rights advocate, Lambros has the technical and legal skills to advise clients on a par with the junior end of the bar.’
‘Friendly, sensible, practical.
Catherine Percy – sensible, pragmatic, always great to deal with.’
‘Attracts high profile cases. Deft settlement of big cases.
Lambros Kilaniotis – bright, energetic‘
Sports Direct International
NHS Scotland / DHSSPS / RHSCB
Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance
RPC provides patent licensing, exploitation and collaboration advice to companies in high-tech sectors including augmented reality, electronics, engineering and digital media. Stand-out names in the team include practice head Jeremy Drew, Paul Joseph, Ciara Cullen and David Cran. Unique to the team is its involvement in complex insurance-related patent disputes, which sees the team defending global insurance companies in coverage litigation relating to patent portfolios. A number of telecoms clients also retain the team for advice on SEP and FRAND licensing issues.
‘David Cran is personable, very intelligent and quick to get to the nub of the problem.‘
‘A brilliant firm.‘
Ceres Power Limited
Heidelberg Engineering GmbH
Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4
The RPC team, led by the well-respected Dorothy Flower, has extensive expertise in the areas of product liability (especially medical devices), clinical trials (both commercial matters and injury disputes), and regulatory regimes. It also handles related coronial investigations and insurance matters. Peter Rudd-Clarke is highly experienced in these fields. Senior associate Natalie Drew assists on contentious matters, including cases relating to the use of opioids and other drugs, medical devices and a range of implants.
RPC advises on the full spectrum of M&A work, with particular specialisms in the retail, tech and insurance sectors. Much of the insurance work is private equity driven, an area in which the firm has seen considerable growth alongside its venture capital practice. The corporate group features a dedicated due diligence team, modelled on the big 4 accountants' transactions service teams. Karen Hendy leads the department and is particularly skilled in takeovers, restructurings and joint ventures.
‘A commercially minded and responsive team’
‘High quality associates and partners who are able to tailor their approach to the matters at hand and provide targeted advice’
Sierra Nevada Corporation
Paine Schwartz Partners
RSA Insurance Group
Zebra (aka Tiger Retail)
Professional discipline Tier 4
RPC's team has 'great forensic ability, clarity of thought and focus'. It works closely alongside colleagues who defend negligence claims against professionals and assist with professional indemnity insurance coverage. The group's work covers legal services, accountants, healthcare and construction professionals. Legal director Graham Reid in London acts in disciplinary proceedings. Robert Morris is the key contact in Bristol.
‘Great forensic ability, clarity of thought and focus. Excellent ability to see through “the chatter” to identify key issues.
Graham Reid is a good communicator, extremely thorough, extremely responsive, extremely knowledgeable and gives focussed effective advice and support. I could not have asked for more.’
RPC handles investigations, high-value court work, financial crime and compliance matters. It is experienced in SFO, FCA and NCA investigations. The team works with clients such as governments, institutions and large corporates in the engineering, energy, construction, advertising, media, finance and insurance sectors. Sam Tate heads the team and is noted for his experience in cross-border investigations and crime prevention programs.
Other key lawyers:
‘Sam Tate is an outstandingly able lawyer with vast experience in this field’.
‘The team are dedicated and efficient’.
‘Sam Tate has experience across all aspects of corporate crime and has superb judgement’.
‘Sam Tate brings a wealth of practical knowledge from having worked both in-house and in private practice’.
‘Sam Tate has a clear enthusiasm for his subject matter and has an infectious energy’.
‘The team has demonstrated that they are very practically minded and that they are able to clearly understand the brief they have been asked to work on for the organisation’.
‘The team is very client-oriented, creative and reliable’.
‘Sam Tate is easy to deal with, has good practical experience and is a sensible sounding board’.
The Federal Republic of Nigeria
The Financial Times Limited
Oleg Deripaska/Filatona Trading Limited
Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Intercontinental Hotels Group
Open Britain (the People’s Vote)
Construction: contentious Tier 5
RPC has a strong focus on acting for architects involved in construction disputes, and also works with a range of insurers, contractors and other construction professionals. The team is led by Alan Stone in London and Ben Goodier in Bristol. Recent work of note has included advising a number of clients on cladding issues relating to the Grenfell fire. Tom Green was promoted to partner in 2020; he regularly works alongside Stone on major disputes.
International arbitration Tier 5
RPC is experienced in arbitrations involving the IP, technology, insurance and reinsurance, construction and engineering, international trade, finance, energy and transport sectors. The team also acts in claims for and against sovereign states, handles PIL disputes and has expertise in Russia and CIS region-related matters. Jonathan Wood leads the international arbitration practice, which also fields Tatiana Minaeva, who joined as partner in 2019 from Jones Day and has significant experience in both commercial and investor-state arbitration; and IP and technology disputes expert, David Cran.
‘RPC have great strength in depth. They are able to field sector specialists to complement their team and to draw on a deep well of disputes experience.’
‘Jonathan Wood is simply outstanding. He is calm, approachable, client friendly and is at the very top of his game. A great person to work with.’
‘An excellent traditional English law firm, providing friendly high quality service.’
‘Jonathan Wood is a classy lawyer, providing clear advice and who is friendly and approachable.’
Kout Food Group
The ‘excellent, pragmatic and commercially focused’ RPC specialises in insurance sector regulatory work, as well as consumer credit matters. The firm also has expertise in Brexit related advice. Matthew Griffith leads the team and is an expert in transactional, commercial and regulatory matters.
‘I consistently return to Matthew Griffith for external legal support on matters of insurance regulation because of his ability to distil highly complicated matters in a user friendly way which is appropriate for our business. I also find him a pleasure to work with and would not hesitate recommending him to a colleague’
‘The team has a very good understanding of the insurance market’
‘They are very commercial and are very willing to bring in colleagues to help with queries outside of their areas of focus’
‘They are very customer-oriented and ensure not only that they are available and provide responses when they say they will, but also that they provide answers which meet your needs; and which are digestible for the wider business’
‘They have clearly taken time to understand the regulators and to really understand the drivers behind various regulatory developments’
RSA Insurance Group
Direct Line Group
EU and competition Tier 7
RPC’s ‘excellent’ competition department is adept at providing assistance with merger control, investigations, commercial agreements and competition compliance. The team’s wide-ranging sector-specific expertise includes insurance, retail, media and telecoms, financial services and healthcare. Practice head Lambros Kilaniotis is equally well-versed in both contentious and non-contentious work.
‘An excellent team – Lambos Kilaniotis and Melanie Musgrave in particular – are superb, solid and supportive of their clients. They are no-nonsense professionals who you would love to have on your side of table. They are practical and non-intrusive.’
‘A very competent team.’
‘Lambros Kilaniotis is a very highly regarded practitioner, very well known and liked in the profession.’
‘Lambros Kilaniotis is a very able lawyer and a joy to work with and is ably assisted by Melanie Musgrave.
‘Melanie Musgrave is very easy to work with and is a very well organised lawyer.’
‘The practice has extensive experience in international card scheme related matters and, in particular, interchange. These gives them exceptional insight into a complex area, with many competition elements.’
‘Lambros Kilaniotis and Melanie Musgrave bring extensive industry and competition experience to the fore, which combined with their increasing knowledge of our organisation means that they provide valuable advice is pertinent, relevant and appropriate.’
Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance
NHS Scotland & DHSSPS
Co-headed by Paul Bagon and Finella Fogarty , who both recently joined from Rosenblatt and DWF, respectively, RPC maintains its strong position in the insurance space, but is also increasingly exploiting opportunities across other sectors, from both a formal insolvency and restructuring perspective. The team is instructed by a range of stakeholders, including IPs, boards of directors and companies, which appreciate its 'commercial approach to difficult situations'. Former longstanding team head Vivien Tyrell recently retired.
The team has a commercial approach to difficult situations.
Sports Direct International – Jack Wills Limited (in Administration)
Phoenix Light SF DAC
Manolete Partners Plc – Evershine Travel (in Liquidation)
Nigel Rackham & Mike Jervise (both of PwC) as Joint Provisional Liquidators of Newmarket Corporate Member Limited
Geoff Rowley and Jason Baker of FRP Advisory LLP as the joint administrators of International Mining & Infrastructure Corporation Plc (in administration).
Professional negligence Tier 1
RPC's department takes a sector-focused approach to professional negligence, with one group focusing on the solicitor, accountant, financial and pensions professions, and another that handles claims involving surveyors and construction professionals. The department is led by Simon Laird, who splits his time between London and Bristol. Rhian Howell is noted for defending claims against lawyers, as is Will Sefton. Robert Morris leads on defending claims against financial professionals. Rachael Healey was promoted to partner in May 2019, and is an expert in defending pensions professionals and solicitors, as well as acting in policy coverage disputes. Jeremy Barnes retired from the group in August 2019.
‘Somehow, the firm manages to do everything. They deliver the quality of work you would expect while still being available to build relationships and answer questions.’
‘Very good quality of juniors. Vast array of knowledge. Personable. No issues with being challenged. Feel like you are working with them rather than a client-lawyer relationship.’
‘They listen to feedback (and are eager for any you can provide) but more than that they actually deliver on change.’
Health and safety Tier 3
RPC has a strong track record handling health and safety cases involving serious injuries and fatalities. Cases often involve issues such as gross negligence and corporate manslaughter, among other matters. In addition, the firm has recognised expertise in insurance law and procedure; it is often called on as a result of liability or professional indemnity policies. Gavin Reese, who splits his time between London and Bristol, and Fiona Hahlo in Bristol jointly lead the general liability and medical team. Nick McMahon heads up the health and safety team.
Other key lawyers:
‘A client-friendly firm specialising in major incidents involving fatalities. It places client care at the forefront, creating an atmosphere where the client has confidence in the team.‘
‘Nick McMahon is a partner with substantial ‘big case’ experience. He balances his in-depth knowledge of health and safety with an approachable demeanour which instils confidence in his clients.‘
RPC > Firm Profile
The firm: When you face significant risk, or are presented with major opportunity, you need strong advisers to support you. Strong advisers who have a deep understanding of your company — your industry — and who can apply their legal expertise to the commercial context in which you operate. You also need people you can trust. And, when all else is equal, people you get along with. That’s RPC. Recognised as leaders in industries ranging from retail to insurance, technology to media, and well beyond, we have the expertise to handle bet-the-business litigation, complex regulatory challenges, transformational transactions and so much more. As part of the TerraLex network we have access to over 150 law firms in 100 jurisdictions across the globe.
Principal areas of work
Advertising and marketing: Some of the biggest names in advertising rely on us to keep their brand communications above board. Our capabilities span advertising regulation, data collection/exploitation, consumer regulation, digital/new media, sponsorship, licensing, agency agreements, UK and international copy clearance and brand-protection strategies.
Banking and financial markets disputes: One of the leading conflict-free banking litigation practices, specialising in the investment banking and funds management arena, particularly the capital markets. The firm can act against the large investment banks and also ‘off-panel’ in disputes between banks where one party’s usual firms are not able to do so.
Civil fraud: We help clients take urgent action to investigate the cause and scope of the wrongdoing, mitigate the damage, pursue the wrongdoers and trace the assets.
Commercial contracts: Dedicated contract specialists skilled in maximising the value from your agreements. We advise on drafting and negotiating a broad range of industry agreements. These range from the largest outsourcing deals to smaller, yet business-critical, supply contracts and consumer-facing terms and conditions.
Commercial disputes: Litigation is at the heart of our business. We know it inside out. At any one time, more than half our lawyers are handling complex, large-scale global disputes.
Competition: We provide smart, commercial advice on a full range of EU and UK competition law services, including merger control, compliance, cartels, antitrust and competition litigation for both claimants and defendants.
Construction: Expert, experienced and resourceful, we resolve complex construction disputes cost-effectively. Insurance plays a big part in the management of construction risk. We defend negligence claims against engineers, architects, designers, contractors, mechanical and electrical engineers, and quantity surveyors.
Corporate/M&A: We have won prestigious awards for the quality of our transactional and advisory work. Whether a national or global business, we’ll support your growth and development through industry-best corporate transaction advice, be it M&A, private equity investments, refinancing or joint ventures.
Employment, engagement and equality: Advises on the full range of employment matters with a reputation for significant restructuring and workforce alignment programmes, drawing on experience navigating TUPE and large-scale redundancy programmes, including collective consultation.
Finance: From advice on leveraged and acquisition facilities, to commercial loans and banking facilities, RPC offers a full range of banking and lending services. We advise on all aspects of corporate funding, and support growing corporates, start-ups, funds, and private equity clients.
Insurance and reinsurance: For more than 70 years we’ve been helping insurers do business across the globe. From handling complex claims to advising on high-stakes transactions, our expertise ranges from insurance disputes, coverage, defence and monitoring across all business lines, to recoveries, policy wording and a range of insurance products and services.
IP, technology and outsourcing: Technology drives all businesses. Our dedicated technology team provides technology-specific advice when you work with us on intellectual property, outsourcing, data protection, M&A, regulatory matters and dispute resolution.
Media: Defendant-focused we handle all manner of disputes involving media companies from defamation and privacy complaints, to data protection, contempt and reporting restrictions issues. We provide advice on content risks and relating to the various press regulators.
Real estate: Commercially astute and experienced in transactions, we act on investment purchases and sales (both on direct and “wrapper” basis), sales and leasebacks and development projects. If you’re in the market for new premises or wish to dispose your former property or review the rent guide, you are well placed to speak to us.
Regulatory: We have built a regulatory team of 60+ lawyers to meet the growing need for joined-up advice across regulatory regimes. We help the world’s largest financial, corporate and professional services firms implement robust compliance strategies and respond effectively to a regulatory change or incident.
Retail: Retail is in our blood. Our dedicated 70+ award winning retail team advises retailers throughout all stages of their lifecycle by genuinely understanding how to help turn challenges into opportunities. RPC’s market-leading retail team: a preeminent and long-standing advisor to many of the leading retailers in the world.
Restructuring and insolvency: Our team is recognised for its work in financially distressed and insolvency situations. We provide expert advice and wide-ranging expertise to all affected stakeholders.
Tax: Our highly-experienced team consists of specialist lawyers who deal with the tax aspects of all corporate and commercial transactions; including tax enquiries, tax litigation, criminal investigations/ managing dawn raids and defence of prosecutions for tax fraud.
|Managing partner||James Miller|
|Senior partner||Oliver Bray|
|Advertising & Marketing||Oliver Bray|
|Banking litigation||Tom Hibbert|
|Civil Fraud||Andy McGregor|
|Commercial disputes||Geraldine Elliott|
|Corporate and Insurance||Matthew Griffith|
|Corporate and business crime||Sam Tate|
|Employment, Engagement and Equality||Patrick Brodie & Kelly Thomson|
|Food & Drink||Ciara Cullen & Ben Mark|
|Insurance and reinsurance||Simon Laird|
|Intellectual property, technology and outsourcing||Jeremy Drew|
|International arbitration||Jonathan Wood|
|Real estate||Elizabeth Alibhai|
|Retail||Jeremy Drew & Karen Hendy|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Paul Bagon & Finella Fogarty|
|Sports & Entertainment||Jeremy Drew & Josh Charalambous|
|Tax||Adam Craggs & Ben Roberts|
|Sukh Ahark||Sukh heads RPC’s banking and finance team and handles a wide variety…||View Profile|
|Elizabeth Alibhai||Partner and head of Real Estate. Elizabeth advises a wide variety of clients including…||View Profile|
|Mike Allan||Partner. Mike Allan acts for property and casualty insurers, advising on coverage…||View Profile|
|Tim Anderson||Corporate Partner: M&A in media; technology and retail sectors; corporate governance. Cases…||View Profile|
|Alexandra Anderson||Alexandra is an insurance lawyer with particular expertise in both construction and…||View Profile|
|Paul Bagon||Paul is a restructuring and insolvency partner and has extensive experience advising…||View Profile|
|Paul Baker||Legal Counsel. Paul advises London and overseas insurers in the political risk…||View Profile|
|Jon Bartley||Partner Jon Bartley specialises in digital technology and e-commerce, data protection, cybersecurity…||View Profile|
|Will Beck||Will is an Of Counsel in the Restructuring and Insolvency team at…||View Profile|
|Nick Bird||Professional liability defence litigation. Acts for magic circle and leading firms in…||View Profile|
|Rupert Boswall||Partner; commercial litigation and arbitration; corporate and regulatory investigations.||View Profile|
|Oliver Bray||Senior Partner. Oliver is a highly experienced commercial, IP and technology lawyer…||View Profile|
|Richard Breavington||Partner. Richard is a highly experienced insurance and reinsurance lawyer who has…||View Profile|
|Chris Brierley||Legal director. Chris is an experienced lawyer, advising clients on private M&A,…||View Profile|
|Patrick Brodie||Head of RPC’s Employment, Pensions and Incentives practice, Patrick Brodie is often…||View Profile|
|Neil Brown||Partner. Neil is an experienced corporate lawyer, advising on M&A, joint ventures…||View Profile|
|Tim Brown||Partner with specialism in commercial contract disputes and arbitration. Tim has recognised…||View Profile|
|Charles Buckworth||Partner. Charles is an experienced non-contentious technology and outsourcing lawyer within the…||View Profile|
|Tim Bull||Tim is a partner in the Professional and Financial Risks team of…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Cary||Jonathan is a Partner specialising in banking and financial markets disputes and…||View Profile|
|Alison Clarke||Alison is a Legal Director who specialises in Insurance (Directors & Officers, Professional…||View Profile|
|Marlon Cohen||Senior Associate. Marlon is an experienced transactional lawyer specialising in complex commercial…||View Profile|
|Nigel Collins||Partner, Head of Japan Desk. Nigel is a senior corporate lawyer with extensive…||View Profile|
|Edward Colville||Ed is a Legal Director in the RPC corporate team, specialising in…||View Profile|
|Rupert Cowper-Coles||Partner in the media team, specialising in media litigation, most often in the…||View Profile|
|Adam Craggs||Adam is a partner and head of RPC’s tax disputes group. He…||View Profile|
|David Cran||Partner in the Technology, IP and commercial group. David specialises in technology,…||View Profile|
|Mark Crichard||Partner and lead technology lawyer within the IP, technology and outsourcing group.…||View Profile|
|Ciara Cullen||Partner. An IP and technology litigation specialist, Ciara is dual qualified in…||View Profile|
|Jeremy Cunningham||Partner Jeremy Cunningham is a corporate transactional lawyer focused on delivering commercial…||View Profile|
|Georgia Davis||Georgia is a Legal Director in RPC’s IP & Technology group and…||View Profile|
|Jeremy Drew||Partner and Head of RPC’s IP and Technology Group and the Retail…||View Profile|
|Mamata Dutta||Mamata is a Legal Director specialising in defending health and safety investigations…||View Profile|
|Simon Edwards||Simon is a Partner in RPC’s Commercial team, with over 15 years’…||View Profile|
|Geraldine Elliott||Partner and leader of the commercial disputes group of the firm. Practises…||View Profile|
|Matthew Evans||Senior Associate specialising in heavy contractual disputes and issues of contractual interpretation.||View Profile|
|Dorothy Flower||Partner specialising in clinical negligence claims, health law advice and representation, and…||View Profile|
|Finella Fogarty||Partner. Finella specialises in advising banks, insolvency practitioners, funds, corporates and all…||View Profile|
|Davina Given||Davina advises corporates, financial institutions and individuals on a range of complex…||View Profile|
|Ben Gold||Legal Director specialising in directors’ and officers’ liability and financial institutions and…||View Profile|
|Simon Goldring||Advises London market insurers on all issues arising out of claims against…||View Profile|
|Tom Green||Partner. Tom typically defends construction professionals, with a particular emphasis on architects,…||View Profile|
|Matthew Griffith||Partner. With a wealth of experience gained over more than 20 years, Matthew…||View Profile|
|Jake Hardy||Partner. Experienced banking and financial services litigator, with a particular focus on…||View Profile|
|Simon Hart||Simon is a litigation partner and Head of Financial Disputes. He specialises…||View Profile|
|Daniel Hemming||Daniel is a litigation partner with a particular focus on banking and…||View Profile|
|Karen Hendy||Partner and Head of Corporate, Karen’s practice spans international and domestic transactions…||View Profile|
|Charlotte Henschen||Charlotte is a Senior Associate in RPC’s Commercial and Banking Litigation Group.…||View Profile|
|Tom Hibbert||Tom Hibbert is Global Head of RPC’s Commercial Disputes practice and a…||View Profile|
|Toby Higginson||Partner. Toby has extensive experience of advising insurers on a variety of…||View Profile|
|Sarah Hill||Legal Director. Sarah is a technology lawyer specialising in dispute resolution, including…||View Profile|
|Ben Hillman||Legal Director Ben is a litigator with particular expertise in property-related disputes.…||View Profile|
|Rhian Howell||Partner Rhian Howell is a leading professional negligence expert with significant experience…||View Profile|
|Genevieve Isherwood||Associate. Genevieve defends medical malpractice and product liability claims and has experience…||View Profile|
|Paul Joukador||A leading partner in commercial, outsourcing and technology matters who delivers pragmatic…||View Profile|
|Lucy Kerr||Lucy Kerr is a senior associate in the Regulatory and White Collar…||View Profile|
|Simy Khanna||Simy Khanna is a Partner in the Professional Indemnity team. She specialises…||View Profile|
|Lambros Kilaniotis||Lambros heads the competition team at RPC and also leads the cross-practice…||View Profile|
|Parham Kouchikali||Parham is a litigation partner specialising in banking disputes, financial markets litigation…||View Profile|
|Simon Laird||Head of Insurance. Partner dealing with insurance, professional negligence and commercial litigation.…||View Profile|
|Toby Lamarque||Toby is a Managing Consultant in RPC’s Regulatory and White Collar Crime…||View Profile|
|Ben Mark||Ben is a Partner in RPC’s Intellectual Property and Technology group and…||View Profile|
|Keith Mathieson||Partner. An expert in defamation and privacy law, Keith Mathieson has been…||View Profile|
|Andy McGregor||Andy McGregor is RPC’s Head of Civil Fraud and specialises in complex,…||View Profile|
|Nick McMahon||Nick specialises in health and safety and environmental regulatory matters, representing individuals…||View Profile|
|James Mee||Partner and head of corporate insurance and financial services. Practice areas include…||View Profile|
|James Miller||Managing Partner. An international property and international casualty insurance lawyer by background,…||View Profile|
|Tatiana Minaeva||Partner Tatiana Minaeva specialises in complex international commercial and sovereign arbitrations. She…||View Profile|
|Karen Morrish||Partner. Karen is a highly regarded insurance lawyer specialising in the defence…||View Profile|
|Catherine Percy||Partner. Insurance lawyer and commercial litigator. Expertise in property insurance, casualty claims…||View Profile|
|Henry Priestley||Partner Henry Priestley advises across contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with a…||View Profile|
|Gavin Reese||Gavin has been advising insurers and corporates for over 30 years. He…||View Profile|
|Graham Reid||Legal Director who specialises in all aspects of legal services, lawyers and…||View Profile|
|Ben Roberts||Ben is a partner in the RPC Corporate team. He advises clients on…||View Profile|
|Chris Ross||Partner. Chris Ross is a litigator specialising in commercial, banking and finance…||View Profile|
|Peter Rudd-Clarke||Legal Director. Peter specialises in defending manufacturers of complex products against liability…||View Profile|
|Toby Savage||Partner. Toby is a dispute resolution and litigation lawyer based in London. He…||View Profile|
|Victoria Sherratt||Victoria leads the UK Property & Casualty Group. She specialises in property…||View Profile|
|Michelle Sloane||Michelle Sloane is a Partner specialising in the resolution of tax disputes.…||View Profile|
|Laura Stocks||Senior Associate. Laura specialises in defending claims against leading law firms and…||View Profile|
|Alan Stone||Partner. Alan is an insurance lawyer specialising in construction disputes and professional…||View Profile|
|Peter Sugden||Peter is a partner in RPC’s Corporate/M&A group. Peter has a broad…||View Profile|
|Sam Tate||Partner. Sam is a highly experienced white-collar crime lawyer and is a…||View Profile|
|Kelly Thomson||Partner. Kelly advises on complex international and national employment matters, with particular…||View Profile|
|Naomi Vary||Partner. Naomi Vary specialises in resolving political risk and trade credit disputes. She…||View Profile|
|Gary Walkling||Position: Partner specialising in onshore and offshore losses and liabilities of all…||View Profile|
|David Wallis||Head of private equity. Corporate partner with particular expertise in private equity,…||View Profile|
|Robert Waterson||Robert is a Partner in RPC’s tax disputes group. He is a…||View Profile|
|James Wickes||Partner in RPC’s insurance group; specialising in financial risks. Advises London market…||View Profile|
|Leigh Williams||Partner Leigh Williams is a commercial dispute resolution lawyer who deals in…||View Profile|
|Alan Williams||Commercial disputes partner with a particular focus on banking and finance disputes.…||View Profile|
|Nigel Wilson||Nigel is a senior lawyer, Of Counsel, specialising in IT, technology projects,…||View Profile|
|Dan Wyatt||Partner Dan Wyatt is an experienced commercial litigator with particular expertise in…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Wyles||Legal Director specialising in claims against professionals – legal, financial and construction.||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 80 Number of other UK fee-earners : 267
At RPC, people are at the heart of everything that we do. And that is critical to our success.
We’ve put into place a number of initiatives and development programmes to not only support our people as they progress through their careers, but to also ensure that our population and our culture is as reflective of society as possible.
Internally, our all-encompassing allies network, allies@RPC, spans our UK and Asia offices and underpins our eight I&D networks (we call them “Work Streams”) covering gender, ethnicity, disability, social mobility, faith, mental health, LGBT+ and caring responsibilities. The firm runs a particular Work Stream spotlight every six months. Meanwhile, RPC RAIN, the firm’s LGBT+ network, spans the firm’s London and Bristol offices and supports and advocates for the LGBT+ community (both within the firm and externally).
Externally, we partner with a number of different networks and organisations, including the 30% Club, Cityparents, Stonewall, Business Disability Forum, Aspiring Solicitors and SEO. We are also a signatory of the Race at Work Charter, the Law Society’s Women in Law Pledge, the Mindful Business Charter and Rare’s Race Fairness Commitment.
We also have an established CSR Taskforce, our governing body overseeing our three separate Work Streams for Pro Bono, Charity & Community and Environment.
Our Pro Bono Work Stream, which is made up of members from across our four offices, focuses on working with a range of underprivileged groups, financial crime and student pro bono outreach and training. Our lawyers also volunteer their time and expertise on a range of other projects including Launch It, Justice Without Borders and Liberty Advice Line.
They anticipate there will be more requests for pro bono support later in the year and are considering whether there is appetite to support or join an additional pro bono focused project in an area significantly impacted by Covid-19, eg legal advice for the newly homeless or those being removed from rented accommodation.
Our Charity & Community Work Stream have narrowed down a proposed shortlist of new charity partnerships for our London office, for consideration by our Executive Committee, following which it will be put out to the firm for a vote. The Work Stream have previously been organising charitable fundraising on an ad hoc basis, arranging for the firm to participate in initiatives such as Jeans for Genes and the National Macmillan Coffee Morning. Our Bristol office has partnered with Duchenne UK and have participated in a number of fundraising activities over the past year – including a lockdown version of the ‘Duchenne Dash’ (a 300km cycle ride from London to Paris) and an Insurance Partner dyeing her hair pink to raise money for the charity.
The Environment Work Stream have teamed up with the Planet Mark which has carried out a review of our practices and has produced a report for us with recommendations on additional things the firm can do to minimise its environmental impact. The Work Stream are in the process of considering the findings, actions and next steps.
Student (The Lex 100 )
The Lex 100 Verdict'I felt comfortable in the RPC environment from the moment I stepped in', said one trainee about the London and Bristol-based firm. The vacation scheme, during which 'the firm's ability to attract and retain high-quality, interesting work really shone through' has earned the firm a Lex 100 Winner award. RPC has 'impressive media clients' and an 'insurance focus'. The firm also has a particularly 'strong reputation for commercial litigation', although this does lead to trainees having to do 'late-night bundling' and 'costs scheduling'. Recruits at RPC are 'much more likely to get exposure to top-level work', whereas 'at much larger firms this probably wouldn't be possible'. The people and the culture were almost unanimously dubbed the best things about the firm: 'everyone is very driven but happy to help you develop' and there is a 'laid-back atmosphere that doesn't sacrifice the quality of work for friendliness'. Training was also praised: 'there are frequent departmental sessions and there is a genuine motivation to turn the trainees into confident solicitors'. New joiners also have two supervisors: a senior associate and a partner. Recruits found it less than ideal that there are 'no fridges, microwaves or kettles', especially as they also felt that 'the canteen has gone downhill'. Others lamented the limited seat options, particularly in popular practice areas, and thought that this should be made clearer prior to their joining. At least there are work highlights such as 'attending court with the client and team and winning a knockout victory' and 'working for exceptionally big names' to soften the blow. For a firm which 'supports the fact you have a life outside of work' and which 'encourages its people to be themselves', research RPC.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Education: institutions
- Education: individuals
- Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Education: schools
- Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- Reputation management
- Retail and consumer
- Professional negligence
- Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Corporate governance
- Customs and excise
- Health and safety
- Insurance and reinsurance litigation
- Insurance: corporate and regulatory
- IT and telecoms
- Product liability: defendant
- Professional negligence
- Tax litigation and investigations
- Clinical negligence: defendant
- Commercial litigation: premium
- Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
- Financial services: contentious
- Fraud: civil
- Gaming and betting
- Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- Personal injury: defendant
- Competition litigation
- Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)
- Life sciences and healthcare
- M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
- Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Professional discipline
- Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- Construction: contentious
- International arbitration
- Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- EU and competition
- Corporate restructuring & insolvency
- Health and safety