Firm Profile > RPC > London, England

RPC
TOWER BRIDGE HOUSE
ST KATHARINE'S WAY
LONDON
E1W 1AA
England

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

With an 'excellent depth of knowledge', RPC's media practice is noted for its impressive experience across the publishing, advertising and digital and interactive content industries. Publishing sector expert Keith Mathieson (who is noted by one client as 'second to none when it comes to knowledge of libel and privacy') advises on a range of issues including regulatory developments, while Oliver Bray attracts praise for providing 'very pragmatic solutions to navigate thorny issues' in the marketing and advertising space, where he acts for prominent clients including Facebook and Google. The group also has a strong reputation in the gaming and esports industries, in which Paul Joseph assists clients with contentious and non-contentious copyright matters.

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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.

Key clients

Hachette UK Limited

Google and YouTube

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp

Jet2 Holidays

Techtonic Industries (Vax and Milwaukee)

JUUL

PizzaExpress

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.

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Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Associated Newspapers Limited

Times Newspapers Limited

News Group Newspapers Limited

Reach plc (Mirror Group Newspapers)

Bloomberg L.P.

The BBC

Facebook Ireland Limited

Peter McCormack [publisher of WhatBitcoinDid podcast]

Campaign Against Antisemitism

Advertiser and Times Limited

Retail and consumer Tier 1

At 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.

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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.

Key clients

Sports Direct

House of Fraser

Stella McCartney

Google

Jet2

PizzaExpress

Crabtree & Evelyn

Coca Cola European Partners

ASOS.com

Brand Maxx

JUUL

Facebook

Instagram

McArthurGlen Group

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

Warner Music Group

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Limited

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

'For investors or borrowers in need of a strong firm to take on the banking behemoths', RPC is a firm to note. It handles litigation relating to capital markets transactions, structured finance products, loan facilities and contentious insolvency and restructuring matters and benefits from the ability to leverage its strong non-contentious commercial, tax and insurance practices, while remaining conflict-light. The 'tough and pragmatic' Tom Hibbert (who specialises in investment banking litigation with an emphasis on capital markets, fund management-related matters) heads the commercial disputes group while Simon Hart leads the banking and financial markets disputes team, which includes Andy McGregor and contentious regulation expert Jonathan Cary. It fields 'an exceptionally strong group of more junior partners', which include Alan Williams, the 'diligent, thoughtful and creative' Parham Kouchikali,  Chris Ross and recently promoted Daniel Hemming (who 'is a star of the future').  'Outstanding senior associate' Charlotte Henschen (née Ducker) is also a 'huge asset to any litigation team'.

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Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Loreley Financing (Jersey) No 30 Limited

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Ingenious Media

Kaupthing ehf

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.

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Key clients

Fraser Group (previously Sports Direct)

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Optio

Dialog Semiconductor

Ceres Power Holdings

Egon Zehnder

ArcelorMittal

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.

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Testimonials

Excellent subject knowledge and calm, thoughtful advice.

Michelle Sloane and Adam Craggs communicate excellently. They are calm and reassuring.’

 

Key clients

FMX Food Merchants Import Export Co Ltd

Frasers Group PLC (Sports Direct)

Morgan Sindall

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.

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‘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’

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AXA XL

Faraday

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 2

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.

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‘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.’

Key clients

Navigators

AIG

Arch

Hiscox

Liberty

Probitas

QBE

Axis

AXA XL

Hamilton

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 2

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.

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‘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.’

Key clients

AIG

QBE

Zurich

BPL Global (UK headquartered international insurance broking group)

Aviva

RSA Insurance Group

Equitable Life

Direct Line Group

Sompo International

AssuredPartners (UK arm of AssuredPartners Inc., one of the largest insurance brokers in the US)

IT and telecoms Tier 2

The 'very responsiveRPC 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.

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‘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.’

Key clients

CGI

LINK Scheme

Dialog Semiconductors

RSA (Royal Sun Alliance)

Daily Mail Group (DMGT)

eClerx

Jet2

King’s College Hospital

Google

Ebury

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.

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Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

Ace Chubb Ltd

AXA XL

Bard Pharmaceuticals Ltd

BSI Group

Clover Leaf Products Limited

Corin Ltd

Heidelberg Engineering Ltd

Make Yourself Amazing (MYA)

Medisoft Ltd

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 lawyerNick 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.

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‘ 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.’

Key clients

Arch

Sompo

Aviva

Hiscox

Liberty

Travelers

AXIS

QBE

Navigators

Markel

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

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.

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Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

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

Morgan Sindall

Moet Hennessy

Premier Foods (UK) Limited

L’Oreal

Dixons

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.

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‘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’

Key clients

Link

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

Facebook

Google

YouTube

UCL Business

Associated Newspapers Limited

Bloomberg L.P.

MGN Limited

Telegraph Media Group Limited

Ceres Power Limited

Wave Optics

Ebury

Jet2.com

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 3

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.

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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.

Key clients

Spire Healthcare plc

Royal Sun Alliance

QBE

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Make Yourself Amazing (MYA)

Society of Radiographers

Royal College of Nursing

Chubb

Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability

Corvelia

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

RPC benefits from 'high-quality litigators with vast experience of how to win complex disputes'. The group is particularly strong for multijurisdictional disputes and fields strong practices in the UK and Asia as part of its global disputes group, which is led by London-based investment banking litigator Tom Hibbert. Geraldine Elliott heads the London practice and is 'very comfortable with massive and multi-party litigation' including in the financial and professional services, pharmaceutical, aerospace, industrial and manufacturing sectors. For contentious insolvency issues, Simon Hart and Finella Fogarty (who recently joined from DWF) are names to note, while Parham Kouchikali and Davina Given both focus on financial services disputes and contentious regulatory issues. The group also benefits from the addition of Tatiana Minaeva from Jones Day who, along with recently promoted partner Dan Wyatt , has particular experience in disputes involving Russia. 'Outstanding litigator' Matthew Evans, Laura Martin and Dan Hemming are also recommended.

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Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Ingenious Media

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Essar Steel Ltd

Sports Direct

Oleg Deripaska & Filatona Trading

Triumph Group Inc

Google Inc.

The People & State of California

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

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'.

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‘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.’

Key clients

McArthurGlen Group

Board Intelligence

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.

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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.

 

Key clients

Egon Zehnder

Coca Cola European Partners

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

Associated Newspapers

Royal and Sun Alliance

CBRE Limited

Essity (a leading global consumer goods company)

Triumph Group Inc

Thomas Miller

Marie Stopes

ArcelorMittal

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

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.

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‘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’

Key clients

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.

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‘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.’

Key clients

Oleg Deripaska

The Federal Republic of Nigeria (the FRN)

Sports Direct

Bank St Petersburg

Leonid Khanuhaev

Filatona Trading Limited

Infinitum

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

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Flutter Entertainment (owner of PaddyPower Betfair)

LeoVegas

BetConstruct

Sports Direct (owner of BELONG Gaming)

VBet

FeedConstruct

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 3

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.

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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.

Key clients

Sports Direct

UCL Business

The British Standards Institute

Telegraph Media Group Limited

Champagne Perrier-Jouët

Jack Wills

News UK & Ireland Ltd

Google Inc

Pernod Ricard

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.

Key clients

Egon Zehnder

Thomas Miller

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.

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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.

Key clients

AXA XL

Faraday

Sport Tier 3

RPC 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.

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‘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.’

Key clients

Newcastle United FC

Facebook / Instagram

Mike Ashley

BetConstruct

Flutter Entertainment (owner of PaddyPower Betfair)

England Lacrosse

Sports Direct

VBet

Evans Cycles

Dreams (sponsor of British Olympic Association)

Everlast

Sondico

FeedConstruct

Pernod Ricard

LeoVegas

SportFX

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 energeticLambros Kilaniotis, who leads the department, is experienced in handling claims at the High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

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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

Key clients

Sports Direct International

Linpac

NHS Scotland / DHSSPS / RHSCB

Link Scheme

Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 4

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.

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David Cran is personable, very intelligent and quick to get to the nub of the problem.

A brilliant firm.

Key clients

Ceres Power Limited

Wave Optics

Markel

Heidelberg Engineering GmbH

Dialog Semi-conductor

Arch Insurance

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.

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AXA XL

Bard Pharmaceuticals Ltd

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

BSI Group

Corin Ltd

Make Yourself Amazing (MYA)

Medisoft Ltd

QBE Insurance Europe Ltd

Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability

GC Aesthetics PLC

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

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.

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‘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’

Key clients

Ebury Partners

Stella McCartney

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Paine Schwartz Partners

Sports Direct

RSA Insurance Group

Aviva

Zebra (aka Tiger Retail)

Arcadis

Dialog Semiconductor

Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 4

RPC specialises in private equity-backed transactional work for buyout houses, venture capital investors, and target companies. The firm's sector focus include technology, retail, financial services, and insurance, a particular niche for the corporate team. The practice is led by David Wallis, who advises on UK and US-originating transactions in the financial services and insurance sectors, both on the buy and sell-side. James Mee also specialises in insurance work, with extensive knowledge of the industry in both advisory and transactional matters.

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Paine Schwartz Partners

JRJ Group

Keyhaven Capital

Mobeus Equity Partners

Werqwise

Splitcha

Comhar Capital

StoryShare Holdings

Ebury Partners

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.

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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.’

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 4

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.

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‘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’.

Key clients

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

The Financial Times Limited

Oleg Deripaska/Filatona Trading Limited

Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Transparency International

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.

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Studio E Architects

NHBC

Clague Architects

CBRE

Vinci

Gleeds

White Ink Architects Limited

Broadway Malyan Limited

Urban Innovations Limited

EPR Architects Limited

Ridge & Partners

NMCM

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.

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‘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.’

Key clients

Filatona Trading

Kout Food Group

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

The ‘excellent, pragmatic and commercially focusedRPC 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.

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‘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’

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AIG

QBE

Zurich

BPL Global

Aviva

RSA Insurance Group

Equitable Life

Direct Line Group

Sompo International

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.

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‘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.’

 

Key clients

Stella McCartney

Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance

Frasers Group

Linpac

NHS Scotland & DHSSPS

Link Scheme

Pizza Express

Asos

Zurich

Ebury Partners

Dods Group

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

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.

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Key clients

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 SeftonRobert 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.

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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.

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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.

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AXA XL

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner James Miller
Senior partner Oliver Bray
Advertising & Marketing Oliver Bray
Banking litigation Tom Hibbert
Civil Fraud Andy McGregor
Commercial disputes Geraldine Elliott
Competition Lambros Kilaniotis
Construction Alan Stone
Corporate/M&A Karen Hendy
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
Finance Sukh Ahark
Insurance and reinsurance Simon Laird
Intellectual property, technology and outsourcing Jeremy Drew
International arbitration Jonathan Wood
Media Keith Mathieson
Real estate Elizabeth Alibhai
Regulatory Gavin Reese
Retail Jeremy Drew & Karen Hendy
Restructuring and insolvency Paul Bagon & Finella Fogarty
Sports & Entertainment Jeremy Drew & Josh Charalambous
Tax Adam Craggs & Ben Roberts
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 Patrick Brodie  photo Patrick Brodie Head of RPC’s Employment, Pensions and Incentives practice, Patrick Brodie is often…
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 Marlon Cohen photo Marlon Cohen Senior Associate. Marlon is an experienced transactional lawyer specialising in complex commercial…
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 Ciara Cullen  photo Ciara Cullen Partner. An IP and technology litigation specialist, Ciara is dual qualified in…
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 Simon Edwards photo Simon Edwards Simon is a Partner in RPC’s Commercial team, with over 15 years’…
 Geraldine Elliott  photo Geraldine Elliott Partner and leader of the commercial disputes group of the firm. Practises…
 Matthew Evans  photo Matthew Evans Senior Associate specialising in heavy contractual disputes and issues of contractual interpretation.
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 Tom Hibbert  photo Tom Hibbert Tom Hibbert is Global Head of RPC’s Commercial Disputes practice and a…
 Toby Higginson  photo Toby Higginson Partner. Toby has extensive experience of advising insurers on a variety of…
 Sarah Hill  photo Sarah Hill Legal Director. Sarah is a technology lawyer specialising in dispute resolution, including…
 Ben Hillman  photo Ben Hillman Legal Director Ben is a litigator with particular expertise in property-related disputes.…
 Rhian Howell photo Rhian Howell Partner Rhian Howell is a leading professional negligence expert with significant experience…
 Genevieve Isherwood photo Genevieve Isherwood Associate. Genevieve defends medical malpractice and product liability claims and has experience…
 Paul Joukador photo Paul Joukador A leading partner in commercial, outsourcing and technology matters who delivers pragmatic…
 Lucy Kerr  photo Lucy Kerr Lucy Kerr is a senior associate in the Regulatory and White Collar…
 Simy Khanna  photo Simy Khanna Simy Khanna is a Partner in the Professional Indemnity team. She specialises…
 Lambros Kilaniotis  photo Lambros Kilaniotis Lambros heads the competition team at RPC and also leads the cross-practice…
 Parham Kouchikali  photo Parham Kouchikali Parham is a litigation partner specialising in banking disputes, financial markets litigation…
 Simon Laird  photo Simon Laird Head of Insurance. Partner dealing with insurance, professional negligence and commercial litigation.…
 Toby Lamarque photo Toby Lamarque Toby is a Managing Consultant in RPC’s Regulatory and White Collar Crime…
 Ben Mark  photo Ben Mark Ben is a Partner in RPC’s Intellectual Property and Technology group and…
 Keith Mathieson  photo Keith Mathieson Partner. An expert in defamation and privacy law, Keith Mathieson has been…
 Andy McGregor  photo Andy McGregor Andy McGregor is RPC’s Head of Civil Fraud and specialises in complex,…
 Nick McMahon  photo Nick McMahon Nick specialises in health and safety and environmental regulatory matters, representing individuals…
 James Mee  photo James Mee Partner and head of corporate insurance and financial services. Practice areas include…
 James Miller  photo James Miller Managing Partner. An international property and international casualty insurance lawyer by background,…
 Tatiana Minaeva  photo Tatiana Minaeva Partner Tatiana Minaeva specialises in complex international commercial and sovereign arbitrations. She…
 Karen Morrish  photo Karen Morrish Partner. Karen is a highly regarded insurance lawyer specialising in the defence…
 Catherine Percy  photo Catherine Percy Partner. Insurance lawyer and commercial litigator. Expertise in property insurance, casualty claims…
 Henry Priestley  photo Henry Priestley Partner Henry Priestley advises across contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with a…
 Gavin Reese  photo Gavin Reese Gavin has been advising insurers and corporates for over 30 years. He…
 Graham Reid  photo Graham Reid Legal Director who specialises in all aspects of legal services, lawyers and…
 Ben Roberts  photo Ben Roberts Ben is a partner in the RPC Corporate team. He advises clients on…
 Chris Ross  photo Chris Ross Partner. Chris Ross is a litigator specialising in commercial, banking and finance…
 Peter Rudd-Clarke  photo Peter Rudd-Clarke Legal Director. Peter specialises in defending manufacturers of complex products against liability…
 Toby Savage  photo Toby Savage Partner. Toby is a dispute resolution and litigation lawyer based in London. He…
 Victoria Sherratt  photo Victoria Sherratt Victoria leads the UK Property & Casualty Group. She specialises in property…
 Michelle Sloane  photo Michelle Sloane Michelle Sloane is a Partner specialising in the resolution of tax disputes.…
 Laura Stocks  photo Laura Stocks Senior Associate. Laura specialises in defending claims against leading law firms and…
 Alan Stone  photo Alan Stone Partner. Alan is an insurance lawyer specialising in construction disputes and professional…
 Peter Sugden  photo Peter Sugden Peter is a partner in RPC’s Corporate/M&A group. Peter has a broad…
 Sam Tate  photo Sam Tate Partner. Sam is a highly experienced white-collar crime lawyer and is a…
 Kelly Thomson  photo Kelly Thomson Partner. Kelly advises on complex international and national employment matters, with particular…
 Naomi Vary  photo Naomi Vary Partner. Naomi Vary specialises in resolving political risk and trade credit disputes. She…
 Gary Walkling  photo Gary Walkling Position: Partner specialising in onshore and offshore losses and liabilities of all…
 David Wallis  photo David Wallis Head of private equity. Corporate partner with particular expertise in private equity,…
 Robert Waterson  photo Robert Waterson Robert is a Partner in RPC’s tax disputes group. He is a…
 James Wickes  photo James Wickes Partner in RPC’s insurance group; specialising in financial risks. Advises London market…
 Leigh Williams photo Leigh Williams Partner Leigh Williams is a commercial dispute resolution lawyer who deals in…
 Alan Williams  photo Alan Williams Commercial disputes partner with a particular focus on banking and finance disputes.…
 Nigel Wilson  photo Nigel Wilson Nigel is a senior lawyer, Of Counsel, specialising in IT, technology projects,…
 Dan Wyatt  photo Dan Wyatt Partner Dan Wyatt is an experienced commercial litigator with particular expertise in…
 Jonathan Wyles  photo Jonathan Wyles Legal Director specialising in claims against professionals – legal, financial and construction.
Number of UK partners : 93
Number of other UK fee-earners : 254
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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.

The Lex 100 Verdict

‘Interesting work, including lots of litigation experience’ plus ‘friendly people and a supportive culture’ describe RPC. The firm’s litigation and corporate/ commercial expertise is top notch and highly praised by its trainees. As a City firm, RPC stands out for its smaller intake size, progressive attitude and breadth of seat opportunities. As one trainee comments, ‘the firm is progressive, and much smaller, allowing for more meaningful work and contact as a part of a smaller cohort. The firm also specialises in areas where I want to potentially work’. Another added that ‘RPC seemed to go against the grain in terms of traditional corporate City law firm culture and values’. The vacation scheme was also praised: ‘the culture was head and shoulders above the rest. I felt as though I was treated with a lot of respect and given proper responsibility during my vacation scheme on live matters’. Negatives mentioned include the pay (compared with other City firms) and the IT systems, but overall there is lots of positivity. Highlights of training demonstrate the firm’s approach being experiential, as a trainee emphasises: ‘my training contract is more hands on and I've been given more responsibility than peers at other firms'. Trainees say the best thing about the firm is ‘the people and culture’; ‘virtually everyone from all levels I have met and worked for has been approachable and have been reasonable about things like deadlines and will try to help you manage your capacity as a trainee, especially at the start of a seat’. If looking for stellar contentious expertise, impressive client list and a City experience with a smaller intake, RPC is worth a serious look.