Firm Profile > RPC > London, England

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

Commercial contracts Tier 1

RPC's substantial standalone commercial team saw notable expansion in 2021 with the recruitment of Tom Purton from Travers Smith LLP, who adds expertise in joint ventures and collaboration agreements. The wider practice handles the full breadth of commercial work for a varied client roster encompassing businesses in the digital, technology, media, retail and financial services industries; notable examples include Google, YouTube and News UK. Oliver Bray heads up the department and recently advised Facebook on the establishment of its independent oversight board, which handles issues relating to content moderation on Facebook's platforms. Other key names include Paul Joukador, who assists with transformational projects; Mark Crichard, who leads the firm's technology and outsourcing practice; Charles Buckworth, who advises on IT transactions and issues in the payment services sector; and branding expert Ciara Cullen.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Bray

Other key lawyers:

Paul Joukador; Mark Crichard; Charles Buckworth; Jon Bartley; Simon Edwards; Ciara Cullen; Josh Charalambous

Testimonials

‘A superb team of lawyers, experts in the Advertising and Marketing sector. A close-knit unit, with robust legal expertise combined with deep industry knowledge. Always happy to go above and beyond to help with any request.’

‘Oliver Bray goes from strength to strength. We were delighted to hear of his promotion to Senior Partner. Incredibly well deserved. We would be lost without him.’

‘The team have extensive knowledge in how to create complex technology agreement for global organisations.’

‘Great experience in the sector, consistently added value beyond just ‘black letter’ issues. Very responsive when needed, but maintains a human touch.’

‘Ciara Cullen is technically excellent and a fantastic client lawyer. Always there when we need her and gives consistently good advice, both legally and commercially. Josh Charalambous has a wealth of knowledge in the sports and entertainment sector and is one to watch.’

Key clients

Google and YouTube

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus

New Look

News UK (The Times, The Sun)

JUUL

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP)

Crabtree & Evelyn

House of Fraser

Charlotte Tilbury

LINK

Shepherd Neame

Gist

Office Space in Town

BOC Limited

HB Leisure

AB InBev

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

RPC has a strong presence in the publishing, advertising, digital and interaction content arenas. Oliver Bray is a well-known name in the advertising and marketing space, where he acts for household-name consumer brands, social media platforms and leading advertising agencies. In the publishing space, led by Keith Mathieson, the team undertakes a mix of contentious and non-contentious work, which includes advice on pre-publication matters, regulatory issues and commercial agreements. Ciara Cullen, who focuses on branding matters, is another key individual. She provides 'clear, concise support with contract queries’. Henry Priestley made partner in 2020. In a more recent development, Tom Purton joined from Travers Smith LLP.

Practice head(s):

Keith Mathieson; Oliver Bray

Other key lawyers:

Ciara Cullen; Henry Priestley; Tom Purton; Stuart Harris; Rachael Ellis; Rupert Cowper-Coles; Alex Vakil

Testimonials

‘Oliver Bray is incredible. He always makes time and never fails to provide sound, pragmatic advice and solutions.’

‘A superb team of lawyers, experts in the advertising and marketing sector. A close-knit unit, with robust legal expertise combined with deep industry knowledge. Always happy to go above and beyond to help with any request.’

‘Keith Mathieson and Ciara Cullen are great to work with.’

‘Oliver Bray is always available and happy to provide pragmatic commercial solutions, never phased by a wide range of proposals put to him.’

‘Ciara Cullen is equally helpful and provides excellent clear concise support with contract queries across a wide range of potential situations.’

‘The team are all very pragmatic and have spent time in-house, so understand how commercial businesses work. They are open-minded as to approach and happy to work with their clients to find solutions that work.’

‘Oliver Bray goes from strength to strength. We were delighted to hear of his promotion to senior partner this year. Incredibly well deserved. We would be lost without him.’

”Trusted partners’ does not do the RPC team justice. They really dig in to understand our market, our technology, our company, everything.’

Key clients

Google and YouTube

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp

Jet2 Holidays

Techtonic Industries (Vax and Milwaukee)

JUUL

Pizza Express

Shiseido

Hachette UK Limited

MGN Limited

Bloomberg LP

Associated Newspapers Limited

Times Newspapers Limited

Channel 4

True Vision Productions Ltd

Reputation management Tier 1

The sizeable team at RPC is the 'top defendant media practice in the country' according to one client, acting for clients across all media sectors, including national newspapers, broadcasters, book publishers and primary media liability insurers. The pre-eminent practice is regularly involved in high-profile litigation and has substantial expertise across the full spectrum of defamation, privacy and related matters. Keith Mathieson heads the practice and is widely recognised as a leading lawyer in this area, focusing on defending freedom of expression. Recently promoted partner Rupert Cowper-Coles is 'first class' and is involved in complex data dispute issues over online publication. Alex Wilson is also recommended, advising on pre- and post-publication issues.

Practice head(s):

Keith Mathieson

Other key lawyers:

Rupert Cowper-Coles; Alex Wilson; Samantha Thompson

Testimonials

‘They are the top defendant media practice in the country, in my opinion, and have maintained that position. They deserve their top ranking in reputational management.’

‘Keith Mathieson is the best media/reputation management partner in London. Rupert Cowper-Coles is first class, very bright with top knowledge of the law in this field, and prepared to roll his sleeves up to get into the detail.’

‘Alex Wilson and Samantha Thompson – Very hard-working with great judgement.’

‘An excellent, hard-working, well-informed team with superb dedication to their clients’ cases. Very good use of e-disclosure platforms.’

‘The pre-eminent defendant-focused firm in the sector with an unparalleled breadth of knowledge and experience on all issues which typically arise. The go-to firm for media publishers.’

‘The stand-out partner is Keith Mathieson. He is the most capable and experienced media defence solicitor in this jurisdiction. He can advise on and litigate all aspects of the law in this area.’

‘Good defendant lawyers in reputation management are hard to find. RPC are still a class above in this field.’

Key clients

Associated Newspapers Limited

Times Newspapers Limited

News Group Newspapers Limited

Reach plc (Mirror Group Newspapers)

Bloomberg L.P.

The BBC

True Vision Productions Limited

Channel 4

Campaign Against Antisemitism

Società Editoriale Il Fatto [publisher of national Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidien]

Retail and consumer Tier 1

Balancing ‘technical knowledge and approachability’, RPC’s team is recognised as 'outstanding IP specialists with an exceptional knowledge of the retail industry'. Jointly headed by Jeremy Drew and Karen Hendy, the group represents a core pillar of the firm’s overall sector offering, with clients benefiting from an end-to-end approach that encompasses both brick-and-mortar and digital-focused projects. Ciara Cullen, who ‘stands out for being a true business partner’, leads the food and drink retail group alongside Ben Mark, Oliver Bray co-leads the digital retail stream, while Elizabeth Alibhai is noted for advising retailers, corporate investors, property companies and funds on a broad range of real estate matters. Commercial lawyer Tom Purton arrived from Travers Smith LLP as a senior partner in January 2021, bolstering the firm’s commercial contracts credentials.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Drew; Karen Hendy

Other key lawyers:

Ciara Cullen; Oliver Bray; Ben Mark; Elizabeth Alibhai; Henry Priestley

Testimonials

I believe the balance between technical knowledge and approachability is what makes RPC unique. I am 100% confident when instructing the RPC team that I will receive sound commercial legal advice whilst also receiving top-tier client service. Getting this balance is often difficult and therefore the fact this has been achieved is what makes the RPC team unique.’

The full RPC team are a very friendly and approachable team. The level of service is always appreciated and remembered when it comes to re-instructing.’

Efficient and collaborative approach. Willing to give opinions rather than just stating facts like many peers.’

A superb team of lawyers, experts in the advertising and marketing sector. A close-knit unit, with robust legal expertise combined with deep industry knowledge. Always happy to go above and beyond to help with any request.’

Oliver Bray goes from strength to strength. We were delighted to hear of his promotion to senior partner this year. Incredibly well deserved. We would be lost without him.’

Ciara Cullen stands out for being a true business partner. Ciara coordinates the team to ensure the very best client experience, ensuring accurate timely advice on a diverse range of queries. An expert in her field, we have come to rely on Ciara and her team as an extension of the business.’

Highly competent, helpful and responsive. Very client-focused and collaborative mindset.’

Outstanding IP specialists with an exceptional knowledge of the retail industry.’

 

Key clients

Sports Direct

Owners of Globe-Trotter (ICBM Holdings)

Halo Group

Azzurri Group (owners of Zizzi, ASK Italian and Coco di Mama)

Stella McCartney

Pernod Ricard

Shepherd Neame (Britain’s oldest brewer)

Google

Frasers Group

Facebook

New Look

Daks Simpson

Coca Cola European Partners

Charlotte Tilbury

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

RPC's banking and financial markets litigation practice is a popular choice for investors and borrowers in claims against investment banks. Led by Simon Hart (who is noted for his 'first-class customer service'), the group acts for sovereign states, European regional banks, pension funds, hedge funds, other asset managers and the investment vehicles of high-net-worth individuals in claims. Tom Hibbert is 'right at the top of his game', particularly in capital markets, fund management disputes and insolvency-related litigation; for structured finance and derivatives disputes, 'class act' Andy McGregor is noted. Jonathan Cary also has a breadth of experience acting for large financial institutions against global investment banks; Daniel Hemming is 'a true superstar in the making' including for derivative products, ISDA and GMRA disputes, while associate Charlotte Henschen is building a breadth of experience in this space.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hart

Other key lawyers:

Tom Hibbert; Chris Ross; Jonathan Cary; Charlotte Henschen; Andy McGregor; Daniel Hemming

Testimonials

If you are an investor or borrower with a large or difficult claim against an investment bank, RPC are the firm for you. They have won many high profile claims in the banking sector that have rolled back the frontiers of what claims might successfully be brought.

In-depth team with excellent leadership for financial claims, excellent ability to grasp what others miss, for example in insolvency claims.

Excellent communication across all aspects of the claim.’

Tom Hibbert is one of the star partners in this sphere – right at the top of his game. A genius for melding client trust and the killer points into a winning combination. Impeccable judgment. Dan Hemming is a new partner but a true superstar in the making – fantastically clever and hugely perceptive. Chris Ross is a safe pair of hands who never drops the ball – vital in any heavy case. Andy McGregor is simply a class act – unique talent for the work.’

Simon Hart, partner – a first-class customer service experience. We particularly value Simon’s ability to look forward and prepare for events before they occur.’

They work with diligent, think ahead and well prepared in every angle.’

Meticulous attention to detail and round-the-clock attentiveness, regardless of time zones.

RPC give a professional service with high diligent and expertise.

Key clients

Federal Government of Nigeria

Loreley Financing (Jersey) No 30 Limited

Bank St Petersburg (BSP)

Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited

VIP clients of Promsvyazbank

Corporate governance Tier 2

RPC's corporate governance work extends from board-level advice and annual reporting issues to complex reputation and media management work, with the firm advising a number of high-profile clients. The team has expertise in sensitive diversity and inclusion work (a key issue for recently-promoted partner Kelly Thomson), human rights and modern slavery work, and broader social issues relating to political upheaval and race relations. The team is led by Jeremy Drew, who has notable experience advising corporate clients on conduct, culture and risk management issues; Patrick Brodie, who advises on sensitive culture issues, investigations and resolution programs alongside an active Covid-19 response practice; and Matthew Griffith, who focuses on governance work in the insurance and financial services sectors. Associate Josh Charalambous is noted for his work on sports regulatory issues, while associate Emily McGregor has a broad emerging corporate advisory practice.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Drew; Patrick Brodie; Matthew Griffith

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Thomson; Josh Charalambous; Emily McGregor

Testimonials

Patrick Brodie is brilliant. A joy to deal with.

Key clients

Fraser Group (previously Sports Direct)

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Dialog Semiconductor Plc

Ceres Power Holdings Plc

Egon Zehnder

ArcelorMittal

Customs and excise Tier 2

RPC's customs and excise team is praised as 'one of the best'; clients are advised on work involving customs duties, excise duties, anti-dumping duties, land fill tax and aggregates levies. The team has extensive experience handling HMRC indirect tax investigations and represents corporates and high-net worth individuals. Adam Craggs leads the practice and has particular expertise in handling enquiries and criminal tax investigations, as well as complex group litigation actions. Robert Waterson has an 'outstanding practice' and advises on direct and indirect tax litigation, while Michelle Sloane was promoted to the partnership in May 2020; she specialises in complex tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Adam Craggs

Other key lawyers:

Robert Waterson; Michelle Sloane

Testimonials

The customs and excise team is one of the best there is and able to put their knowledge of this particular area into a broad legal and fiscal context including both civil and criminal law. They are particularly good at utilising judicial review alongside substantive legal remedies when litigating.’

Robert Waterson has built an outstanding practice with a wide range of clients. He has a very inspiring client manner which is allied to excellent technical ability and a willingness to go the extra mile.’

Michelle Sloane has a particular reputation in relation to matters involved with white collar crime and provides a perspective on client affairs which is much-needed and rarely available.’

RPC are an excellent team whose knowledge of their specialist areas is exceptional and reassuring.’

Whilst being extremely professional and knowledgeable the RPC staff are friendly and approachable. They provide a very human touch in matters that are both complicated and stressful.’

Key clients

Frasers Group PLC (Sports Direct)

Universal Cycles Ltd

Fraud: civil Tier 2

The broad practice of RPC is known as a ‘true force in international litigation’, with particular expertise in banking disputes with a fraud element and cases arising out of the CIS and Russia. In addition, the firm is increasingly active in Africa and the Middle East, a notable example being representing the Federal Government of Nigeria (FRN) in its claim against JP Morgan and involving the fraudulent and corrupt acquisition of an oil prospecting licence. Andrew McGregor leads the civil fraud team and is ‘totally unfazed by the twists and turns of oligarch litigation’. Also Notable is the newly promoted partner Dan Wyatt, who focuses on fraud disputes, often with a Russian-FSU element.

Practice head(s):

Andy McGregor

Other key lawyers:

Dan Wyatt; Sam Tate; Christopher Whitehouse

Testimonials

‘From a barrister’s perspective, the RPC fraud team is perfect. They have great experience and so are able to add insight on both the law and on tactics. They are hard-working and easy to get along with. They know when to push counsel to stress test an answer and when to take advice. And they know how to control their (often high profile and demanding) clients’.

‘Andy McGregor, the head of civil fraud, is superb.  He’s been around the block and is totally unfazed by the twists and turns of oligarch litigation. He is really bright and he knows how to run a team and get things done’.

‘Dan Wyatt, a junior partner, is responsible for leading cases on a day to day basis. I’d say he is a great all-rounder: clever, insightful, hard-working and easy to get along with’.

‘Brainbox Chris Whitehouse will be a partner before long. He helps extract every drop of juice out of a case and is a joy to work with – despite working harder than Margaret Thatcher!’

‘RPC is capable of dealing with complex, fact heavy and large-scale global disputes. They easily navigate huge volumes of documents/materials and come up with creative and effective solutions/strategies. They pay great attention to details and always know their case from inside out’.

‘This team’s ability to operate at a consistently high level across several significant and high profile cases sets them apart from the rest – they are market-leading in every sense’.

‘The team is led extraordinarily well by Andy McGregor and it is his leadership that allows the team to operate so effectively whilst maintaining and continuing to build their profile in this area. I have no hesitation in recommending Andy and his team to clients safe in the knowledge that they will receive top tier service and advice’.

‘We have had very positive experiences working with Andy McGregor and Dan Wyatt at RPC. The stand out feature of their approach is that they are both capable of delivering proper strategic advice to clients and seeing it through’.

Key clients

Federal Government of Nigeria

Leonid Khanukaev

Ashot Yegiazaryan

Roman Frenkel

Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited

Bank St Petersburg

Health and safety Tier 2

RPC's multidisciplinary health and safety team is able to benefit from the breadth of the firm's wider regulatory services and expertise. Gavin Reese leads the team, which advises on high-profile fatalities, including gross negligence and corporate manslaughter, and other catastrophic accidents, such as explosions and building collapses. The practice is well acquainted with insurers, and is often instructed via policies, or through the firm's other departments. Mamata Dutta and Fiona Hahlo are key team members, and have experience handling inquests from the construction, manufacturing, and the leisure industries.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Reese

Other key lawyers:

Mamata Dutta; Fiona Hahlo

Testimonials

‘An exceptionally strong all-round team with unmatched experience across a number of industrial, manufacturing and service sectors.’

‘As a firm, they are adept at providing a premier service to clients large and small and achieve astonishing success in defending health and safety prosecutions.’

Key clients

AXA XL

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 2

RPC acts for major insurers and reinsurers in international litigation and arbitration proceedings. The broad practice is noted for its expertise in matters involving financial lines, energy and power generation and cyber risk insurance. Practice lead Simon Laird splits his time between the London and Bristol offices. Key contacts in the team include partners Simon Goldring, James Wickes, who is noted for handling warranty and indemnity insurance claims, and Gary Walkling, who focuses on energy insurance matters. Political risk and trade credit insurance expert Naomi Vary, property team lead Victoria Sherratt and energy specialist Leigh Williams, are also names to note. The firm hired Lucy Dyson  from DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Practice head(s):

Simon Laird

Other key lawyers:

Simon Goldring; James Wickes; Gary Walkling; Naomi Vary; Leigh Williams; Lucy Dyson

Testimonials

‘A personal service. I’m updated on matters by phone and timescales for reporting provided which are always met. Friendly and helpful staff and clearly very knowledgeable.’

‘A large team with a great mix of knowledgeable partners and smart associates.’

‘A client friendly, responsive team who are a pleasure to work with.  They know the insurance market well and deploy that knowledge to inform their advice which is commercial and pragmatic. It has been very important for us to respond to our policyholders in a clear, consistent and timely way and the team at RPC has worked with us closely to ensure that has been possible.’

‘Friendly staff who clearly know their stuff.’

‘Victoria Sherratt is very responsive, pragmatic and commercial and her advice is well structured and clear.  She does not sit on the fence and she seeks to understand the challenges that we are faced with as a business. She is passionate about the work that she does.’

Key clients

Navigators

AIG

Arch

Hiscox

Liberty

Probitas

QBE

Axis

AXA XL

Hamilton

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 2

RPC's insurance sector clients turn to the firm for advice on the entire ambit of complex transactional, commercial and regulatory issues. The practice is led by Matthew Griffith, whose recent work included acting for both insurers and brokers on Brexit-related restructurings. Also notable is that, in 2020, he led the advice to the shareholders of Thames Underwriting Limited on the sale of the business to the Ardonagh group. Elsewhere, the team advises clients on fundraising and strategic partnerships, as well as regulatory investigations, among other matters. James Mee is another key name in the group, which was bolstered by the arrival of William Hogarth from Clyde & Co LLP in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Griffith

Other key lawyers:

James Mee; William Hogarth; Jonathan Charwat

Testimonials

Pleasant and competent people.’

James Mee – very approachable, collaborative and resourceful.’

Responsive and provide commercially realistic advice.’

Jonathan Charwat is knowledgeable and very user friendly.’

Strong London insurance market understanding/experience.’

James Mee – practical, commercial and gets transactions over the line with minimal fuss.’

Key clients

Beat Capital Partners

MS Amlin

Mosaic Insurance

QBE

RSA

AIG

Aviva

Zurich

Howden Group

Assured Partners

Hiscox

AXA Liabilities Managers (AXA LM)

TigerRisk

Snap-on UK Holdings Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 2

RPC stands out for its expertise in business critical outsourcing projects across numerous industries, including insurance, healthcare, financial services and technology. In addition, the firm is well-regarded for its expertise in litigation around outsourced services, in which it acts for major digital media companies, public sector bodies and retailers, among other clients. In a recent highlight, the team advised two NHS teaching hospitals on the outsourcing of their pathology services, with an estimated value of over £1.5bn. Mark Crichard leads the firm's technology and outsourcing practice, whereas Jeremy Drew  heads up the commercial TMT practice. Charles Buckworth is another key partner, known for handling IT,  outsourcing and data projects in the financial services industry.

Practice head(s):

Mark Crichard; Jeremy Drew

Other key lawyers:

Charles Buckworth

Key clients

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

Link Scheme Ltd and Link Scheme Holdings Ltd

eClerx Services Limited

International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFRS)

British Veterinary Association

McArthurGlen Group

Google Inc

WNS Global Services

Facebook

Royal & Sun Alliance

Product liability: defendant Tier 2

RPC has considerable experience in acting for insurers and their insureds. It is particularly active in handling claims arising from clients in the life science, but also represents clients in the automotive, chemical and construction sectors. Practice head Gavin Reese has experience in matters relating to the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and advises on Brexit complications. Legal director Peter Rudd-Clarke has particular know-how in the life sciences and consumer products sectors. Dorothy Flower is an expert in disputes arising from clinical trials.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Reese

Other key lawyers:

Dorothy Flower; Peter Rudd-Clarke

Testimonials

‘Excellent technical knowledge, effective project management.’

‘Peter Rudd-Clarke stands out for his sector knowledge and expertise, and technical ability.’

‘The RPC product liability defence team brings both strong insurance expertise and a highly commercial approach to product liability disputes. The team has been involved in many leading recent product liability cases.’

‘Dorothy Flower is one of the most experienced product liability specialists in London. She combines a detailed knowledge of the law with an impressive tactical and strategic awareness. Clients appreciate her understanding of their priorities.’

‘My experience of RPC is that they have a good grasp of the life sciences and healthcare industry, including the processes, procedures and nomenclature.’

‘Peter Rudd-Clarke is amenable and knowledgeable. He is capable of putting complex legal arguments into easy-to-understand English. He has the ability to interpret the client’s requirements and compile a robust defence.’

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

The 'outstanding' team at RPC is active in defending national and international firms, financial institutions and members of the construction sector on professional negligence claims. An interesting specialism within the team is a focus on the art industry, defending claims against auction houses and art dealers, with Davina Given particular active in these mandates. Head of the London practice, Tim Bull, holds expertise in defending professionals such as solicitors, insurance brokers, trustees and financial services employees and is praised for 'a deep understanding of professional negligence'. Nick Bird represents architects, accountants and lawyers in their professional negligence disputes. James Wickes is involved in claims against financial professionals, while Tom Green , who was promoted to partner in 2020,  has substantial expertise in the construction sector.

Practice head(s):

Tim Bull

Other key lawyers:

Nick Bird; James Wickes; Davina Given; Tom Green; Laura Stocks; Alexandra Anderson

Testimonials

‘RPC really knows its stuff in this area.’ 

‘This is one of the outstanding prof neg teams in the country. It has strength in depth with partners such as Nick Bird and many outstanding associates and juniors.’

‘A highly experienced team at the forefront of professional negligence.’

‘Excellent – full of clever people with great knowledge about the sector and deep expertise.’

‘Tim Bull has a deep understanding of professional negligence and professional indemnity insurance. He is pragmatic, engaging and a pleasure to work with.’

‘ Nick Bird is careful, thoughtful and perfect for the really complex matters.’

‘Laura Stocks is an excellent associate, with high attention to detail. Nick Bird is a very experienced partner who sees the big picture, and quickly.’

Key clients

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

AXA XL

Aviva

AXIS

QBE

Travelers

ALAS

Ernst & Young LLP

Stewarts Law LLP

NHBC

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

RPC has an 'exceptional' tax disputes team with a broad client offering that covers contentious civil direct and indirect tax (including VAT and customs and excise duty) and criminal investigation and defence work. The team has been increasingly advising clients on public law and judicial review issues against HMRC. Practice head Adam Craggs has extensive experience advising on direct and indirect tax dispute resolution, and is also an accredited mediator. Robert Waterson has a broad direct and indirect tax litigation practice and frequently assists clients with cases involving issues of public and EU law. Michelle Sloane specialises in VAT, and customs and excise duty disputes. In 2020, Sloane was promoted to partner, while senior associate Harry Smith joined the team from KPMG Law in the United Kingdom.

Practice head(s):

Adam Craggs

Other key lawyers:

Robert Waterson; Michelle Sloane; Rebekka Sandwell; Constantine Christof; Alice Kempi; Harry Smith

Testimonials

RPC LLP has a particularly strong presence in group litigation of tax cases. This is largely down to the personal knowledge and capabilities of partner Adam Craggs ably supported by his talented support team.’

Partner Adam Craggs and Associate Rebekka Sandwell – they are experienced, responsive and good to work with.’

What sets RPC apart from the competition is that they have real empathy with their clients. You really feel that they are on your side – they listen to your concerns, advise accordingly and expertly manage expectations. They always respond quickly which builds trust and reassurance in what they do and how they do it.’

Adam Craggs (partner) and Constantine (Costa) Christofi (senior associate) are an exceptional team. They do genuinely work together for the benefit of clients.’

Key clients

TSB Plc

Frasers Group PLC

Universal Cycles Ltd

Metropolitan International Schools Ltd

Emblin & Reid

Newcastle United Football Club

Steven Hoey

TMT Tier 2

RPC is particularly active in the technology sector, where it assists large traditional and digital media clients with corporate transactions, procurement contracts, insurance issues (particularly cyber risk insurance) and complex disputes. Jeremy Drew has over 25 years' experience in contentious and non-contentious matters involving TMT clients, with a particular focus on the technology and retail sectors, while Oliver Bray specialises in handling commercial contracts for large digital media clients, including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp; he is also well-versed in advertising, consumer and data protection law. Mark Crichard stands out for his expertise in outsourcing projects, systems development work, procurements, software licensing issues and cloud computing matters. David Cran is known in the market for his strong reputation in technology litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Drew

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Bray; Mark Crichard; David Cran

Testimonials

‘RPC has one of the best intellectual property practice teams in the UK. They are very collaborative, responsive, and practical. They are well-respected by their adversaries in the UK and by the courts, which is helpful in resolving disputes through negotiated settlements and through litigation when necessary. I continue to believe that 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 hand is  transactional or contentious.’ 

‘The RPC media team is one of the very few media specialist practices that will take on only defence work. As a result, they have formidable expertise in all areas of media defence and a deep knowledge of how the media works and what media clients want.’

‘RPC’s reputation management practice is the best in the sector for defendant/insurance work.’

‘The team is efficient and shows excellent judgment. They are very good at managing long-running, complex litigation and anticipating how decisions may affect the position months or years later.’

‘RPC are leading experts in their field; they regularly partner with our business to help deliver comprehensive new campaigns and technologies, always providing exceptionally clear and considered advice. Trusted partners do not do the RPC team justice. They really dig in to understand our market, our technology, our company, everything.’

‘Oliver Bray is incredible. He always makes time and never fails to provide sound, pragmatic advice and solutions.’

‘David Cran is very personable and tactical in his approach. I really appreciate his creative approach to problem solving and his attention to detail.’

Key clients

Facebook

Google

Instagram

Ebury

Dialog Semiconductor

Frasers Group

BetConstruct

Kudan Inc.

eClerx

FeedConstruct

LINK Scheme

GAME Retail

VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

RPC is 'excellent' at handling a vast variety of VAT issues and displays strong expertise across indirect tax. The team handles high-value tax litigation and both civil and criminal HMRC investigations, and has been increasingly active advising on judicial review cases against HMRC. Practice head Adam Craggs has extensive experience handling enquiries and criminal tax investigations involving alleged VAT fraud, including missing trader intra community (MTIC) fraud, and complex group litigation actions. Robert Waterson has a strong indirect tax litigation practice and Michelle Sloane specialises in VAT disputes and MTIC fraud. Clients praise the team for its 'practical, sensible and commercially sound advice'.

Practice head(s):

Adam Craggs

Other key lawyers:

Robert Waterson; Michelle Sloane; Constantine Christofi

Testimonials

The team are very well placed to deal with VAT matters and are able to deal with VAT alongside other duty matters. As well as being excellent at tax, they are able to place it in a broad context which includes white-collar crime. The breadth of ability available is rare and impressive.’

Robert Waterson is a fine lawyer who can deal with both the substantive tax matters, judicial review and non-contentious matters. He has, justifiably, a loyal following. Michelle Sloane is another fine lawyer with a particular expertise in white-collar crime which makes her an essential part of the team. Adam Craggs has the gravitas and experience to head a very impressive practice.’

RPC is unique in that it has a hands-on approach and always provides practical, sensible and commercially sound advice. They also try hard to understand your specific requirements as a client and add value throughout, contemplating wider issues and ensuring they are dealt with. Everyone on the RPC team is professional, helpful and easy to work with.’

Robert Waterson and Constantine Christofi have both always applied sound, realistic judgement to the matters in hand and provided strategic and tactical advice that leads to a successful outcome. They are both prompt to answer questions, turning drafts and responses around quickly. Particularly valued is their ability to explain in layman’s terms the various aspects of VAT, the process and path taken.’

Robert Waterson and his team can relate to real-life issues and are concerned about the right outcome for the client, not just racking up fees.’

Key clients

Metropolitan International School Ltd

Newcastle United Football Club

Frasers Group PLC (Sports Direct)

TSB plc

Universal Cycles

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 3

At RPC, 'superb tactician' Dorothy Flower 'runs a very tight ship with hand picked juniors of extremely high calibre'. A wide range of notable clients from the independent sector instruct the team to act in the full cycle of issues that can face healthcare organisations and practitioners. Areas of particular strength for the firm include group actions, cases concerning reproductive and fertility services, mental health matters and claims involving international issues. Senior associate Sian Morgan is among the team's recommended lawyers, with one client singling her out as a 'rare gem'.

Practice head(s):

Dorothy Flower

Other key lawyers:

Sian Morgan; James Davies; Natalie Drew; Emma Kislingbury

Testimonials

‘Sian Morgan is a legend. I have never come across anyone who comes close to her skill and ability. I never have to worry that she hasn’t thought of something. She always goes the extra mile. Her thought processes are impressive. I don’t even have to worry about her invoices. I wish I could instruct her on every claim. She understands the balance between insurance commercial considerations and legal battles. She’s a rare gem.’

‘Dorothy Flower, head of department, is a titan in the world of clinical negligence defence. A superb tactician with a mastery of many briefs. She runs a very tight ship with hand picked juniors of extremely high calibre – there are no weak links in the chain. A consistently high standard provided whether for an individual or an organisation.’

‘Emma Kislingbury was helpful and friendly.’

‘Dorothy Flower is the very experienced and respected partner in charge and has a solid team working with her.’

‘Sian Morgan has a wealth of knowledge, is pragmatic and considers all angles. Emma Kislingbury is extremely experienced and hard working.’

Key clients

Spire Healthcare plc

Royal Sun Alliance

QBE

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

AXIS

Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability

MYA Cosmetic Surgery Ltd

Chubb

Corvelia

Enstar

Renaissance Re

CNA Hardy

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

RPC's commercial disputes team counts insurance, technology, media, financial services and retail among its sector specialisms. The 'very experienced and superbly equipped' Geraldine Elliott leads the team and has particular expertise handling warranty claims, shareholder and joint venture disputes and asset and financial recovery matters. Other key contacts include Simon Hart (who is experienced in disputes involving restructuring and asset tracing); the 'genuinely outstanding' Davina Given and Rupert Boswall, who both have broad commercial litigaiton practices; financial services disputes expert Parham Kouchikali and Daniel Wyatt, who is active in civil and cyber fraud, financial services, and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Geraldine Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Simon Hart; Davina Given; Rupert Boswall; Parham Kouchikali; Tom Hibbert; Chris Ross; Andy McGregor; Daniel Hemming

Testimonials

RPC are at the forefront of the new wave of commercial litigation outfits, which combine the traditional jurisprudential excellence with the incision and savviness that is now needed to handle the huge volume of material in big cases, the ever more complex procedural rules and the demands of high profile and high net worth clients. They use the Bar adroitly, thus saving clients money and getting the best result in Court.’

Geraldine Elliot is a very experienced and superbly equipped litigation partner. Practical and very effective. Parham Kouchikali is a rising  star banking partner. Very sharp on the law and flexible in terms of finding fees solutions.’

Davina Given is a genuinely outstanding solicitor. She is extremely clever; works ferociously hard; and has a superb 360 degree vision on her cases. I would say she is the best out there at the moment for accountancy cases, just way ahead of the competition.

Tom Hibbert – true Titan in the field. A real heavyweight commercial litigation partner who has seen it all before. Worth his weight in gold in a big case. Daniel Hemming – talent and experience way beyond his years. Destined to be one of the most influential commercial litigation partners in London. Andy McGregor – class act.  Chris Ross- expert, clever and tenacious with plenty of charm to boot.

The team provides high-quality services for a competitive price.’

Key clients

Lancer Property Asset Management

Ingenious Media

Triumph Group Inc

EY

Oleg Deripaska and Filatona Trading Limited

Federal Government of Nigeria

Google Inc

Direct Line Group

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

The RPC team ‘straddles the media and technology departments, and as such is able to offer its defendant clients expertise across these related fields’. It is well versed in GDPR compliance issues, SARs, data sharing work, data breaches and international data transfers. Jon BartleyRichard Breavington and David Cran jointly head up the team.

Practice head(s):

Jon Bartley; Richard Breavington; David Cran

Testimonials

‘They have a great and deserved reputation for this work in the industry’.

‘Specialists in data protection claims with a clear strength in strategy and clear, concise language’.

‘Richard Breavington is very strong in data protection litigation matters’.

‘Clear and concise in their strategic advice and assistance’.            

‘Jon Bartley is approachable, pragmatic and very knowledgeable both with respect to data privacy and the technology sector’.          

Key clients

Facebook Inc.

MGN Limited

Board Intelligence

McArthurGlen Group

Bloomberg LP

Hachette UK Limited

MGN Limited

Frasers Group

Employers Tier 3

Marrying ‘the proven ability to litigate with equal adeptness in the employment tribunal and the High Court, with the guts to take difficult cases to the Supreme Court and win’, complex litigation forms the bedrock of the RPC employment group. Many cases are overseen by practice lead Patrick Brodie, ‘an unsung hero of the employment law world’ who commands a reputation nationally for his record in Supreme Court cases, namely in restrictive covenants, diplomatic immunity and unfair dismissal right disputes. Elsewhere in the group, the ‘outstandingKelly Thomson, who was promoted to partner in May 2020, focuses on diversity, inclusion and equality work. The group is also adept at handling large restructurings and outsourcings.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Brodie

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Thomson

Testimonials

They marry the proven ability to litigate with equal adeptness in the employment tribunal and the High Court, with the guts to take difficult cases to the Supreme Court and win.’

Patrick Brodie is, quite simply, an unsung hero of the employment law world. I  do not think that there is anybody better than Patrick. He hides his extraordinary intelligence behind a jovial exterior, but when it comes to getting the job done there is nobody better.’

Very satisfied by the support provided by RPC. Have provided effective written responses to support local communications on volatile situations.’

Kelly Thomson is a very capable, highly professional and responsive individual. Provides timely and clear strategies to employment issues raised.

This team is excellent for innovative thinking and solutions.’

Kelly Thompson is outstanding – her very thorough understanding of the law, combined with empathy and pragmatism, give me complete confidence in her advice and guidance.’

RPC has a great employment team that has substantial expertise in working for both employers and individual employees. I really rate their abilities – both in terms of their knowledge and their practical skill.’

They are excellent lawyers, skilled tacticians, always on top of their cases at a macro and micro-level and charming to their clients and counsel.’

Key clients

ArcelorMittal Group

Virgin Media

Frasers Group, including House of Fraser, Sports Direct etc

NCP

Coca Cola European Partners

Royal and Sun Alliance

Associated Newspapers (Daily Mail etc)

Egon Zehnder

Essity (a Swedish headquartered global consumer goods company)

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

RPC's practice draws on the expertise of contentious and non-contentious financial services specialists, as well as being able to draw on the firm's other departments including tax. Areas of particular expertise include privilege issues and defined benefit pension transfer disputes, as well as insurance sector cases. The group is co-led by Jonathan Cary, who has experience in enforcement actions by English and Hong Kong regulators, and regulatory investigations expert Parham Kouchikali. Davina Given is noted for her expertise in financial criminal investigations, involving issues such as money laundering, bribery and sanctions. Senior associate Lucy Kerr is building a reputation for defending financial services firms and senior managers in FCA enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Cary; Parham Kouchikali

Other key lawyers:

Davina Given; Sam Tate; Lucy Kerr

Testimonials

It is an impressive operation, calling on other areas of the firms’ expertise as and when necessary (e.g. contentious tax). A very efficiently run operation (small teams but focused and well managed) and the individuals displayed excellent judgement in some tricky situations.’

Jonathan Cary is an impressive individual, with very sound judgement. He was very good at handling what can a very difficult and extremely demanding client, including giving them the advice they need (even if they don’t want it); he manages to tread the line of ensuring the client knows that as their lawyer he is entirely on their side, but also the objectivity to give them unvarnished advice. He is a clear thinker, calm and collected.’

Lucy Kerr is a stand-out associate; very clever, produces good drafting and very efficient. Also exhibits the much needed client-handling skills for difficult clients. I expect she will have a very successful career ahead of her.’

Collaborative attitude, in depth subject knowledge, concern for the client situation and very reasonable billing.’

Knowledgeable and approachable, valued advice.’

RPC is renowned for its brilliant client care coupled with sound legal judgment. I would say that the firm is better than most and the equal of any in that sector.’

Key clients

Frasers Group Plc (formerly Sports Direct International Plc)

Gaming and betting Tier 3

RPC's 'excellent' betting and gaming team has particular strength in the sports and esports space, advising an impressive client base of sports betting brands, social media platforms and sports data content providers on a wide range of regulatory, commercial, IP, data and disputes matters. Jeremy Drew, who heads up the firm's gaming and betting group, is particularly active in contentious matters, but advises on a variety of licensing, sponsorship and sports data issues. He receives strong support from senior associate Joshua Charalambous, who has considerable expertise in inter-connected sports, betting and video gaming matters. Other key contacts include commercial contracts and technology licensing specialist Paul Joukador.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Drew; Josh Charalambous

Other key lawyers:

Paul Joukadour; Oliver Bray; Paul Joseph

Testimonials

‘The gaming team at RPC are excellent, with a solid client focus and sector-specialist knowledge.’

‘They know when to take the initiative and demonstrated good positive team spirit even in the midst of heavy and stressful litigation when others would have suffered a sense of humour failure.’

Key clients

Flutter Entertainment (owner of PaddyPower Betfair)

LeoVegas

BetConstruct

VBet

FeedConstruct

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 3

Retained by a continually expanding roster of well-known brands in media, retail, fashion, technology and sports, RPC regularly acts on headline contentious IP instructions. Jeremy Drew, David Cran and Ben Mark have recently been working on a high volume of trade mark and copyright infringement actions before the High Court. Litigator Ciara Cullen has a focus on the food and drink industry, and is also defending design rights infringement proceedings in the IPEC on behalf of a well-known swimwear brand.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Drew; David Cran

Other key lawyers:

Ben Mark; Ciara Cullen

Testimonials

Ben Mark is super-responsive; he has extensive knowledge with respect to IP matters; and he is very pragmatic. I think his greatest strength is his ability to understand the business needs of our mutual clients. He also is very bright and strategic with a focus on long-term goals.

Ben Mark – excellent. Responsive, efficient and consistently provides sound advice and decisive opinions.

Ciara Cullen – Outstanding service levels and very client-friendly. Clear and concise vision of all the issues.

Jeremy Drew is always very responsive, goes to the point and has a very practical view to solving legal issues.

Stand-out partners: Ciara Cullen and Ben Mark are both excellent. Ciara is very commercial and pragmatic and a skilled strategist. Ben is technically sound and very knowledgeable.

David Cran is brilliant.

Ciara Cullen and her team, from the very start of the process, were professional, approachable, friendly and quite clearly expert litigators. The sheer wealth of experience they have between them reassured us and we very quickly had every confidence that they were working in our best interests and would prove to be formidable adversaries for their counterparts at our competitor.

We had 100% confidence in the advice that we were given and never once thought twice about following it.

Key clients

Associated Newspapers Limited

Sports Direct

Google LLC

Pernod Ricard

Brand Max

Emily Ratajkowski & Inamorata Swim

BetConstruct

Frasers Group / GAME Retail

Kout Food Group

Training Qualifications UK Limited

Partnership Tier 3

Active across the contentious and non-contentious spheres, RPC advises international professional services firms on LLP structuring and transactional matters, as well as subsequent terminations and reorganisations. Patrick Brodie leads the practice, while Geraldine Elliott brings further contentious expertise to the team, acting on breach of covenant disputes, discrimination claims and dissolutions. Legal director Graham Reid is singled out as the go-to regulatory expert for clients in the legal services sector facing SRA investigations.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Brodie

Other key lawyers:

Geraldine Elliot; Graham Reid

Testimonials

High-calibre partners and associates within a cost-effective firm.

Key clients

Egon Zehnder

Thomas Miller

Personal injury: defendant Tier 3

At RPC, 'totally unflappable' practice head Gavin Reese's expertise in general and product liability, as well as health and safety investigations, illustrates the firm's commitment to offering an expert service at the intersection of these issues. Reese takes on a broad range of claims, focusing particularly on stress, catastrophic injury and chronic pain matters. Another key member of the team is legal director Mamata Dutta, who is regularly instructed to act on high-value and complex personal injury cases; she has particular expertise in issues relating to psychiatric injury and somatoform disorders.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Reese

Other key lawyers:

Mamata Dutta

Testimonials

‘Excellent client base of public and employers’ liability insurers.’

‘RPC’s insurance team stands out for its attention to detail and its pragmatic approach to the litigation process. Their cases are excellently researched and prepared. They never lose sight of the commercial view, making early offers of settlement where appropriate in order to protect their clients’ positions.’

‘There is a relatively small team but they are all absolutely first rate.’

‘Gavin Reese is totally unflappable – a seasoned pro.’

Key clients

Faraday

AXA XL

Hiscox

Sport Tier 3

RPC fields an ‘excellent team headed by the talented and charming' Jeremy Drew; his work includes disputes, licensing and sponsorship deals, gaming and epsorts, regulatory and sports retail matters, principally due to his longstanding representation of Sports Direct. The wider team is also adept in sports data and content matters, including contentious issues, and is also engaged on branding, IP and tax-related mandates. The ‘brilliantJosh Charalambous serves as associate lead for the group and has already carved out a track record in prominent disputes including claims relating to football kit supply, sport database rights and football transfers.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Drew

Other key lawyers:

Josh Charalambous; Oliver Bray; Adam Craggs; Michelle Sloane; David Cran

Testimonials

‘The team is efficient and shows excellent judgement. They are very good at managing long-running, complex litigation and anticipating how decisions may affect the position months or years later.’

‘Their uniqueness was the understanding of the client – a professional sportsperson – and the way in which they tailored how they went about dealing with him in a very personal way’

‘Josh Charalambous was brilliant. Personable in a sphere where that is not a standout – he showed real understanding of the player and what he did which brought about an immediate connection.’

‘Josh Charalambous has ability beyond his years and is a very safe pair of hands to take responsibility for the detail.’

‘David Cran is the complete package, easy to work with, responsive, authoritative and completely reliable. Josh Charalambous is a standout at the junior level who has everything you want in a litigation lawyer.’

‘An excellent team headed by the talented and charming Jeremy Drew who offers important strategic insight.’

‘Josh Charalambous has excellent judgement, both commercially and as to what will matter in court.’

Key clients

Sport England

Simon Kerrod (Harlequins FC)

Newcastle United Football Club

Facebook

Sports Direct

BetConstruct

Andy Carroll (former Newcastle United FC footballer)

Dreams

Mike Ashley

England Lacrosse

GAME Retail

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

RPC's team is noted for its ‘commercial-led approach’ in matters such as the establishment of company headquarters, office relocations, sale and leasebacks, portfolio management and the full array of landlord and tenant matters. Practice head Elizabeth Alibhai, who is ‘exceptionally knowledgeable of property matters’, excels in transactions involving offices, as well as healthcare, hotel and logistics sites. The retail sector is another area of strength for the firm.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Alibhai

Other key lawyers:

Karen Hendy; Sukh Ahark

Testimonials

‘Great teamwork and negotiation skills in a very complex situation.’

‘Elizabeth Alibhai provides excellent knowledge of property issues and managed the case with an excellent outcome.’

‘In our experience, RPC’s real estate team genuinely cares about gaining an understanding of its clients’ business so that it can provide an appropriate, tailored level of service.  There is a real desire to collaborate and add value.  The new billing portal makes it very easy to monitor and agree progress charges against each instruction.’

‘I appreciate the balance in the team between both corporate and property specialists, and that both types take a commercially led approach to the job in hand.  The team as a whole is made up of pleasant and easy to deal with individuals.’

‘Elizabeth Alibhai manages an effective and highly disciplined team that consistently keeps on top of considerable detail.’

Key clients

St Modwen

Essity

Kout Food Group

Lifeways Group

Adderstone Group

Zebra/Flying Tiger

Spinnaker Capital

Frasers Group

Triumph Group

SCA Group

Lockguard Limited

Triumph Group

NASUWT

AVIVA

Hasib Holdings

NCP

Competition litigation Tier 4

RPC's group operates on a cross-practice basis and assists clients with a range of follow-on claims, regulatory challenges and abuse of dominance proceedings. The team received a number of significant new instructions in 2020, most notably from Google, which it is assisting with defending a claim brought by Epic Games. Lambros Kilaniotis leads the competition team, advising on both contentious and non-contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Lambros Kilaniotis

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Percy; Chris Ross; Melanie Musgrave

Testimonials

RPC are able to field an excellent team for competition litigation. They are able to combine well their competition expertise and general disputes expertise to great effect.’

Lambros Kilianotis is an excellent competition litigator.’

Key clients

Frasers Group plc

LINPAC

Google

LINK Scheme

NHS Scotland & DHSSPS and RHSCB in Northern Ireland

Telefonica UK

Soft Construct (Malta)

Construction: contentious Tier 4

Offering 'particular expertise in insured matters', RPC acts for both insurers and insureds, and is also well regarded for representing international contractors in high-value domestic cases. It has been heavily involved in matters relating to the Grenfell Tower inquiry, acting most frequently for architects. Alan Stone and Ben Goodier lead the practice, providing broad dispute resolution experience. The recently promoted Tom Green is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alan Stone; Ben Goodier

Other key lawyers:

Tom Green

Testimonials

‘A very strong construction practice led by Alan Stone and Tom Green, with particular expertise in insured matters and taking joint instructions from insureds and insurers.’

‘Tom Green and Alan Stone are excellent. Both are very incisive and detail focused, and have participated in some very high-profile industry cases.’

‘RPC is a high-quality contentious construction practice. Their advice is always timely, accurate and extremely good value.’

‘Alan Stone is extremely astute and a fierce negotiator.’

Key clients

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

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

RPC is particularly recommended for life sciences product liability work, especially relating to medical devices, and advises on regulatory matters including clinical trials, marketing approval and product recall requirements. Team lead Dorothy Flower has experience defending liability claims, acting for manufacturers and suppliers; she also has a strong track record of handling disputes arising from clinical trials.

Practice head(s):

Dorothy Flower

Other key lawyers:

Peter Rudd-Clarke; Natalie Drew

Testimonials

‘A strength of the RPC team is the breadth of its life sciences, healthcare and biotech client base. The team can offer support for clients across all areas of contentious, non-contentious and regulatory work and excels at offering a “joined up” provision of services.’

‘Peter Rudd-Clarke is amenable and knowledgeable. He is capable of putting complex legal arguments into easy to understand English. He has the ability to interpret the clients’ requirements and compile a robust defence.’

‘Dorothy Flower has great experience in the sector and really knows her clients and their priorities. She stands out for knowledge of how the claims landscape in the sector is developing.’

‘Peter Rudd-Clarke is well versed in getting on top of the complex expert evidence that must be considered in life sciences cases. He is skilled in applying that to the legal context and is also adept at considering the insurance aspects of life sciences disputes.’

Key clients

Make Yourself Amazing (MYA)

Corin Ltd

Nagor Limited

Augment Bionics

GR Lane Health Products Limited

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

RPC's corporate and M&A team specialises in the tech, retail and insurance sectors, representing numerous blue-chip domestic and foreign players on various corporate transactions. Practice head Karen Hendy is routinely sought out by clients for assistance on takeover bids, restructurings, and private company deals. James Mee specialises in insurance matters, leading on the vast majority of the firm's broader financial services instructions. The team's public M&A and equity capital markets offering was in early 2021 bolstered with the hire of Connor Cahalane from Latham & Watkins - he is also a former partner at Mayer Brown International LLP. Nigel Collins is particularly well-regarded for deals involving Japanese companies, heading up the firm's dedicated Japan desk.

Practice head(s):

Karen Hendy

Other key lawyers:

James Mee; Connor Cahalane; Tim Anderson; Neil Brown; Peter Sugden; Nigel Collins; Chris Brierley

Testimonials

‘Karen Hendy and Emily McGregor are extremely knowledgeable in M&A field, very responsive, pleasant to work with and with a very practical and business oriented approach. They have been invaluable helping our company in acquisition activity in the UK.’

‘Peter Sugden is outstanding. He combines exceptional legal skills with a practical approach, and to top it all off, he’s a pleasure to work with.’

‘Nigel Collins has a strong affiliation to Japan, its enterprises and its culture.  He knows how to interact with Japanese clients, which requires a lot of reading-between-the-lines due to the entirely different communication culture.’

‘Chris Brierley: attentive to client needs, careful, sharp, quick and efficient, easy-going.’

‘Nigel Collins – everyone who does Japan-UK deals know him as one of the star individuals; he is surprisingly approachable and friendly, and most importantly, truly understands how Japanese company M&A works in foreign jurisdictions, especially in the UK.’

‘Neil Brown – outstanding, calm, engaging, very bright, no-nonsense, really fights for the client,  very commercial approach.’

‘Peter Sugden offers a superb level of balanced advice and service.’

‘Neil Brown combines extensive knowledge with a calm and rational approach.’

Key clients

Ernst & Young

Stella McCartney

Frasers Group (including Sports Direct, GAME Retail)

Zebra / Flying Tiger

AXA LM

Ebury

Globe-Trotter

AIG

NCP (Car Parks)

Aviva

Hanzo

HG Ventures

Azzurri Group (owner of Zizzi and ASK Italian)

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

RPC‘s London private equity practice is headed by David Wallis and James Mee and has a particular focus on the insurance industry. While insurance and financial services continues to make up a significant proportion of the group’s work, the practice has started to broaden out its offering to handle PE work in tech and retail, both of which are core sectors for the wider firm. Partners Jeremy Cunningham and Peter Sugden both work in the VC/growth capital field.

Practice head(s):

David Wallis

Other key lawyers:

James Mee; Chris Brierley; Karen Hendy

Key clients

Ebury

Shareholders of Beat Capital Partners

Mosaic Insurance Holdings Limited

JRJ Group

Mobeus Equity Partners

Food Freshness

Comhar Capital Limited

Sole Shareholder of Supreme Corporation

Azzurri Group (owner of Zizzi and ASK Italian)

The Japanese owner of Globe-Trotter

Svenska Cellulosa AB (SCA)

Professional discipline Tier 4

RPC's professional practices group generally acts for clients who are regulated (rather than the regulators), with the team particularly focused on the legal services, architectural, healthcare and accountancy sectors. Recently promoted partner Graham Reid is a legal services industry expert, while Robert Morris in Bristol provides further partner-level support.

Practice head(s):

Graham Reid; Robert Morris

Testimonials

RPC is our go-to-firm.

They are unfailingly accessible, responsive and to the point.

Thorough, detailed, and with careful legal analysis.

Graham Reid is fantastic – thorough, thoughtful and mindful of the commercial as well as the legal issues.

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

Highlighted by clients for its growing presence in this space, RPC  secured a major instruction in a high-profile SFO investigation and has continued its activity in matters involving HMRC, the NCA and the FRC. In addition to regulatory investigations, the team also provides comprehensive advice on internal investigations, large due diligence exercises and compliance counselling. The practice group is led by Sam Tate, ‘an expert in the field’ who is highly regarded by clients. Clients include domestic and multinational corporates from a range of industries.

Practice head(s):

Sam Tate

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Cary; Davina Given

Testimonials

Their team is professional and client-oriented. They are trying to place the best talents into the project which makes good result.

The entire team are excellent. The practical examples and experience of the entire team make their advice, suggestions and contributions extremely valuable. There is a great breadth of knowledge in terms of their specialisms in financial crime, but also from the various sectors team members have worked in, as well as different jurisdictions which brings a great dimension to their work.

They behaved as an extension to our team and worked seamlessly with our business on a large global project, working with different personnel from different backgrounds, for whom english is not their first language and for who the subject matter of the project was often quite alien and intimidating. However, the whole project progressed smoothly and on time, with a fantastic end product for the group.

Sam Tate is clearly an expert in his field and instils you instantly with confidence. Even though I know he must be extremely busy and on more complex and urgent matters than ours, he always found time for us, and made us feel like he was in it with us, and was invested in the project and the right outcome for us as a client.

Sam Tate provides insightful and pragmatic solutions and advice.

This firm appears to be growing in strength in the corporate crime field. I have worked with them on one big case, and been really impressed by their dedication to the client, their practicality and their realism. They are very client focused.

RPC has grown over the last few years in stature and client-base. They are now known for excellence in conducting complex investigations and financial crime prevention programmes across the globe. As well as global investigations and helping corporates comply with our laws, wherever they are based, they are currently involved in a significant SFO investigation.

Key clients

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

The Financial Times Limited

InterContinental Hotels Group plc

Compass Group

Warner Music

Bonhams

Santander

Oleg Deripaska / Filatona Trading Limited

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

RPC's financial services regulatory team is most known for its expertise in the insurance sector, but it also has a thriving payments and consumer credit practice. The group is led by Matthew Griffith, an expert in both insurance sector and financial services-related regulation. Griffith is supported by senior associates Whitney Simpson and Jonathan Charwat, who specialise in payment services and consumer credit, and insurance regulation respectively.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Griffith

Other key lawyers:

Whitney Simpson; Jonathan Charwat

Testimonials

The team is always approachable and makes itself available. They take a brief and have a good understanding of our business so can deliver to that brief in a way that will suit the way we operate. ‘

Whitney Simpson and Jonathan Charwat are both great individuals to work with, dedicated and focused on the deliverables. They making talking about difficult and technical subjects easier.’

The RPC team offers insightful advice on insurance regulatory issues, and really understands how our company works. Webinars on a very interesting range of topics (including Women in Insurance) are very interesting and attract a high calibre of speaker.

In my view what makes this practice unique is that it has a practical approach to regulatory compliance (i.e. beyond the theoretical application of legislation, statutory instruments and FCA rules and guidance). This makes this practice stand out to other firms in the area of regulatory compliance. ‘

Jonathan Charwat has spent time within our company and as a result offers tailored advice that cuts straight to the point. This saves our time and the business owners are able to have strong direct relationships in some instances. He really knows how our business works and this is reflected in the high standard of advice. ‘

Key clients

AIG

LINK Scheme

Ebury Partners

Frasers Group / SportsDirect

Direct Line Group

Hiscox Syndicates

TigerRisk Partners (UK) Ltd

TigerRisk Capital Markets & Advisory (UK) Ltd

Sompo International

QBE

Zurich

RSA Insurance Group

International arbitration Tier 5

RPC's arbitration expertise covers IP, technology, insurance and reinsurance, construction and engineering, international trade, finance, energy and transport matters. The practice also acts in claims involving Russia and the CIS region, proceedings against sovereign states, and public international law disputes. With longstanding experience, Jonathan Wood heads up the international arbitration practice, which includes commercial and investor-state arbitration expert Tatiana Minaeva, IP and technology disputes specialist David Cran, Russia expert Andy McGregor, and experienced of counsel Paul Baker.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Wood

Other key lawyers:

Tatiana Minaeva; David Cran; Andy McGregor; Paul Baker; Kirtan Prasad; Suzie Kurdi

Testimonials

A very effective international arbitration team.

RPC was very resourceful in quickly sourcing an appropriate expert in the law of foreign jurisdiction to aid our claim. This was no mean feat given the number of dead ends and conflicts of interest we encountered along the way.

RPC are more efficient in their work than a number of other firms I’ve worked with.

Their invoices represent better value for money than most.

A knowledgeable team with a strong arbitral practice led by Jonathan Wood, who is hugely experienced in international arbitration.

Jonathan Wood stands out. His judgement is very sound and his breadth of experience means that there is not much he has not seen or dealt with before.

Jonathan Wood is a seasoned veteran who has seen it all – safe hands and a shrewd operator.

Of counsel Paul Baker is a formidable worker who knows his way round his cases incredibly well.

Key clients

Filatona Trading

Octopus Consulting & Trading

London Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation

Saif Energy

Singapore Commodity Exchange

EU and competition Tier 7

The 'consummate professionals' at RPC are well-versed in issues relating to merger clearance, commercial agreements and investigations. The group's longstanding relationship with Fraser Group has yielded some high-profile work in 2021, as the firm advised on the competition aspects of the client's potential acquisition of Debenhams. Lambros Kilaniotis leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Lambros Kilaniotis

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Musgrave

Testimonials

RPC have a strong and very busy team, led by the redoubtable Lambros Kilianotis.

Lambros Kilaniotis is very good to work with, is commercially astute and is focused on achieving results for clients. Melanie Musgrave is a very good competition lawyer and good to work with.’

Lambros and Melanie are first-rate. Would positively recommend them to anyone. They are practical, pragmatic and perceptive.’

Lambros and Melanie are both highly experienced competition lawyers.’

Lambros Kilaniotis and Melanie Musgrave are excellent. They are consummate professionals. They approach matters in a very low professional and “can-do” way. Nothing is too much bother and they punch at Magic Circe level. A great team that become part of your team.’

Lambros offers genuine litigation expertise. He knows his stuff and is an excellent communicator.’

Lambros Kilianotis really stands out as an great competition litigator. He is charming, diligent and pragmatic – willing to go the extra mile for his clients and really fight their corner.

Key clients

Frasers Group plc

LINPAC (now part of Klöckner Pentaplast)

LINK Scheme

NHS Scotland & DHSSPS and RHSCB in Northern Ireland

RSA (Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance plc)

Telefonica UK

Zurich plc

Pizza Express

Ernst & Young LLP

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

Co-headed by Finella Fogarty  and Paul Bagon, RPC's 'approachable' three-partner team 'benefits from deep subject matter knowledge', including in core areas of focus for the firm as a whole such as insurance, as well as across other sectors, from both a formal insolvency and restructuring perspective. As well as handling a considerable volume of domestic mid-market work, the firm is also increasingly active handling cross-border contentious mandates - including as they relate to enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Finella Fogarty; Paul Bagon

Other key lawyers:

Tim Moynihan; Danielle Bennett

Testimonials

The team is very knowledgeable on insurance matters.’

‘They are approachable and benefit from deep subject knowledge.’

Collaborative attitude, concern for the client situation, good grasp of the case and reasonable billing.’

Paul Bagon is an absolute joy to work with.’

Tim Moynihan is commercially-minded.’

Key clients

FRP Advisory

Dr Vijay Mallya

Ernst & Young

Amigo Loans

Kroll

Frasers Group

Professional negligence Tier 1

RPC's Bristol-based professional negligence team focuses on acting for insurers and insured professionals. The group has 'a vast amount of experience' across professions, with a solid offering for solicitors, accountants, and financial and pensions professionals, as well as construction industry clients. Regulatory and disciplinary work is another key area for the group, which is regularly instructed in investigations by professional bodies. It also advises on coverage issues. The 'entirely switched onRhian Howell specialises in claims against lawyers, particularly in fraud and dishonesty cases. Will Sefton represents solicitors, in addition to directors facing claims from liquidators and administrators, and those involved in unfair prejudice proceedings. In 2020, the group was bolstered by the 'excellent addition' of Scott Ashby from Beale & Co, who provides additional expertise in solicitors' and conveyancers' negligence claims, as well as experience in coverage issues. Rachael Healey is praised for her 'ability to quickly interpret a problem, see how it may unfold and explain in clear language the legal process and options to a lay person'. The team sits within the insurance department led by Simon Laird.

Practice head(s):

Simon Laird

Other key lawyers:

Rhian Howell; Will Sefton; Robert Morris; Scott Ashby; Rachael Healey; Simran Khanna

Testimonials

‘RPC’s Bristol team has great knowledge of regulated financial services, including pension transfer matters. Their insight has, quite literally, saved our company millions of pounds.’

‘Rachael Healey has the ability to quickly interpret a problem, see how it may unfold and explain in clear language the legal process and options to a lay person, and is a strong lead to her team. ’

‘They have a vast amount of experience across the board. They have lawyers suitable to all types of claims and professions and provide an excellent service.’

‘Scott Ashby has been an excellent addition to the team in Bristol and has led to an increased instruction on my part for solicitors’ negligence claims. He is always there to assist and nothing is too much trouble – his advice is commercial and cuts through to the key issues in a way which is easy to understand and also cost effective.’

Rachael Healey has been an absolute force in terms of us managing a large volume of claims which require some careful thought on strategy across the board rather than on an individual basis. She really is a fantastic partner to work with.’

‘Strength in depth and competitive pricing on all aspects of UK professional indemnity insurance. Credible regional D&O presence too. If you have a book/career-breaking claim and need lawyers who will throw themselves under a train for you then this is the team to pick. Its UK offering, despite being large, feels increasingly like a boutique firm delivering a white-glove, best-in-class service.’

‘Rhian Howell is formidable and entirely switched on. Listens to feedback carefully and delivers exactly what the client wants.

Health and safety Tier 3

Internationally renowned for its insurance expertise, RPC's health and safety team offers its clients support across multiple high profile matters. It has significant experience dealing with cases involving fatalities, including corporate manslaughter and gross negligence, and provides regulatory support. Gavin Reese leads the liability team, splitting time between Bristol and London, while senior associate Fiona Hahlo manages the Bristol0based team.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Reese; Fiona Hahlo

Testimonials

‘The level of expertise in this field is exceptional, coupled with very high levels of attention to detail and first rate client care.’

‘Fiona Hahlo is a delight to work with and for. Knowledgable and passionate about her clients and work.’

‘A very strong team, particularly adept at the mastery of complicated expert evidence and the defence of prosecutions arising from catastrophic injury and fatal accidents. Clients also value the strong personal support and practical advice on crisis management and minimising reputational damage.’

‘Fiona Hahlo is a superb lawyer with an astonishing attention to detail in complicated cases, combined with wonderful client skills which means that she is able to establish a winning rapport from everyone from the managing director of a large multinational corporation to the most nervous, junior employee.’

Key clients

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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sukh Ahark  photo Sukh Ahark Sukh heads RPC’s banking and finance team and handles a wide variety…
 Elizabeth Alibhai  photo Elizabeth Alibhai Partner and head of Real Estate. Elizabeth advises a wide variety of clients including…
 Mike Allan  photo Mike Allan Partner. Mike Allan acts for property and casualty insurers, advising on coverage…
 Alexandra Anderson  photo Alexandra Anderson Alexandra is an insurance lawyer with particular expertise in both construction and…
 Tim Anderson  photo Tim Anderson Corporate Partner: M&A in media; technology and retail sectors; corporate governance. Cases…
 Paul Bagon  photo Paul Bagon Paul is a restructuring and insolvency partner and has extensive experience advising…
 Paul Baker  photo Paul Baker Legal Counsel. Paul advises London and overseas insurers in the political risk…
 Jon Bartley  photo Jon Bartley Partner Jon Bartley specialises in digital technology and e-commerce, data protection, cybersecurity…
 Will Beck  photo Will Beck Will is an Of Counsel in the Restructuring and Insolvency team at…
 Nick Bird  photo Nick Bird Professional liability defence litigation. Acts for magic circle and leading firms in…
 Rupert Boswall  photo Rupert Boswall Partner; commercial litigation and arbitration; corporate and regulatory investigations.
 Oliver Bray  photo Oliver Bray Senior Partner. Oliver is a highly experienced commercial, IP and technology lawyer…
 Richard Breavington  photo Richard Breavington Partner. Richard is a highly experienced insurance and reinsurance lawyer who has…
 Chris Brierley  photo Chris Brierley Legal director. Chris is an experienced lawyer, advising clients on private M&A,…
 Patrick Brodie  photo Patrick Brodie Head of RPC’s Employment, Pensions and Incentives practice, Patrick Brodie is often…
 Neil Brown  photo Neil Brown Partner. Neil is an experienced corporate lawyer, advising on M&A, joint ventures…
 Tim Brown  photo Tim Brown Partner with specialism in commercial contract disputes and arbitration. Tim has recognised…
 Charles Buckworth  photo Charles Buckworth Partner. Charles is an experienced non-contentious technology and outsourcing lawyer within the…
 Tim Bull  photo Tim Bull Tim is a partner in the Professional and Financial Risks team of…
 Connor Cahalane photo Connor Cahalane Connor is a partner who advises listed and pre-IPO companies on M&A,…
 Jonathan Cary  photo Jonathan Cary Jonathan is a Partner specialising in banking and financial markets disputes and…
 Alison Clarke  photo Alison Clarke Alison is a Legal Director who specialises in Insurance (Directors & Officers, Professional…
 Marlon Cohen photo Marlon Cohen Senior Associate. Marlon is an experienced transactional lawyer specialising in complex commercial…
 Nigel Collins  photo Nigel Collins Partner, Head of Japan Desk. Nigel is a senior corporate lawyer with extensive…
 Edward Colville  photo Edward Colville Ed is a Legal Director in the RPC corporate team, specialising in…
 Rupert Cowper-Coles  photo Rupert Cowper-Coles Partner in the media team, specialising in media litigation, most often in the…
 Adam Craggs  photo Adam Craggs Adam is a partner and head of RPC’s tax disputes group. He…
 David Cran  photo David Cran Partner in the Technology, IP and commercial group. David specialises in technology,…
 Mark Crichard  photo Mark Crichard Partner and lead technology lawyer within the IP, technology and outsourcing group.…
 Ciara Cullen  photo Ciara Cullen Partner. An IP and technology litigation specialist, Ciara is dual qualified in…
 Jeremy Cunningham  photo Jeremy Cunningham Partner Jeremy Cunningham is a corporate transactional lawyer focused on delivering commercial…
 Georgia Davis  photo Georgia Davis Georgia is a Legal Director in RPC’s IP & Technology group and…
 Jeremy Drew  photo Jeremy Drew Partner and Head of RPC’s IP and Technology Group and the Retail…
 Mamata Dutta  photo Mamata Dutta Mamata is a Legal Director specialising in defending health and safety investigations…
 Lucy Dyson photo Lucy Dyson Lucy Dyson is a partner and insurance and reinsurance lawyer who specialises…
 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.
 Dorothy Flower  photo Dorothy Flower Partner specialising in clinical negligence claims, health law advice and representation, and…
 Finella Fogarty  photo Finella Fogarty Partner. Finella specialises in advising banks, insolvency practitioners, funds, corporates and all…
 Davina Given  photo Davina Given Davina advises corporates, financial institutions and individuals on a range of complex…
 Ben Gold  photo Ben Gold Partner specialising in directors’ and officers’ liability and financial institutions and professional…
 Simon Goldring  photo Simon Goldring Advises London market insurers on all issues arising out of claims against…
 Tom Green photo Tom Green Partner. Tom typically defends construction professionals, with a particular emphasis on architects,…
 Matthew Griffith  photo Matthew Griffith Partner. With a wealth of experience gained over more than 20 years, Matthew…
 Jake Hardy  photo Jake Hardy Partner. Experienced banking and financial services litigator, with a particular focus on…
 Simon Hart  photo Simon Hart Simon is a litigation partner and Head of Financial Disputes. He specialises…
 Daniel Hemming  photo Daniel Hemming Daniel is a litigation partner with a particular focus on banking and…
 Karen Hendy  photo Karen Hendy Partner and Head of Corporate, Karen’s practice spans international and domestic transactions…
 Charlotte Henschen photo Charlotte Henschen Charlotte is a Senior Associate in RPC’s Commercial and Banking Litigation Group.…
 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…
 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,…
 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…
 Tom Purton photo Tom Purton Partner Tom Purton combines over 25 years of experience, business acumen and…
 Gavin Reese  photo Gavin Reese Gavin has been advising insurers and corporates for over 30 years. He…
 Graham Reid  photo Graham Reid Partner who specialises in all aspects of legal services, lawyers and law…
 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 Partner specialising in defending claims against leading law firms and other professionals in…
 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
Terralex Network

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.