RPC > Bristol, England > Firm Profile

RPC
TEMPLE CIRCUS
TEMPLE WAY
BRISTOL
BS1 6LW
England

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

RPC‘s sizeable professional negligence practice offers wide-ranging expertise in this space, acting for professionals in the legal, financial services and construction sectors as well as for insurance brokers. The team is also adept at handling directors and officers claims. The practice counts many of the most prominent PI insurers in the market amongst its clients, and also receives direct instructions from professional firms. Rhian Howell leads the Bristol office and has many years of experience acting in the defence of barristers and solicitors. Will Sefton is also active in representing legal professionals and also handles prominent cases involving directors, and Ben Goodier leads much of the team’s work in the construction industry. Rachael Healey and Robert Morris are the key names to note in cases related to financial services, with Healey particularly focused on the pensions industry. David Allison and Kirstie Pike were promoted to the partnership in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Simon Laird; Rhian Howell

Testimonials

‘Huge breadth of experience for construction industry insured clients. The construction team is unrivalled in Bristol for size and experience. Their financial services insurance team is the best in the business.’

‘The Bristol team is exceptionally cohesive and mutually supportive. They understand how each other work and have a facility to provide the best person for the job in hand.I can think of no comparable team which works better.’

‘Rob Morris is a very strong professional indemnity partner, with a great team. He engages fully with matters, and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Ben Goodier is a delight to work with- down to earth and approachable, he has a unique approach to claims due to his ability to read people. He has secured some excellent results, always having commercial resolutions in mind.’

‘Kirstie Pike has seen it all before and is never phased.’

‘Rachael Healey is simply tremendous. She is incredibly hard working and seriously bright. She comes on board, immediately is on top of the claim having a good grasp of all issues, with ideas no one else has considered and all delivered in her down to earth style.’

‘David Allinson was a great promotion – very user friendly and approachable, hardworking and strong on his legal advice and analysis.’

‘Will Sefton and Claire Revell led an extremely capable team. Will and Claire’s calm and knowledgeable approach was excellent. They model best practice for the extended team and it was evident that junior members were well supported and supervised.’

Work highlights

    Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 1

    For the ‘responsive and supportive’ team at RPC, ‘no task is too big or small’ thanks to the ‘hugely commercial’ practice, which is ‘tuned in to what in-house lawyers need’. Under the leadership of the ‘extremely professionalTom Purton, who ‘makes the taxing rigour of legal contracts more bearable’, the standalone commercial group excels in the firm’s key sectors spanning the technology and media, retail and insurance industries; key clients include Google, Meta and House of Fraser. Former group head Oliver Bray, now senior partner at the firm, is still highly active in the department across a range of sectors, Paul Joukador and Mark Crichard handle outsourcing and technology mandates, Ciara Cullan is active in the luxury goods sector, and Charles Buckworth leads the fintech practice. Sourcing specialist Tania Williams joined the team in mid-2022 from Deloitte Legal.

    Practice head(s):

    Tom Purton

    Testimonials

    ‘The team has supported our organisation for a number of years. It knows our organisation and the environment in which we operate extremely well. This knowledge together with their own specialist knowledge and skills makes for a formidable team which has helped us successfully deliver a number of complex solutions.’

    ‘Charles Buckworth and the team understand our business and the environment in which we operate extremely well. They work tirelessly, often against pressing deadlines with numerous stakeholders, to help us successfully deliver solutions to complex matters.’

    ‘Tom Purton has a very able and knowledgeable team to call upon and is able to assemble the correct people to deliver on the task at hand.’

    ‘The team is very responsive and supportive.’

    ‘Simon Edwards is our organisation’s “go to” lawyer for all commercial projects and is an invaluable resource for the in house legal function and management team. He provides clear, technical advice whilst retaining a commercial approach and is always mindful of the needs of the business.’

    ‘I love this team, they’re down to earth and treat us like real people.’

    ‘Practical, helpful, no task is too big or small.’

    ‘I have worked regularly with Oliver Bray and Ciara Cullen. Both are always available and happy to taken on work at short notice even where it is not a high value assignment. They are both always ready to use their knowledge and experience of the sector to suggest builds and alternatives to the work required, adding value as well as providing sound legal advice.’

    Key clients

    Google and YouTube

    Meta, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus

    BOC Limited

    Wincanton plc

    Coca-Cola European Partners

    Shepherd Neame Limited

    LINK

    Dow Jones International Limited

    Zensar Technologies Limited

    Pernod Ricard Group

    Charlotte Tilbury

    Gist Limited

    News UK (The Times, The Sun)

    Four Marketing

    House of Fraser

    NCP (National Car Parks Limited)

    Work highlights

    • Advised Meta on a vast range of commercial agreements and projects including vendor service agreements, continuing to advise on the core agreement with the independent Oversight Board.
    • Advised Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer, on an exclusive agreement to brew and distribute Singha, the leading Thai beer, in Europe including complex profit sharing arrangements, sale and business development obligations and sponsorship deals.
    • Advising and assisting Link with numerous projects and a wide range of work including NDAs, consultancy agreements, supplier contracts and transactional work such as amendments to the Link Scheme’s contractual framework and support with its newly appointed role as “Co-Ordinating Body”.

    Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 1

    The ‘very responsive and knowledgeable team’ at RPC is able to advise on the full spectrum of retail matters. Its clients span across a multitude of sectors, with particular emphasis in the fashion and beauty arenas; clients include House of Fraser, Tommy Hilfiger Europe, Dolce & Gabbana and Charlotte Tilbury. The practice is led by both Jeremy Drew and Karen Hendy. Drew’s expertise enables a deep understanding of both contentious and non-contentious matters, including multi-jurisdictional arbitrations, while Hendy advises listed companies and their subsidiaries with particular expertise in overseeing distressed purchases and acquisitions. Ciara Cullen is singled out for her long-standing experience in the drinks industry. Internal changes include the arrival of commercial litigator Rathi Thiagamoorthy from Dentons and commercial senior associate Hettie Homewood, who previously worked in-house at ghd.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Drew; Karen Hendy

    Testimonials

    ‘The expertise, commitment and support of the RPC team has been consistent and invaluable. Their engagement has made a material difference to companies across the retail industry tackling key challenges in an innovative and accessible way.’

    ‘The team are consistently accessible, dynamic in their thinking and open to new approaches.’

    ‘Very responsive and knowledgeable team able to provide a broad range of legal services.’

    ‘Ciara Cullen provides exceptional advice, always in a timely manner and taking into consideration the commercial context.’

    ‘Excellent sector experience and knowledge – I am consistently impressed by their know how in all things retail and consumer.’

    ‘Ciara Cullen is an outstanding lawyer and very responsive. I am always very happy going to her for advice.’

    ‘Always prepared to ask the question that potentially others don’t want to thus provoking thought and debate.’

    ‘Good value, attentive and commercial, I have been delighted with the service.’

    Key clients

    Sports Direct / Frasers Group / Flannels / Studio Retail

    Owners of Globe-Trotter

    AB InBev

    Halo Group

    Azzurri Group

    Stella McCartney

    Irish Distillers / Pernod Ricard UK / Absolut Vodka / Chivas Brothers

    Shepherd Neame

    Google

    Facebook

    Daks Simpson

    Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

    Charlotte Tilbury

    Tartine et Chocolat

    Gist

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Kout Food Group in a dispute pertaining to a mix of complex commercial and IP issues across multiple jurisdictions, resulting in a win before the Supreme Court.
    • Advised McArthurGlen on commercial contracts and bespoke project work.

    Risk advisory > Corporate governance Tier 1

    RPC has a broad range of corporate governance expertise relating to board-level matters and board effectiveness reviews, remuneration policies, regulatory matters, data protection work and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. The team, which is headed up by Jeremy Drew, Patrick Brodie and Matthew Griffith, encompasses practitioners with in-house, compliance and financial regulatory experience. Drew handles contentious and non-contentious matters pertaining to governance, culture and conduct, while Brodie is recommended for the design and implementation of corporate governance programmes and initiatives, and high-profile investigations and reputation management issues. Griffith is a name to note for corporate, commercial and regulatory issues, with a focus on the insurance and financial services sectors. William Hogarth joined in September 2021 from Clyde & Co.

    Practice head(s):

    Patrick Brodie; Jeremy Drew; Matthew Griffith

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Always offer practical advice taking into account the comply or explain provisions of the corporate governance code. Excellent knowledge of listing rules and good relationship with brokers.’

    Key clients

    Fraser Group (previously Sports Direct)

    Federal Republic of Nigeria

    Dialog Semiconductor Plc

    Ceres Power Holdings Plc

    Egon Zehnder

    ArcelorMittal

    NCP

    The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

    Studio Retail Limited

    Beat Capital Partners Limited

    Flannels Limited

    England Lacrosse

    Work highlights

    • Continued to advise one of the UK’s largest high street retailers on its strategy for workforce safety and furlough, including direct correspondence with government.
    • Representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria in its claim against JP Morgan, arising out of the bank’s role in the fraudulent and corrupt acquisition of an oil prospecting licence by the oil majors Shell and Eni for the sum of $1.3bn.
    • Advising The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia on a Supreme Court case, which is of international importance and effect and will define the appropriate governance of diplomatic employee relationships.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

    RPC is characterized by a practice built broadly on the pillars of publishing, advertising and video games. Noteworthy are a strong contentious practice in reputation management as well as a focus on advising organizers of eSports events. Co-head Oliver Bray is a specialist in advertising law and a go-to counsel for large, platform-based tech companies such as Google and Meta. Bray`s fellow co-head Keith Mathieson regularly acts for large publishers; for example, he has been representing The Financial Times and Tom Burgis in a high-profile libel claim brought by ENRC. A key contact at the firm for reputation management is Rupert Cowper-Coles .

    Practice head(s):

    Keith Mathieson; Oliver Bray

    Other key lawyers:

    Rupert Cowper-Coles; Ciara Cullen; Hettie Homewood

    Testimonials

    ‘RPC’s media team has strength in depth. They are experienced in all aspects of media and press law. The team provides an out-of-hours advice service for us during evenings and weekends. They are very well integrated with our publication processes and requirements.’

    ‘Stand-out partners are Keith Mathieson – surely now the most experienced media defence litigator in the UK – and new partner Alex Wilson, who is very quick, knowledgeable and practical in the advice he gives. Other likeable partners are Rupert Cowper-Coles (particularly good on data protection issues) and Alex Vakil, who is great at managing heavyweight litigation.’

    Key clients

    Google and YouTube

    Meta, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus

    Jet2 Holidays

    Game Insight

    Bloomberg LP

    MGN Limited

    Shiseido

    Paddy Power Betfair

    Associated Newspapers Limited

    Times Newspapers Limited

    Channel 4

    True Vision Productions Ltd

    JUUL

    Hachette UK Limited

    Techtonic Industries (Vax and Milwaukee)

    AB InBev

    Work highlights

    • Acting for MGN Limited in civil claims brought against it and its publications relating to voicemail interception and other unlawful information gathering.
    • Acting for Meta on its global advertising and marketing initiatives.
    • Advising OliveX in relation to the development and exploitation of its ‘fitness metaverse’.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 1

    Described by clients as the ‘leading defendant media litigation practice in London', RPC's reputation management team includes specialists in defamation, privacy, and editorial advisory services. The firm acts for clients across all media sectors, from national newspapers to online influencers, as well as all of the primary media liability insurers. Practice head Keith Mathieson is notable for his extensive expertise advising publications on media content, and his focus on defending the freedom of expression in media. 'An asset to any case', Rupert Cowper-Coles regularly handles complex data disputes stemming from online publications alongside Alex Vakil who manages the Mirror Newspapers hacking litigation. Recently promoted partner Alex Wilson assists with both pre-publication injunctions and post-publication issues, working with a range of media publishers including major national and local newspapers.

    Practice head(s):

    Keith Mathieson

    Other key lawyers:

    Rupert Cowper-Coles; Alex Wilson; Alex Vakil; Samantha Thompson

    Testimonials

    ‘The stand-out firm in the sector for defendant publishers facing reputation management/privacy claims. Unparalleled experience in the field and with a breadth and depth of knowledge across the team which cannot be beaten and which allows them to handle any type or size of media case with conviction.’

    ‘Keith Mathieson is a doyen in the field and remains the leading defendant-focused lawyer in the sector.’

    ‘RPC’s media team is second-to-none and hugely popular. The team offers a comprehensive service and can be relied upon to provide fast and reliable advice on all manner of media-related disputes. RPC’s media team has worked on some of the most complex and high-profile media law cases in recent years, and enjoys a well-deserved reputation for being a leader in this field.’

    Rupert Cowper-Coles is an asset to any case. He is very hard-working, gets on top of the detail, and is brilliant with clients. Alex Wilson highly deserves his recent promotion to the partnership. He has an impressive practice and good judgement.’

    ‘Excellent individuals at all levels. Hard-working and harmonious team who clearly enjoy working together. Very professional service in terms of billing and technology.’

    ‘Samantha Thompson is a very good associate; diligent and perceptive and a pleasure to work with.’

    ‘Highly experienced in the area, with a can-do approach. We are always comfortable entrusting high value and large scale litigation to their effective and capable team.’

    ‘Leading defendant media litigation practice in London.’

    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)

    Carole Cadwalladr

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Associated Newspapers Limited, the publisher of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline (amongst other titles), in the litigation brought by the Duchess of Sussex following publication of extracts of a letter she wrote her father shortly after her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.
    • Represented Bloomberg LP in respect of its appeal to the UK Supreme Court in Bloomberg LP v ZXC confirming the law in respect of privacy rights in investigations conducted by the state.
    • Acting for MGN Limited in the high-profile civil claims brought against it and its publications (Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People) relating to voicemail interception and other unlawful information gathering.

    Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

    RPC is highly regardedfor its insurance expertise, advising on liability and professional indemnity policies. The team also regularly advises on fatalities involving gross negligence and corporate manslaughter. Gavin Reese and Fiona Hahlo lead the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Gavin Reese; Fiona Hahlo

    Testimonials

    ‘Highly specialist, sensitive, and appreciative practitioners, who are a delight and privilege to work for.’

    ‘RPC provide a first rate service for insurance clients. The team combines legal excellence with a commercial approach to both litigation and costs. They combine a warm and collegiate approach to client care and they add real value to every case in which they are instructed.’

    ‘Fiona Hahlo is a outstanding lawyer. She exudes confidence and charm even in the most highly pressurised situation. Her outstanding attention to detail and impeccable judgment makes her the go-to-lawyer for any health and safety prosecution.’

    Key clients

    AXA XL

    Work highlights

    • Advised a Port on a HSE investigation concerning injuries upon a visiting contractor after he fell from the bed of a trailer he was netting.
    • Represented individual director in prosecution for health and safety offences following a fatality from a wall collapse.
    • Represented specialist contractor in HSE prosecution pertaining to another contractor who suffered injuries on site from an installation falling on him.

    Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 3

    RPC is best known for advising law firms and individual lawyers. It also assists clients in the insurance and accountancy professions. Its comprehensive offering ranges from the establishment of partnerships and LLPs through to their merger or dissolution. Team head Patrick Brodie  has expertise across advisory and dispute matters while Geraldine Elliott  advises partnerships in the legal sector. Graham Reid  assists clients in a range of sectors on disputes and regulatory issues. The firm also provides specialist tax advice.

    Practice head(s):

    Patrick Brodie

    Other key lawyers:

    Geraldine Elliott; Graham Reid

    Key clients

    Egon Zehnder

    Thomas Miller

    Work highlights

    • Advising and assisting many partnerships with their Diversity, equity and inclusion advancing the recruitment, promotion and progression of equality within partnerships.

    Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

    Alongside corporates, financial institutions and states, RPC acts for numerous ultra-high-net-worth individuals in a range of civil fraud matters. Its workload includes corporate investigations and the related disputes as well as crypto-fraud matters and cross-border mandates; Tom Hibbert‘s recent work involved African and CIS jurisdictions. Dan Wyatt is considered to be ‘bright and diligent‘, and Rupert Boswall is knowledgeable in the financial, technology, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. Former practice head Andy McGregor left for Allen & Overy LLP in early 2022.

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Fearless approach to litigation and able to conduct it across multiple jurisdictions and fronts.’

    ‘Dan Wyatt – incisive, decisive and pro-active in the most complex of cases.’

    ‘This is a strong team that is very effective in big litigation including at trial, where they are very agile under tight time pressure (as trials often require). They have a great deal of expertise in the banking space and are able to put that to good use.’

    ‘RPC combine bloodhound sleuthing determination with all the skills of the litigation arena meaning that they keep on coming until their clients’ goals are achieved – they invariably get a result.’

    ‘Excellent to work with. Sensible and realistic in advice.’

    ‘Dan Wyatt is a bright and diligent partner who is destined for great things.’

    ‘Rupert Boswall has an in-depth understanding of the market and engages very well with clients.’

    ‘Chris Whitehouse is one of the best associates in any firm in this area. He is highly intelligent and extremely hard-working and sensible. He is trusted with work beyond his seniority and is always across the details.’

    Key clients

    Federal Government of Nigeria

    Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited

    Bank St Petersburg

    Loreley Financing (Jersey) No 30 Limited

    Libra Holdings Limited

    Steenbok Newco 10 SARL and Ibex Retail Investments Limited (subsidiaries of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V.)

    Work highlights

    • Representing the Federal Government of Nigeria in its claim against JP Morgan arising out of the bank’s role in transferring $875m to a company, Malabu Oil & Gas Limited, which was a vehicle pursuant to a fraudulent and corrupt scheme.
    • Acting for a Ukrainian billionaire, Frold Project Limited, Eastroad Commerce LLP and Portman Shipping UK Limited in relation to claims brought by the Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine and Bank Finance and Credit which allege the defendants had engaged in certain unlawful transactions.
    • Acting for Loreley Financing (Jersey) No 30 Limited Financing in a $100m+ claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and unlawful means conspiracy against various Credit Suisse entities in relation to a synthetic CDO which Credit Suisse structured and sold to Loreley.

    Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting Tier 3

    The gaming and betting team at RPC has a core specialism in advising interactive entertainment clients, including e-sports and online gaming platforms. Practice co-head Jeremy Drew is described as a 'great tactician, leader and strategist' - he regularly handles high-profile disputes, drawing on experience in licensing, and sports data and content matters. The team is jointly led by senior associate Josh Charalambous, who acts for B2B betting technology providers and sports betting companies. Commercial contract and licensing specialist Paul Joukador also supports the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Drew; Josh Charalambous

    Other key lawyers:

    Paul Joukadour

    Testimonials

    ‘RPC undoubtedly have considerable experience in the gaming and betting sector, a great team.’

    ‘Jeremy Drew is the doyen of the litigation department, a very experienced and down to earth team leader.’

    ‘Josh Charalambous is one to watch on the IP side.’

    ‘Strength in depth within the team; tenacious litigators who are very user-friendly and client-focussed.’

    ‘Jeremy Drew is a great tactician, leader and strategist.’

    ‘Josh Charalambous is exceptionally hard working, super bright, a pleasure to work with. Will surely make partnership soon and will do brilliantly.’

    Key clients

    Flutter Entertainment (owner of PaddyPower Betfair)

    LeoVegas

    Soft Construct

    VBet

    FeedConstruct

    Game Digital

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Soft Construct in relation to High Court proceedings brought by Genius Sports concerning live sports data.
    • Advising a leading e-sports platform provider on gambling licensing requirements for free to play watch-along prediction games for competitive gaming competitions.
    • Advising OliveX on certain development aspects of its gamified fitness metaverse combining cutting edge technologies like NFTs with real-world fitness.

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

    A diverse roster of clients - ranging from asset managers to retailers, manufacturers to funds, and high net worth individuals to tech companies - instructs the 'vibrant group of disputes practitioners' at RPC. The team's in-depth sector knowledge, international reach, and complementary non-contentious strength combine to make it 'an opponent to be feared'. 'Fantastic litigator' Tom Hibbert and 'incredibly valuable and important adviser' Geraldine Elliott sit at the head of the group. For complex fraud cases, including those with a nexus to cyber, Daniel Wyatt is singled out. Simon Hart  , whose cases frequently involve financial restructuring issues, and Davina Given  , whose specialism is art-related disputes, are also names to note.

    Practice head(s):

    Geraldine Elliott; Tom Hibbert

    Other key lawyers:

    Simon Hart; Davina Given; Rupert Boswall; Parham Kouchikali

    Testimonials

    ‘Geraldine Elliott and Simon Hart are two strong partners in a vibrant group of disputes practitioners.’

    ‘Geraldine Elliott is an excellent communicator, practical and clever. Simon Hart is a smooth and sensible lawyer, who doesn’t waste time.’

    ‘RPC works for some of the largest companies and HNWIs, and put themselves out to service even the biggest of personalities.’

    ‘Geraldine Elliott is an outstanding lawyer and adviser. Always available, despite having an extremely heavy workload. Hugely experienced. Great analysis and wisdom. An incredibly valuable and important adviser across a range of issues.’

    ‘The team at RPC are immensely impressive. The senior partners are all seasoned litigators, with excellent experience honed through years of practice. They invariably make the right judgement calls – and it is a pleasure to work alongside such a capable team. The associates are, without exception, thorough and very hands on – with excellent drafting skills for correspondence, and witness statements.’

    ‘Tom Hibbert is a fantastic litigator. He’s always on the ball – whether it’s identifying the killer point, or the issue that is most likely to trouble the Court – and comes up with innovative solutions to ensure the litigation is always conducted on the best footing.’

    ‘RPC have a number of quality litigation teams, but my recent experience is of Rupert Boswall and Davina Given in extremely high value professional negligence litigation. They bring to this area not only substantial commercial litigation expertise, but exceptional rigour in a difficult area.’

    ‘Unique combination of legal astuteness allied to genuine street fighter abilities mean that RPC is an opponent to be feared.’

    Key clients

    Lancer Property Asset Management

    Ingenious Media

    Triumph Group Inc

    EY

    Federal Government of Nigeria

    Direct Line Group

    Siam Commercial Bank

    Steinhoff International Holdings (subsidiaries)

    Work highlights

    • Represented Lancer Property Asset Management, its four directors and holding company in a £30 million dispute, at the heart of which was an allegation them  that payments were made under a dishonest scheme or as bribes.
    • Acting for Ingenious Media Holdings – a media production and finance company – and related companies and directors in High Court claims brought by a large number of investors relating to alleged losses said to arise from investments into various film production partnerships and investors’ ability to claim sideways loss tax relief.
    • Acting for subsidiaries of the furniture retailer Steinhoff International in a claim relating to accounting irregularities at the parent company that came to light in late 2017 when accountancy firm Deloitte refused to sign off Steinhoff’s audited accounts.

    Employment > Employers Tier 3

    RPC has ‘tremendous strength in depth on all employment law’, particularly in litigation and advisory mandates involving the media, technology and retail sectors. Patrick Brodie leads the busy litigious practice, where he is known for his work on restrictive covenants, restraint of trade injunctions and highly sensitive investigations. Kelly Thomson brings her transactional and advisory expertise to assist employers in the field of workforce diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Partnering with the Social Book Club, she assist with the production of children’s books teaching equality and the law (such as on gender pay gap and disability).

    Practice head(s):

    Patrick Brodie

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Extremely commercial and pragmatic. Empathy and high emotional intelligence coupled with great intellect. They get the overall context and as a result exceed expectations every time.’

    ‘The RPC team has tremendous strength in depth on all employment law issues and supplements this with great commercial acumen and a real interest in understanding the inner workings of their clients’ business.’

    ‘Patrick Brodie – he is a tour de force. Thoughtful. Highly intelligent. A dream of an Instructing Solicitor.’

    ‘Patrick Brodie is particularly known for his expertise in employment litigation with an international element.’

    ‘The team is professional to the core – courteous, responsive, knowledgeable and fun to work with.’

    ‘Kelly Thompson’s experience and knowledge of equality, diversity and inclusion work is second to none. Kelly goes beyond simply advising you on the ‘legals’ of the situation, but provides a holistic view of the practical, commercial and human considerations.’

    ‘Kelly Thomson is superb in both her legal and commercial analysis and judgement. She takes the time to understand our business objectives and to understand the motives and objectives of the individuals concerned. This leads to rounded and tailored advice.’

    ‘Having worked with the employment team at RPC over several years, there is always a sense that nothing is too much trouble; if you have a problem they will listen, explain a solution in simple terms and help you put a plan in place.’

    Key clients

    ArcelorMittal Group

    Virgin Media

    Frasers Group plc

    NCP

    Coca Cola Europacific Partners

    Royal and Sun Alliance

    Associated Newspapers (Daily Mail etc)

    Egon Zehnder

    Essity

    The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

    Pioneer FM

    BOC

    Zensar Technologies

    SportsDirect.com Retail

    Argent Provocateur

    Essity

    GIST

    Beat Capital Partners

    Studio Retail Limited

    Evans Cycles

    Link Scheme Ltd and Link Scheme Holdings Ltd

    Shepherd Neame

    Work highlights

    • Acting for the respondent, the The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, in Basfar v Wong, the first case with the permission to leapfrog directly to the Supreme Court from the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
    • The sole provider of all Employment Tribunal services to Virgin Media, ArcelorMittal and Frasers Group, covering every form of tribunal claim.
    • Worked with a major retailer to redesign its business and workforce model from concession to wholesale.

    Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 3

    Dorothy Flower leads the medical and life sciences team at RPC. The team has experience defending group action claims, as well as those with cross-jurisdictional elements. It also has a reputation for its insurance expertise. The firm advises its clients on cases involving alleged negligence in reproductive healthcare and fertility services; the clinical trial and pharmaceutical industry; the incorrect administration of medication; mental health and psychiatric injury cases; and the duty of care owed in various facilities during the Covid-19 pandemic’s height. In particular, the team has recently defended a novel case involving a paediatric patients’ data leak, as well as acting on a high profile case concerning alleged failure to diagnose a premiership footballer’s knee injury.

    Practice head(s):

    Dorothy Flower

    Other key lawyers:

    Sian Morgan; Emma Kislingbury; James Davies; Florence Page

    Testimonials

    ‘Incredibly knowledgeable team across the board.’

    ‘Sian Morgan, Emma Kislingbury, James Davies – all three are meticulous, extremely knowledgeable and provide a first-class service to their clients.’

    ‘They have an experienced team who are very knowledgeable about the law and have good understanding of medical practice. They keep us informed of any developments and give clear legal advice.’

    ‘The team are easy to talk to and discuss matters either by phone or through email. I would personally name James Davies as a standout member of the RPC team. He is reassuring, supportive and has been an excellent advocate on our behalf.’

    Key clients

    Spire Healthcare plc

    Royal Sun Alliance

    QBE

    AXIS

    Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability

    MYA Cosmetic Surgery Ltd

    Chubb

    Corvelia

    Enstar

    Renaissance Re

    CNA Hardy

    MS Amlin

    Work highlights

    • Acting for a not-for-profit social enterprise, which is commissioned by the NHS to provide urgent healthcare services, on a £700,000 claim.
    • Representing a client at inquest following a fatal injury claim.
    • Defending our client against a breach of duty of care claim concerning a medical evaluation of a premiership footballer.

    Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

    Major tech, social media and publishing companies such as Google, Meta, Twitter and Associated Newspapers turn to RPC for assistance with data privacy litigation, cybersecurity incident response and compliance matters. Jon Bartley offers ‘excellent guidance and support in respect of data protection requirements’ while data dispute litigator Rupert Cowper-Coles is recommended for subject access requests and right to be forgotten claims. Richard Breavington has extensive expertise in data breach response and David Cran is a key contact for tech disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Jon Bartley; Richard Breavington; Rupert Cowper-Coles; David Cran

    Other key lawyers:

    Alex Wilson; Keith Mathieson; Oliver Bray; Joe Lippitt (Associate)

    Testimonials

    ‘The RPC team is well versed at responding to cyber incidents. They are incredibly experienced and provide expert counsel at challenging times for businesses. They have an excellent understanding of GDPR but also reputational considerations of cybersecurity matters.’

    ‘Alex Wilson is a real future star. Enthusiastic, engaged and dynamic.’

    ‘The team has provided excellent guidance and support in respect of data protection requirements and how this applies in our complex multi-stakeholder environment.’

    ‘Jon Bartley has provided excellent guidance and support in respect of very specific data protection requirements and how this applies in our complex multi-stakeholder environment.’

    ‘Keith Mathieson is well experienced in media-related data protection work. Richard Breavington is strong in data breach litigation.’

    ‘Rupert Cowper-Coles is a data protection and privacy specialist with a particular strength in multi-jurisdictional online work, which he can combine with his reputation management expertise.’

    ‘The standout partner for me is Oliver Bray. He is simply best in class. He is a trusted adviser and a great ally. Olly has a genuine interest in our business and has tackled many complex data protection issues for me. Because he makes a real effort to understand not just the legal issues, but also the business dynamics, he is able to craft advice in a way that is most optimal for me to understand, implement, or escalate, as the need arises. I continue to see Olly not just as a business adviser, but a true partner to our business. Joe Lippitt is my go-to associate at RPC. Joe manages a big workload of complex work, including high-profile negotiations on issues in the media spotlight. He is a workhorse and unflappable.’

    ‘Having worked with RPC for a number of years on our data protection and privacy requirements, they have an excellent understanding of our business and requirements. They are happy to discuss a variety of potential approaches before agreeing how matters are going to be managed and provide solutions within budget constraints where required.’

    Key clients

    Meta (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp)

    Google

    Twitter

    News UK

    BBC

    Frasers Group

    Associated Newspapers

    Times Newspapers

    Reach (formerly Mirror Group)

    techUK

    Hiscox

    QBE

    CNA Hardy

    Chubb

    Work highlights

    • Acted for trade association techUK on its role as intervening party in the Supreme Court case of Richard Lloyd v Google.
    • Advised Meta (Facebook) on a broad range of projects from AdTech compliance to drafting high-profile data processing agreements.
    • Advised on a detailed and multi-jurisdictional data protection maturity assessment for a global insurer and re-insurer.

    Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

    With a strong focus on high-value, complex global investigations, both internal and external, RPC is a strong choice for international clients facing regulatory scrutiny and criminal prosecutions, able to offer expertise across corporate crime and regulatory issues relating to bribery, corruption, trade and export controls, and sanctions, among others. The team is led by ‘savvy operatorSam Tate, who has handled cases brought by the SFO, US DOJ, and FCA, including negotiating two major DPAs, and is able to draw upon the firm’s tax and corporate governance expertise across a variety of sectors. A former HMRC official, Adam Craggs specialises in criminal tax investigations, and Michelle Sloane is a key name for financial crime litigation. At senior associate level, the ‘hardworkingLucy Kerr regularly represents major corporates in financial crime and regulatory investigations, including playing a leading role in DPA negotiations, while Kate Langley has worked as an independent reviewer of DPA compliance alongside advising a number of high-profile clients on regulatory audits, and Alice Kemp, a qualified barrister also admitted in New Zealand, has prosecuted and defended financial crime cases brought by the SFO, as well as handling asset seizure and account freezing orders.

    Practice head(s):

    Sam Tate

    Other key lawyers:

    Adam Craggs; Jonathan Cary; Michelle Sloane; Kate Langley; Lucy Kerr; Alice Kemp

    Testimonials

    ‘Sam Tate – a very experienced and legally savvy operator who clients love for his dedication and experience in the white collar arena’

    ‘This team is growing, and is really making a mark in the investigations and corporate crime area. They are very client focussed, and with real experience of cutting through problems to reach the outcome their clients need.’

    ‘Sam Tate – very client friendly, completely focussed on getting the right outcome for the client. Extremely good negotiator.’

    ‘RPC is a fantastic firm and a great alternative to some of the larger London practices – highly personalised service and genuine client commitment’

    ‘Sam Tate is a great communicator, meticulous and extremely personable.’

    ‘A solid team with strong and experienced leadership in place and a good pipeline of senior associates’

    ‘Sam Tate – commercially minded lawyer who approaches problems from the client’s perspective and has an outstanding knowledge of the law in this area. He has a great ability to boil a complicated issue down to its central parts and then propose a workable solution.

    Lucy Kerr – solid senior associate with a great future ahead of her in this area. Hardworking, sensible advisor and a strong drafter.

    Key clients

    NEOM

    The Federal Republic of Nigeria

    The Financial Times Limited

    Newcastle United Football Company Limited

    InterContinental Hotels Group plc

    Compass Group

    Warner Music

    Bonhams

    Santander

    Work highlights

    • Successfully negotiated two Deferred Prosecution Agreements connected to a Fortune 500 company facing a high-value bribery investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.
    • Acting for Newcastle United Football Club in respect of the HMRC’s criminal investigation.
    • Appointed by NEOM in Saudi Arabia to support the development of a Third Party Risk Management process.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 3

    High-profile contentious IP matters in the retail, fashion, media, sports and technology sectors are where RPC excels. With a number of long-standing clients and an international reach, the team regularly advises on copyright and trade mark infringements before the High Court. The practice is co-led by Jeremy Drew, who maintains a broad practice, and David Cran, who specialises in technology disputes and transactions. Ciara Cullen co-leads the food and beverage sector group and is also a retail disputes specialist. Trade mark specialist Ben Mark has extensive expertise in enforcement work, licensing agreements and passing off claims.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Drew; David Cran

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘I think the RPC team’s greatest strengths are its collaborative approach, extensive experience representing clients in a range of industries, and great people. They are always available, pragmatic, thoughtful, creative, and articulate.’

    ‘Ben Mark is very bright, highly-responsive and pragmatic. His advice always takes into account our clients’ short and long-term goals, as well as their budgetary needs and expectations.’

    ‘Ciara Cullen is a great choice for multi-jurisdictional disputes.’

    ‘Jeremy Drew is a stand out partner, who has great tactical acumen and is acutely sensitive to the requirements of the client.’

    ‘Ciara Cullen is always available with clear, pragmatic advice.’

    ‘The trade mark team at RPC are excellent at giving practical, business-oriented advice, including recommendations for further action based on both degree of legal risk and market standards.’

    ‘Ben Mark is one of the most pleasant, concise, and even-tempered practitioners I’ve ever encountered. He is my platonic ideal of an external counsel. I always leave our calls feeling as though I have a better understanding of the matter, and that my time and budget have been spent wisely. I trust Ben implicitly with negotiating on my company’s behalf with third parties and find he has a very strong knack for calmly and politely sorting through noise and ego-driven puffery.’

    Key clients

    Associated Newspapers Limited

    AB InBev

    Irish Distillers

    Lidl

    Which?

    Frasers Group / Sports Direct

    Saracens R.F.C.

    Game

    Google

    Wave Optics

    Work highlights

    • Advised Sports Direct in the intensely contested trade mark licence claims brought by Rangers F.C.
    • Advised Associated Newspapers Limited on its defence of the heavily publicised copyright, misuse of private information and data breach claims brought by the Duchess of Sussex.
    • Defending SoftConstruct in proceedings brought by Genius Sports in relation to database rights infringement involving live sports data.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 3

    RPC is recommended for its commercial and sports regulatory work, with clients including Premiership Rugby club Saracens. As well as handling sports retail matters for clients such as Sports Direct, the team is instructed by technology and social media businesses on sports and esports-related commercial and data issues. Practice head Jeremy Drew offers expertise in sports retail, licensing, sponsorship deals, disputes, regulatory issues and gaming. Associate lead for the sports group Josh Charalambous is a sports disputes, commercial and regulatory specialist.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Drew

    Other key lawyers:

    Josh Charalambous; Michelle Sloane; Oliver Bray; Joseph Akwaboa; Samuel Coppard

    Testimonials

    ‘RPC have a truly exceptional profile in sports related disputes and matters, with particular experience in football.’

    ‘Josh Charalambous is one to watch.’

    ‘Joshua Charalambous is good to deal with, approachable lawyer with sound commercial and legal advice..’

    ‘RPC has unrivaled bench strength, vintage and a pedigree in this field.’

    ‘Jeremy Drew is class act. He fully understands the topics and issues.’

    ‘The team is extremely strong. They have an excellent understanding of litigation, good judgment and deep sector knowledge.’

    ‘ Josh Charalambous has deep sector knowledge and exceptional judgment.’

    Key clients

    Saracens RFC

    Sport England

    Newcastle United FC

    Facebook

    Google

    Sports Direct

    Budweiser

    Mike Ashley

    MEGA Esports

    FeedConstruct

    England Lacrosse

    YouTube

    Slazenger

    Game Digital

    Mavericks Netball

    Square Mile Sports

    Work highlights

    • Appointed as the sole legal services provider to leading Premiership Rugby club Saracens, advising on a range of commercial and regulatory matters.
    • Successfully represented Sports Direct in various hearings before the Court of Appeal and High Court in the longstanding dispute with Rangers FC relating to football replica.
    • Represented the owner of Newcastle United FC in relation to the Competition Appeal Tribunal proceedings against the English Premier League.

    Corporate and commercial > Customs and excise Tier 2

    RPC's team focuses on tax disputes, advising clients across multiple jurisdictions on direct and indirect tax matters, including customs and excise duty. The practice is led by Adam Craggs, a former solicitor for HMRC, who specialises in inquiries, criminal tax investigations and complex group litigation actions. Michelle Sloane's area of focus is in resolving complex tax disputes and advising corporates and high-net-worth individuals. Associate Keziah Mastin joined from HMRC in January 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Adam Craggs

    Other key lawyers:

    Michelle Sloane; Keziah Mastin; Robert Waterson

    Testimonials

    ‘The team has had the rare distinction of handling a customs case in the Supreme Court. It is both technically sound and practically excellent. It handles UK and EU customs and excise matters.’

    ‘Robert Waterson and Michelle Sloane are both excellent lawyers. They work exceptionally hard and have a very good commercial appreciation of the businesses that their clients are in. They are up with the very best.’

    Key clients

    Frasers Group PLC (Sports Direct)

    Universal Cycles Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Representing Frasers Group in a high-profile cross-border tax enquiry involving the Belgian State.
    • Representing Universal Cycles in a high-value dispute regarding Anti-Dumping Duty, Customs Duty and VAT.
    • Advising members of the Bonded Warehousekeepers Association on customs and excise duty issues.

    Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

    RPC has a full-service tax dispute resolution practice which advises on all areas of VAT and indirect tax, including multijurisdictional work. Its work includes litigation, investigations and judicial reviews. The team is led by Adam Craggs, a former employee of HMRC Solicitor’s Office who has 30 years of experience in both indirect and direct tax dispute resolution. Robert Waterson has handled high-profile disputes at all levels of the UK courts as well as the Court of Justice of the European Union. Associate Keziah Mastin joined in January 2022 from HMRC.

    Practice head(s):

    Adam Craggs

    Testimonials

    ‘Great expertise and imaginative and innovative solutions and approaches to tax litigation.’

    ‘Robert Waterson is the stand-out partner here. Technically brilliant and marvellously understated but relentlessly committed to the client’s cause.’

    ‘This is a team which is able to look at its indirect tax practice in a broad context: customs, direct tax, white collar crime and governance are all within its compass. As tax compliance becomes increasingly important in the boardroom they so their value to clients increases.’

    ‘Adam Craggs brings a wealth of experience to the team and is an excellent leader.’

    ‘Robert Waterson is an exceptional lawyer as is Michelle Sloane. They work together very effectively and are strong and articulate communicators. They choose their points carefully and fight to win.’

    Key clients

    Metropolitan International School Ltd

    TSB plc

    Universal Cycles

    Work highlights

    • Representing TSB in relation to a VAT dispute regarding a transitional services agreement following the bank’s split with Lloyds.
    • Acting for Metropolitan International Schools Ltd, the largest supplier of distance learning materials in the UK, in an appeal before the first-tier tribunal in respect of a VAT dispute with HMRC concerning the supply of blended distance learning courses for the VAT periods 2015-2017 – value £10m.

    Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

    RPC has a broad, international client base which includes sovereign states, asset managers and corporate entities. The group regularly acts for these clients in claims against prominent investment banks, with one client describing the team as having 'the acumen and resilience needed to take on the mighty institutional behemoths in the biggest cases and deliver wins'. It also represents international banking clients in both defending  and bringing claims. Simon Hart heads  the banking and financial disputes practice, with experience across litigation involving leveraged finance, loan facilities and derivatives. Tom Hibbert is global head of commercial disputes and is engaged on high-profile complex disputes. Other key figures in the team include Jonathan Cary, who has experience in both litigation and regulatory investigations. Andy McGregor departed the firm for Allen & Overy LLP .

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Hart

    Other key lawyers:

    Tom Hibbert; Jonathan Cary; Jake Hardy; Alan Williams; Christopher Wheatley; Emily Fischer; Emma West; Chris Ross; Charlotte Henschen

    Testimonials

    ‘Simon Hart is sensitive to client needs, and will always make himself available. He is also well-used to the rigours of litigation.’

    ‘Tom Hibbert is an exceptional individual. One of London’s top litigators, he is hugely experienced and exceptionally clever. Jake Hardy is the long-time right-hand man for Tom Hibbert. He keeps large teams running brilliantly and is calm and unflappable. Christopher Wheatley has excellent drafting skills, and  Emma West has a formidable memory and is unflappable.’

    ‘This is a strong team that is very effective in big litigation including at trial, where they are very agile under tight time pressure. They have a great deal of expertise in the banking space and are able to put that to good use. They staff the right people to the right parts of a case and make sure all bases are very well covered. Partners were closely involved and very well across the fine detail.’

    ‘Tom Hibbert has a great depth of experience, impeccable judgement and litigation instincts, and made himself very available at crunch times. Jonathan Cary and Alan Williams were right across the detail, knowing the case inside out and back to front, and showed great judgement throughout.  Emily Fischer was particularly notable for her meticulousness, attention to detail and prodigious capacity for hard work’’

    ‘Probably the best investor/borrower banking firm in London – all the acumen and resilience needed to take on the mighty institutional behemoths in the biggest cases and deliver wins.’

    ‘The team at RPC are immensely impressive. The senior partners are all seasoned litigators, with excellent experience honed through years of practice. They invariably make the right judgement calls – and it is a pleasure to work alongside such a capable team. The associates are, without exception, thorough and very hands on – with excellent drafting skills for correspondence, and witness statements.’

    ‘A very good team offering a first rate service. There was a simply fabulous effort on the matter we worked on by both associates and partners who worked fantastically hard with a difficult client and very high pressured case to get the desired result. 100% commitment.’

    Key clients

    Loreley Financing (Jersey) No 30 Limited

    Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited

    VIP clients of Promsvyazbank

    Federal Government of Nigeria

    Bank St Petersburg (BSP)

    Work highlights

    • Representing the Federal Government of Nigeria in its claim against JP Morgan (JPM), arising out of the bank’s role in transferring $875 million to a company, Malabu Oil & Gas Limited, which was the vehicle for a disgraced former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum, Chief Etete, pursuant to a fraudulent and corrupt scheme relating to the acquisition of an oil prospecting licence (OPL 245) by the oil majors Shell and Eni for the sum of $1.3 billion.
    • Representing Siam Commercial Bank in Commercial Court proceedings brought by a Thai businessman (currently living in political exile in France) and his associated companies against Siam and 16 other defendants. The claim arises from the sale of the claimants’ majority interest in a Thai group of companies specialising in largescale wind energy projects. The bank provided project finance to the operating companies.
    • Representing a luxury hotel and resort group in a claim relating to c.£117 million losses suffered as a result of the Bank of Scotland’s conduct in the pursuit of its deleveraging strategy, following the financial crisis.

    Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

    The tax litigation team at RPC has extensive experience in all aspects of HMRC investigations with a particularly strong sports and entertainer client base. The team is instructed in some of the largest UK and European Court of Justice tax cases in addition to representing several taxpayer companies and individuals in public law group actions against HMRC. Adam Craggs heads the practice and has particular expertise in dealing with enquiries and complex tax litigation. Robert Waterson  focuses on multijurisdictional disputes while Michelle Sloane  advises both corporates and high-net worth individuals. Associate Harry Smith has experience across a range of direct and indirect taxes.

    Practice head(s):

    Adam Craggs

    Testimonials

    ‘Expert knowledge on technical tax issues, dealt with efficiently.’

    ‘Good communication skills.’

    Key clients

    TSB Plc

    Frasers Group PlC

    Universal Cycles

    Metropolitan International Schools Ltd

    Newcastle United Football Club

    Steven Hoey

    Clipperton & Lloyd

    AML Tax (UK) Ltd

    Jones Bros Ruthin (Civil Engineering) Co Ltd

    Britannia Hotels Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised TSB in relation to a complex VAT dispute concerning the correct treatment of services provided to it under a transitional services agreement arising out of its split with Lloyds.

    Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

    The health and safety team at RPC forms part of the firm’s larger regulatory pillar, allowing it to draw from a much larger pool of multidisciplinary specialists to bring a wide breadth of expertise across all aspects of regulation. In addition, the team has strong insurance expertise, helping clients with gross negligence and corporate manslaughter investigations as well as other significant incidents, often involving fatalities. Gavin Reese heads up the regulatory team, dealing with many high profile cases. Legal director Mamata Dutta has experience across the construction, manufacturing and arboriculture sectors, advising clients on inquests as well as gross negligence manslaughter investigations and prosecutions. New partner Fiona Hahlo is another key name.

    Practice head(s):

    Gavin Reese

    Other key lawyers:

    Mamata Dutta; Fiona Hahlo; Steven Aitken

    Testimonials

    ‘Mamata Dutta – superb, very knowledgeable, excellent to work with and great judgement Gavin Rees – highly experienced partner with a lot of knowledge of this field’

    ‘RPC are a premier health and safety team. Unrivalled experience in defending corporate manslaughter and serious health and safety offences. Provide a seamless and professional service from Inquests, initial interviews and final hearings.’

    ‘Gavin Reese – excellent strategist. Inspirational leader and clients appreciate his down to earth approach. Never makes a wrong step – no case is too difficult for him.

    ‘Mamata Dutta – blends towering intellect with extensive court experience. Always achieves the best outcomes.’

    ‘Fiona Hahlo – excels in complicated product and fatal accident cases. She has the talent to find and then mine the winning point, however difficult the evidence.’

    ‘The team earned our trust and we had full faith in their abilities to represent our best interests.’

    Key clients

    AXA XL

    Work highlights

    • Acting for the Architects involved in the Grenfell Tower refurbishment. We have acted for them from the immediate aftermath through to Police investigation and Public Inquiry.
    • Represented a landlord who was prosecuted for various fire safety breaches following a fire at his mixed commercial / residential property.
    • Representing a company who is being investigated by an Environmental Health Officer following an alleged breach of an environmental permit.

    Industry focus > TMT Tier 2

    RPC‘s TMT group is well known for its work for clients in the technology sector, from start-ups to the biggest names in the industry. The firm provides support on the full spectrum of matters, from contract and regulatory advice to fundraising and M&A transactions and through to dispute resolution, where it has an especially good reputation in technology litigation and acting for media defendants. Jeremy Drew leads the team, bringing broad experience across contentious and non-contentious technology matters. Senior partner Oliver Bray is a key contact for prominent technology clients, and is well known for his wide commercial expertise, which extends to digital, consumer, advertising, data protection, regulatory, and content issues. David Cran heads up the technology disputes practice, while Mark Crichard leads on complex contracts and outsourcings.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Drew

    Key clients

    Meta/Facebook

    Google and YouTube

    Triumph Group

    LINK Scheme

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

    Wave Optics

    eClerx

    Royal & Sun Alliance

    FundingXchange

    Dialog Semiconductor

    Ceres Power

    Zensar Technologies UK Ltd

    McArthurGlen UK Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising Google in respect of its defence of a very highly publicised claim brought by Epic Games – the proceedings concern the Google Play Store and Epic’s well-known battle royale game ‘Fortnite’.
    • Advising Meta on its global collaboration initiatives, which include ongoing support for Facebook’s independent Oversight Board; assisting on hardware product development; broadcasting and streaming and social media/streaming projects; and digital marketing and influencer campaigns.
    • Advising the significant data analytics services, automation and outsourced technology/business process provider, eClerx, on a vast range of contracts, with a number of global banks, digital business and large retailers, as well as on contracts relating to the creation of various reseller arrangements.

    Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 2

    RPC has a well-earned reputation in financial, liability and professional lines, property, power generation, energy and marine insurance and reinsurance lines. Continuing to bolster its bench strength, the firm recently recruited Mike Newham from Mayer Brown International LLP to bolster its coverage practice and on regulatory investigations against professionals. Global department head Simon Laird and James Wickes represent financial institutions, with Wickes being one of London’s leading specialists on W&I claims. Property specialist Victoria Sherratt and onshore/offshore energy, power and heavy industry insurance risks partners Leigh Williams and Gary Walkling, are also highly recommended. For political risk, Naomi Vary is the lead, and Lucy Dyson is noted for casualty exposures in the US, Caribbean and Latin America.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Laird

    Testimonials

    ‘An extremely approachable team that are always prepared to listen to their clients. This means the advice I get is as relevant as possible. The response provided is also proportionate to the issue at hand. ’

    ‘Gary Walkling is an excellent lawyer; very thorough and practical in his advice. He takes time to understand the circumstances beyond the documentation. This makes his advice particularly relevant and therefore more helpful.

    ‘Leigh Williams is an excellent lawyer. He provides a deep and well-thought through analysis of complex issues but is able to present the central issues in a concise way and with recommended steps set out.

    ‘I think that RPC have a great energy offering to assist us with energy related claims. The experience in the team is brilliant and it is is a very strong team as far as legal experience is concerned. I also think they have a very communication billings team and have my queries answered very quickly when I need to agree billings.’

    ‘Gary Walkling is an expert on energy claims under one Upstream Energy construction policy. ‘

    ‘RPC is one of the few firms left that with a committed insurance practice, made up of real specialists. They staff their files well – everybody involved in a matter is given responsibility, visibility and credit – and so their fees are reasonable. They’re a friendly firm with a long-term approach to client retention and relationships.’

    ‘James Wickes is a true all-rounder. Technically astute, commercially aware, adaptable, and down to earth. One of my go-to’s for all aspects of financial institutions / directors & officers disputes and coverage.’

    ‘I thoroughly enjoy working with Victoria Sherratt. She is a sound lawyer technically but it is her commerciality and knowledge of the market which really sets her apart. She is an excellent sounding board and extremely client-friendly and client-focussed.’

    Key clients

    Probitas 1492

    QBE

    Arch

    AIG UK

    Liberty

    Hiscox

    Axis

    AXA XL

    Hamilton

    Chaucer

    Work highlights

    • Conducting Lancashire’s defence, in Alcot Shipmanagement Co & Ors v (1) Lloyd’s Underwriters (2) Lancashire Insurance, in a claim made by vessel owners under an Excess Innocent Owners Insurance policy arising out of the alleged detention in Venezuela of three oil tankers with a cumulative value of $180m in 2019.
    • Pursuing a subrogated recovery against the Design and Build Team following a high profile fire in elderly care residence where absence of any duty of care is evident.
    • Acting for various reinsurers in a coverage dispute against ABSA Group Limited (a South African bank) and related companies.

    Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 2

    RPC handles the full spectrum of insurance transactional and regulatory advice; the practice is instructed on M&A, reinsurance matters, Lloyd’s market assistance, commercial arrangements and insuretech issues. The department acts for insurers, brokers, management teams, investors and innovative start-ups. Practice head Matthew Griffith, also co-lead of the firm’s financial institutions regulatory group, focuses on insurance regulatory issues as well as advising insurers on their BREXIT-related restructuring projects. James Mee has considerable experience in the sector and is another key member of the team. William Hogarth joined the practice in 2021 from Clyde & Co, offering expertise in reinsurance arrangements, including legacy market transactions. Senior associate Jonathan Charwat deals with insurance contracts and regulation, in addition to investigations work.

    Practice head(s):

    Matthew Griffith

    Other key lawyers:

    James Mee; William Hogarth; Jonathan Charwat; Andrew Price

    Testimonials

    ‘Practical advice given in an easy to understand manner.’

    ‘James Mee has technical knowledge of the working of the Lloyd’s market and its regulatory requirements, particularly in the area of reinsurance and the impact of reinsurance/LPT/RITC deals on syndicate capital requirements is impressive.’

    ‘Knowledgeable and supportinve legal and regulatory team. Commercially aware and capable of developing legal and regulatory solutions in a pragmatical and commecially sound fashion.’

    ‘They help develop the legal and regulatory framework supporting the transaction and pragmatically developed legally solid and commercially sound agreements underpining the deal structure.’

    Key clients

    Beat Capital Partners

    MS Amlin

    Mosaic Insurance

    QBE

    RSA

    AIG

    Aviva

    Howden Group

    Assured Partners

    Hiscox

    Hamilton UK Services

    TigerRisk

    Inigo

    Integra Insurance

    Work highlights

    • Advised innovative insurtech Mosaic Insurance on its acquisition of SiriusPoint’s Lloyd’s managing agency and investment by SiriusPoint  .
    • Advised Beat Capital Partners on its ILS transaction with Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board.
    • Advised MS Amlin on its “split” RITC with Riverstone.

    Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 2

    RPC has a strong reputation for representing insurers and their insured parties on significant liability exposures, such as the PIP and 'metal-on-metal' group actions. The team also represents clients on the automotive, chemical and construction sectors. Practice head Gavin Reese deals with a broad range of international product claims and is experienced providing advice in relation to the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and European regulations. Dorothy Flower, who also heads the Life Sciences team, is an expert at handling disputes arising from clinical trials.

    Practice head(s):

    Gavin Reese

    Other key lawyers:

    Dorothy Flower; Lucy Dyson; Mamata Dutta

    Testimonials

    ‘They are competitively priced and have far more practical experience in dealing with product laibility cases than many of their better known rivals.’

    ‘Mamata Dutta: tenacious, clever and charming’

    Gavin Reese: a great tactician and very bright’

    ‘RPC has a very well-established product liability defence practice. RPC’s practice builds on the firm’s outstanding insurance specialism and much of its product liability work is insurer based. The team is particularly strong on policy and coverage questions. The team also has vital group litigation experience, having been involved in leading group claims involving breast implants and metal on metal hips.’

    ‘The team is lead by Dorothy Flower who is one of the most experienced product liability solicitors in the UK. She brings a highly commercial approach and strategic judgment to her cases and stands out for her ability to see the big picture amongst the wealth of factual and expert detail that characterises product liability disputes.’

    Key clients

    Ace Chubb Ltd

    AXA XL

    Bard Pharmaceuticals Ltd

    British Standards Institution Group

    Clover Leaf Products Limited

    Corin Ltd

    Heidelberg Engineering Ltd

    Make Yourself Amazing (MYA)

    Medisoft Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Advised Augment Bionics on limiting its liability risks when supplying PPE during the Covid-19 crisis
    • Defended manufacturers and clinics against allegations that breast implants are defective
    • Defence of a claim from a UK manufacturer who was seeking recall and replacement costs for the end food products made with an alleged substandard raw ingredients.

    Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

    RPC fields an impressive professional negligence team covering all core areas, from construction and legal to financial, as well as a well-regarded practice in cyber and technology professional negligence claims. The firm 'deals with the most substantial cases with great experience and depth' defending high-stakes claims against national and international financial institutions, acting for leading international law firms, Big Four accountancy firms and construction specialists from contractors to engineers. Nick Bird is 'a delight to work with and has an amazing tactical brain', while Karen Morrish acts for accountants, lawyers and brokers in complex disputes, often involving top 30 law firms. Tim Bull is an expert in defending a wide range of clients, from solicitors to offshore financial and corporate service providers. Recently promoted partner Ben Gold is another key name, leading on a number of cases, while Michael Newham has recently joined from Mayer Brown International LLP; he defends claims and regulatory investigations against a range of financial professionals.

    Practice head(s):

    Nick Bird; Alan Stone; James Wickes; Richard Breavington

    Other key lawyers:

    Karen Morrish; Tim Bull; Michael Newham; Davina Given; Graham Reid; Simon Laird; Richard Breavington; Alexandra Anderson; Ben Gold; Tom Green

    Testimonials

    ‘Alan Stone – superbly good at managing enormous number of cases and bringing on young lawyers. Alexandra Anderson – a class act with no limits to her capabilities. She’s at the top of her game. Tom Green – very able and knows absolutely everything happening on all his cases which given the number is quite a feat.’

    ‘The team is very strong with juniors being available and knowledgeable and confident enough to express a view/take matters further rather than always waiting for a partner to tell them what to do..’

    ‘Alexandra Anderson is a powerhouse. Her work rate, availability, legal and industry knowledge is second to none. She is a lawyer that you would want on your side. Tom Green has been promoted to partner and can only really be described as ‘quality’. Seriously hard working with in depth knowledge of the matters for which he is responsible. He is also an absolute joy to work with, and very practical.’

    ‘I am a long term fan of Nick Bird at RPC. He is one of the top names in solicitors’ negligence claims. He is utterly reliable in the complex claims – intellectually top notch, thoughtful, insightful and creative. He leads a good team; the quality is consistent throughout.

    ‘RPC are the ‘go-to’ team for all professional negligence matters, whether for solicitors, accountants, surveyors, construction professionals etc.’

    ‘Certainly one of the if not the leading solicitors’ defence practice, dealing with the most substantial cases with great experience and depth.’

    ‘This is a team with strength in depth and some outstanding individuals. The best in London.’

    ‘Nick Bird – Thoughtful and careful, a delight to work with. Tim Bull – Enormously experienced. Graham Reid – Grounded and capable of extracting winning points of law.’

    Key clients

    Studio E Architects

    Building Design Partnership Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Studio E Architects Limited, the architect appointed with regard to the refurbishment works at Grenfell Tower.
    • Represented various reinsurers in a coverage dispute against ABSA Group Limited (a South African bank) and related companies.
    • Advising various professional and financial institutions on a range of high value and complex legal issues.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

    Technology is a core strategic focus for RPC‘s practice; the firm’s technology and outsourcing group is strong in acting for start-ups and well-established, major technology clients. The team handles technology contracts, regulatory advice, fundraising issues, and M&A mandates for clients in the financial services, retail, IT and insurance sectors. The group is also highly adept in dispute resolution, having acted in several high-profile cases, including representing Google. Mark Crichard is head of the technology and outsourcing group, advising clients on contracts and systems procurement and implementation projects. Jeremy Drew leads the TMT group and is active in contentious and non-contentious work for technology clients, and Tom Purton adds to the team’s outscoring practice, while Charles Buckworth is also notable for his work in the financial services arena, assisting clients with IT transactions and projects.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘RPC is a unique law firm with a blend of good outsourcing and technology lawyers which cater to clients’ needs.’

    ‘The team provides excellent support, guiding clients through complex transactions with numerous and diverse stakeholders, including regulators, financial institutions and commercial organisations.’

    ‘Charles Buckworth and Leigh Gapinski work tirelessly, often against pressing deadlines and with numerous and diverse stakeholders to ensure solutions are delivered to complex requirements.’

    ‘Mark Crichard is a lawyer with great business and technology knowledge. The advice and guidance provided by Mark is accurate.’

    Key clients

    Meta

    King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

    Link Scheme Ltd and Link Scheme Holdings Ltd

    eClerx Services Limited

    International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation

    British Veterinary Association

    Frasers Group

    McArthurGlen Group

    Google Inc

    Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

    Stella McCartney

    Royal & Sun Alliance

    Wave Optics

    Triumph Group

    Work highlights

    • Advising King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s & ST Thomas NHS Foundation Trust on their tender for and the negotiations of $2bn of contracts for the outsourcing of all of their pathology and laboratory services.
    • Advising Google regarding its defence of a claim brought by Epic Games concerning the Google Play Store and Epic’s battle royale game ‘Fortnite’.
    • Advising eClerx on all of its global customer services and outsourcing contracts.

    Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

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

    Blue-chip multinationals and financial institutions turn to RPC for assistance in high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional deals. Practice chair Karen Hendy is a key port of call for a range of retailers and tech companies seeking advice on M&A transactions, restructurings, and takeover bids. Nigel Collins draws considerable praise for the depth and proficiency of his Japan-focused corporate practice, where he advises a mix of consumer goods companies, financial institutes, and consultancy firms, among others. Insurance specialist James Mee is also noted for his capabilities in cross-border private equity-driven transactions across a range of sectors, most recently in the logistics space. Since his arrival in 2021, Connor Cahalane has handled a number of deals for Main Market and AIM-listed companies, ranging from semiconductor manufacturers to fuel cell developers.

    Practice head(s):

    Karen Hendy

    Other key lawyers:

    Nigel Collins; James Mee; Connor Cahalane

    Testimonials

    ‘Nigel Collins is totally committed to the transaction and the client. He is always available and provides commercially minded advice, rather than just “legal” advice. Excellent team partner to work with, who has an excellent team to support him.’

    ‘The team led by Nigel Collins seems to be one of the very few go-to powerhouses for Japan-UK deals in the market. They are surprisingly fast, flexible and experienced.’

    ‘Nigel Collins is our trusted advisor for any UK matters that come from our Japanese clients. He always knows something about anything in the UK and has guided our clients to get where they wanted to head. His M&A experience and skills are superb.’

    ‘Warm and welcoming law firm with fantastic knowledge in my sector. Very patient and a pleasure to work with!’

    ‘Karen Hendy is pragmatic and capable, with excellent sector-specific knowledge.’

    Key clients

    Ernst & Young

    Wave Optics

    Berkshire Hathaway

    Frasers Group / MASH Holdings

    Itochu

    Axcel Private Equity

    Ceres Power

    Dialog Semiconductor / Renesas

    Beat Capital Partners

    Stella McCartney

    Triumph Group

    Park 24

    Development Bank of Japan

    NCP

    Howden Group

    Assured Partners

    AIG

    Mosaic Insurance

    Optio Group/Preservation Capital Partners

    Work highlights

    • Advised Wave Optics on its sale to Snap Inc for $500m.
    • Acting for Dialog Semiconductor on its multi-billion dollar acquisition by Japanese Renesas Electronics Corporation, by means of a scheme of arrangement.
    • Acting for Howden Group on a number of acquisitions.

    Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 4

    The practice at RPC is praised by clients for its contentious capabilities, fielding a cross-practice team that advises across the worlds of insurance, retail, TMT, financial services, and healthcare. While practice head Lambros Kilaniotis is leaving to join Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, Chris Ross handles defendant and claimant-side matters in the food packaging, transport, and payment services industries, while of counsel Melanie Musgrave focuses most keenly on financial services matters.

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team are really fantastic. They are a delight to deal with; they never waste your time; and they can be trusted in all circumstances to do the best possible job.’

    ‘RPC field a very strong team in this area, punching well above their weight particularly in disputes related to sports and betting.’

    ‘While incredibly critically minded, the RPC team always see and maximise the positive potential in a case.’

    ‘Chris Ross stands out for identifying every possible angle in the case for the client.’

    Key clients

    Frasers Group plc (formerly Sports Direct)

    Google

    LINPAC (now part of Klöckner Pentaplast)

    St James Holdings Limited

    LINK Scheme

    NHS Scotland & DHSSPS and RHSCB in Northern Ireland

    Telefonica UK

    Soft Construct (Malta)

    Work highlights

    • Advising Google on its defence of collective proceedings pursued by an individual on behalf of millions of UK consumers in relation to Play Store fees.
    • Advised St James Holdings Limited in relation to its claim against the Premier League in connection with the sale of Newcastle United Football Club to a consortium company.
    • Advising Google on its ongoing global dispute with Epic Games (Fortnite) regarding Play Store billing.

    Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

    With ‘credible international arbitration expertise‘, RPC‘s sector credentials cover IP, technology, insurance, reinsurance, construction and engineering, along with international trade, finance, energy and transport. Consultant Jonathan Wood is international arbitration chair, while May 2022 partner recruit from Stephenson Harwood Shai Wade heads the London international arbitration team. Tatiana Minaeva is a commercial and investor-state arbitration expert; of counsel Paul Baker is ‘a formidable lawyer‘; and senior associates Kirtan Prasad, Suzie Kurdi and Adam Forster all maintain active international arbitration practices.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Wood; Shai Wade

    Testimonials

    ‘Credible international arbitration expertise and experience across a range of industry sectors – often seen against bigger law firms. Outstanding service – excellent hands-on partner supervision and very hardworking, diligent associates.’

    Jonathan Wood is very active and vastly experienced, and has seen it all before.’

    ‘Tatiana Minaeva is very well regarded for her CIS-related experience, as well as her knowledge of international arbitration practice and procedure.

    ‘Tatiana Minaeva is highly astute, particularly in relation to cross-border conflicts of laws issues, and questions relating to jurisdictional challenges and appeals of arbitration awards. She is tactically savvy and really worth having in a client’s corner.

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

    ‘Senior associate Kirtan Prasad is very hardworking, has a head for detail, and is a strategic thinker.

    ‘Kirtan Prasad – one of the really up-and-coming names in international arbitration, who is definitely partner material.

    Senior associate Adam Forster is a real brain. He has a razor-sharp intelligence and his attention to detail is second to none. A real black letter lawyer, he also possesses the commercial acumen and practical strategic nous that mean he will be a future leader in this field.

    Key clients

    Kout Food Group

    Hua She Asset Management (Shanghai)

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Kout Food Group, a large food franchise owner/operator, in a dispute concerning ongoing use of the brand of a restaurant chain operating in the Middle East.
    • Successfully represented Hua She Asset Management (Shanghai) in its enforcement in England of an arbitral award made by the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Commission in October 2020.

    Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 4

    RPC‘s professional practices group focuses on the regulatory issues affecting the legal services sector, insolvency practitioners, accountants and architects. Graham Reid has ‘first-class knowledge‘ and, in Bristol, Robert Morris has longstanding experience in handling disciplinary and regulatory matters, while senior associate Emma Wherry assists with construction-related professional discipline work.

    Practice head(s):

    Graham Reid; Robert Morris

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘RPC’s professional discipline offering is superb, with its team boasting strength in depth from partner to associate level.’

    ‘RPC’s professional discipline team is unique in the way that it understands the various disciplinary bodies, the rules they apply, and the way they come to decisions.’

    ‘This team has a strong practice in professional negligence behind it, and the lawyers know how to prepare cases for hearings, regularly wiping the floor with regulators’ legal teams, who really do not know what has hit them.’

    ‘The firm is very experienced in both professional negligence and professional discipline, and uses its experience in both to give well-rounded advice and representation that are properly tailored to the case in question. The lawyers are also very familiar with the intricacies of the different professional disciplinary bodies.’

    ‘Graham Reid gives considered, careful, detailed and thorough advice.’

    ‘Graham Reid – first-class knowledge and very user friendly.’

    ‘Emma Wherry is a great all-round lawyer, nothing gets past her, and she is very effective in managing her cases – thinks strategically and learns very quickly.’

    ‘Emma Wherry – just all over all the detail. She is really hardworking, and excellent at getting on top of a case to the client’s advantage.’

    Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

    RPC’s life sciences practice leverages the firm’s insurance strength to assist clients with high-profile and complex product liability issues, particularly relating to medical devices. Dorothy Flower leads the practice and is noted for her expertise in the defending manufacturers and suppliers in medical device and pharmaceutical product liability claims. The group also has experience in clinical trial work, regulatory issues, inquests and group litigation.

    Practice head(s):

    Dorothy Flower

    Testimonials

    ‘The experienced RPC team acts for a range of life sciences and healthcare providers and their insurers. The firm impresses with expertise across the whole range of work from the intellectual property aspects to clinical trials, inquests and product safety.’

    ‘Dorothy Flower leads the team with skill and determination. She has excellent sector knowledge as well as an impressive strategic and tactical approach. Her product liability and clinical negligence experience dovetails well with her life sciences practice and she is particularly strong on the issues arising from clinical trials.’

    Key clients

    Make Yourself Amazing (MYA)

    Corin Ltd

    Nagor Limited

    GR Lane Health Products Limited

    Everlight

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Corin Limited in defending claims concerning Metal-on-Metal hips in Scotland, Germany and Canada.
    • Acting for Insurers of a clinical trial, in relation to a claim by a trial subject who alleges complex adverse consequences following his participation.

    Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 4

    Gavin Reese leads the London and Bristol-based team at RPC. It represents defendants on a range of cases, often involving public liability, road traffic or workplace accidents. Its cases often involve defending claims of significant value, and involve such injuries as brain damage, psychiatric illness, amputations, somatoform disorders and fatalities, and can often involve claimants lacking capacity.

    Practice head(s):

    Gavin Reese

    Other key lawyers:

    Fiona Hahlo; Steven Aitken; Mamata Dutta

    Testimonials

    ‘Gavin Reese is a quality lawyer.’

    ‘A very commercially-oriented practice known for a depth of talent among senior associates and partners.’

    ‘Fiona Hahlo has a forensic approach to witness and expert evidence, is not afraid to litigate cases to trial where appropriate and is robust in doing so.’

    ‘Gavin Reese has excellent strategic overview and client management skills and is a tough negotiator in joint settlement meetings.’

    ‘Steven Aitken is methodical in his approach to case preparation, calm and collated under pressure and works well with overseas insurer clients.’

    ‘A very strong personal injury team. Their associated specialisms of inquest and regulatory work means that they are always able to offer a premier service. They are especially strong in cases with complicated expert and technical evidence, and cases requiring particular sensitivity where their additional reputational management skills are always deployed to their client’s benefit.’

    ‘Gavin Reese is a hugely experienced and skilled tactician who inspires confidence in his clients and fear in his opponents.’

    ‘Mamata Dutta has astonishing intellect and judgment. Always adds real value to a case and is an inspirational team leader. Fiona Hahlo’s outstanding attention to detail means she is the go-to lawyer for complicated product liability claims. Clients love her enthusiasm and boundless commitment to their cause.’

    Key clients

    AXA XL

    Faraday

    Hiscox

    Work highlights

    • Represented a hospitality provider and its insurer in connection with an accident involving an employee who sustained a brain injury.
    • Represented a waste recycling company and its insurer in a claim involving an amputated arm, arising from a workplace accident.
    • Represented a ship maintenance company and its insurer in connection with the death of an engineer.

    Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

    Clients ‘breathe a sigh of relief when RPC are instructed on real estate matters’, including headquarters establishments and office relocations, portfolio restructuring, sales and leasebacks, as well as landlord and tenant mandates. Practice leader Elizabeth Alibhai advises on transactions in the office, hotel healthcare and logistics sectors, and has demonstrable experience in handling residential and retail-related development projects. The team counts manufacturers, hotel and leisure operators, funds, insurers and professional services occupiers among its key roster of clients.

    Practice head(s):

    Elizabeth Alibhai

    Other key lawyers:

    Karen Hendy; Sukh Ahark; Catherine Young

    Testimonials

    ‘Huge shout out for Catherine Young. She is a shining star. Self-motivated, pays attention to detail and has the patience and determination to close the toughest of matters.’

    ‘Great response times and their commercial approach is to be applauded. Grateful that they pay as much attention to the big picture as to the fine detail of closing all the documentation in a timely manner. Always breathe a sigh of relief when RPC are instructed on real estate matters.’

    ‘Elizabeth Alibhai is bright, responsive, pleasant, commercial and knows how to keep her capable team happy and are therefore able to consistently deliver great results.’

    Key clients

    Frasers Group

    Lockguard Limited

    AVIVA

    Hasib Holding Company Establishment

    Howden Group

    Kout Food Group

    Triumph Group

    Essity/SCA Group

    NASUWT

    Downing LLP

    Adderstone Group

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

    Berkshire Hathaway

    Spinnaker Capital

    Egon Zhender

    Axcel

    Work highlights

    • Advised King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and St Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust on the occupational arrangements of their pathology services JV across four hospitals, as well as negotiating the JV’s high value lease of its laboratory premises.
    • Acted for NASUWT (the teachers’ union) on the transfer of a portfolio of 18 freehold properties as part of a reorganisation.

    Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 4

    RPC‘s contentious construction practice attends to the clients across the supply chain, though it focuses on advising international contractors on high-value domestic matters. It is also well-regarded for its advise in key stakeholder disputes, due to its close ties with the insurance industry. Alan Stone, who has significant experience in acting for construction professionals, leads the team. Tom Green acts for clients in relation to final and interim account, payment notice and defects disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Alan Stone

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Truly excellent team. They know the construction industry inside out, and are on top of all latest developments. Deeply knowledgeable.’

    ‘Alan Stone is a fantastic litigator, with excellent judgment. Despite being exceptionally busy, he always make himself available, is very approachable and consistently adds value.’

    ‘Tom Green is deeply knowledgeable about the issues facing the insurance sector in respect of the cladding crisis. He is close to the issues affecting the industry and very generous in sharing his deep knowledge.’

    ‘The RPC team have kept abreast of what has become one of the fastest evolving areas (the cladding/fire safety sector), which has been phenomenal and a great support to insurers and insured clients.’

    ‘Alan Stone and Tom Green are exactly the people you would want on your side in a complex piece of litigation. They cut through the most technical issues with apparent ease and their reports are of the highest quality.’

    ‘Cecilia Everett has a superb eye for detail, Felicity Strong is brilliant with a phenomenal work rate, and Paul Smylie is an emerging talent.’

    ‘RPC seem to have the same ethos throughout the firm – very engaging, supportive and keen to assist in all areas.’

    ‘Alan Stone and Tom Green have been outstanding. Tom is an excellent communicator, and always responded to emails and calls. First class service.’

    Key clients

    NMCN Developments Limited

    Vinci Construction UK Limited

    McLaren Construction (UK) Ltd

    Eric Parry Architects Limited

    Gleeds Costs Management Limited

    Broadway Malyan Limited

    TP Bennett LLP

    NG Bailey Limited

    Ridge & Partners LLP

    Building Design Partnership Limited

    McLaren Construction (UK) Limited

    The Berkeley Group Holdings PLC

    NHBC

    Work highlights

    • Advising Building Design Partnership Limited on the alleged fire safety defects in the design and construction of a hospital.
    • Advising NG Bailey in a dispute arising out of a project to design and construct an advanced manufacturing and technology facility in Solihull.
    • Advising McLaren, who was appointed as a design and build contractor for development of a distribution centre for a wine and spirits distributor, on alleged defects in the design and build of the foundations and slab of the warehouse.

    Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

    RPC is well-established within the insurance sector, routinely supporting industry players on the interpretation and implication of regulatory reform. Matthew Griffith heads up the department, representing insurance companies and brokers alike, and is especially well-placed to support on Brexit-related matters. The practice also has a flourishing payments, consumer credit and general financial services offering which has recently witnessed notable growth.

    Practice head(s):

    Matthew Griffith

    Other key lawyers:

    Whitney Simpson; Jonathan Charwat

    Testimonials

    ‘A simple approach to legal matters. Making legal matters easy to deal with.’

    ‘Approachable, dedicated and an extension of our internal team. Always make time.’

    ‘The team are extremely professional and have a pragmatic approach. They are extremely knowledgeable and able to help promptly and efficiently with our queries.’

    ‘One of the key characteristics of the individuals is that they listen closely to our requirements. They take time to understand our business and help us achieve the desired outcome whilst ensuring we meet all of our legal and regulatory obligations.’

    Key clients

    LINK Scheme

    Frasers Group

    Aviva

    Integra

    Ardonagh

    Inigo Managing Agent

    Markel

    Hiscox

    QBE

    RSA

    Work highlights

    • Advising LINK Scheme, the UK payment system, on general advisory matters in relation to commercial, tech, outsourcing, regulatory, data, competition, restructuring and insolvency, litigation and public law.
    • Advised Markel, the global insurance group, and led on its large scale regulatory and commercial review project of over 40 insurance distribution agreements and circa 100 insurance policies.
    • Advising on the formation of a new managing general agent, ARTes Specialty, and its commercial arrangements with its insurance capacity providers, distribution partners and IT service providers.

    Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 5

    RPC is noted for its work in private equity deals involving insurance companies, acting for sponsors on acquiring these companies as well as handling bolt-on deals for portfolio companies. David Wallis heads up the team and works closely with insurance specialist James Mee.

    Practice head(s):

    David Wallis

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Excellent market knowledge. Flexible fee structures. Highly collaborative.’

    ‘James Mee and David Wallis are collaborative, available and innovative in solution findings. James in particular has excellent market contacts.’

    Key clients

    Beat Capital Partners

    JRJ Group

    Optio Group/Preservation Capital Partners

    Axcel Private Equity

    Keyhaven Capital

    Paine Schwartz

    Work highlights

    • Advising Beat Capital Partners (backed by Bain Capital Credit) on its new syndicate and investment by Ontario Teachers Pension Plan
    • Acting for Mosaic on its acquisition of Sirius Point’s Managing Agency and related strategic investment in Mosaic by Sirius Point alongside Golden Gate Capital.
    • Advising the management team of Asta on sale to BC Partners backed Davies Group.

    Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

    RPC leverages its successful record in corporate crime and regulatory investigations, private prosecutions, and financial crime litigation to act successfully for high-profile individuals facing SFO, FCA, HMRC, and international white-collar proceedings, ranging from interviews under caution through to full-scale representation in criminal trials. The firm represents senior executives, directors, and global high net-worth individuals facing allegations of bribery, corruption, criminal fraud, and sanctions violations, among others. The practice is headed by criminal tax specialist Adam Craggs , financial crime litigator Michelle Sloane , and Sam Tate , a key name for global white-collar investigations.

    Practice head(s):

    Sam Tate; Michelle Sloan; Adam Craggs

    Testimonials

    ‘The team led by Adam Craggs is tenacious, tactically savvy and hugely successful.’

    ‘Adam Craggs has a calm and reassuring presence in all matters he is engaged in. He is ferocious when he needs to be but has the tactical nounce to know when to turn on the charm.’

    ‘Michelle Sloane takes no prisoners and fears nothing. She takes brilliantly original points and has the confidence to follow them through. She is innovative and inspiring.’

    ‘Adam Craggs and his team at RPC provide an outstanding service to any individual or corporation facing a civil or criminal tax investigation by HMRC. The team are all technically brilliant at tax law and all aspects of the Tax Tribunal.’

    ‘This is a White Collar team that genuinely cares about its clients.’

    ‘When instructed by them, the lay client made the observation that he had been surprised that the lawyers in the team had not just been his legal advisors. They had been people that were at the other end of the call in the darker moments when the individual was feeling most vulnerable.’

    ‘They have a go-getter attitude and are scarily thorough. No stone is left unturned and no piece of evidence is forgotten.’

    ‘They work miracles when acting for clients. The RPC White Collar team is no fuss, and no frills. They roll their sleeves up to do everything within their power to ensure the right result for the client.’

    Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 6

    Under the expert guidance of Adam Craggs , RPC has carved out a niche leading novel class action judicial review challenges against HMRC; the team is 'live to the peculiaries which confront clients when tax and adminstrative law meet'. Recent highlights have included challenges to the legality of HMRC search warrants and arrest powers, as well as claims in relation to national minimum wage legislation.

    Practice head(s):

    Adam Craggs

    Other key lawyers:

    Robert Waterson

    Testimonials

    ‘Excellent knowledge. Very client friendly.’

    ‘Robert Waterson: excellent instinct on which points to take.’

    ‘RPC are a very large, reputable and capable firm that acts with professionalism and high levels of expertise. Their team is always available to support the client needs during, and outside of, office hours and the support the team provided to our legal case throughout was exceptional.’

    ‘The individuals engaged with our legal case were supportive, friendly, professional, knowledgeable and hard working. I could not have asked for better support.’

    ‘There is a huge depth of knowledge in relation to dealings with HMRC and their practices and policies. The practical knowledge from having also dealt with a large number of public law cases involving HMRC means that they are live to the peculiaries which confront clients when tax and adminstrative law meet. That allows issues to be addressd in an effective and efficient manner focussing on the points of real importance.’

    ‘Adam Craggs is hugely impressive in his knowledge and experience of dealing with HMRC.’

    ‘The team is very experienced and knowledgeable of both regulated and non-regulated sectors which is key to our organisation as we operate in both environments.’

    Key clients

    Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation

    Metropolitan International Schools Limited

    Newcastle United Football Company Limited

    Stephen Hoey and others

    British Pregnancy Advisory Service

    Dr Simon Emblin and others

    News Group Newspapers Limited

    Full Circle Asset Management Limited

    M J W Asbestos Removal and Re-Insulation Services Limited

    Castco Testing Centre Limited

    News Media Association

    Oleg Deripaska/Filatona Trading Limited

    Work highlights

    • Representing the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation in a judicial review following a decision made in the Magistrates’ Court.
    • Representing Newcastle United Football Club in a judicial review relating to HMRC’s raid of St James’ Park in 2017, when search warrants were executed.
    • Representing the claimants in a judicial review of HMRC’s use of the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system.

    Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

    The 'pragmatic and commercial' three-partner team at RPC 'works well  with other departments to provide a seamless service' across the full range of restructuring and insolvency matters, including contentious, non-contentious, formal, informal and advisory work. Team head Finella Fogarty takes the lead on many of the most high-profile mandates handled by the team and is noted for her hands on approach and willingness to be 'in the trenches with her clients'. 

    Practice head(s):

    Finella Fogarty

    Other key lawyers:

    Paul Bagon; Tim Moynihan; Will Beck; Danielle Bennett

    Testimonials

    ‘It is a pragmatic and commercial team that works well together with other departments to provide a seamless service.’  

    The team has vast experience and up to date knowledge. They are easily approachable and reasonable in their fees/billing.’

    Finella Fogarty is an excellent practitioner, she is in the trenches with her clients, fights hard for them but is pragmatic and solutions-oriented.’

    Tim Moynihan is an experienced insolvency lawyer who is able to advise on a variety of issues.’

    Paul Bagon provides very practical and to the point advice.’ 

    Key clients

    Ernst & Young

    FRP Advisory

    Quantuma

    Frasers

    LINK

    Dr Vijay Mallya

    Work highlights

    • Provided in-depth specialist insolvency and regulatory advice to LINK in relation to its resolution planning obligations and arrangements in a highly complex and untested area of law.
    • Advising the Joint Administrators of Corbin & King Limited in respect of all matters arising out of its administration.
    • The firm continues to act for Dr Mallya in connection with a multibillion-pound debt claim brought against him by a consortium of Indian banks, including  related bankruptcy proceedings.

    Public sector > Education: schools

    Private client > Art and cultural property

    Davina Given (who has a ‘keen mind’) heads the group at RPC that is particularly recommended for its work on a range of major art disputes. Key clients include auction houses, collectors/copyright owners as well as dealers, wealthy individuals, insurers and foundations.

    The Firm: At RPC we have a single goal: to help you achieve your ambition. We’ll do this through quality legal advice, knowledge of your market and a deep understanding of you, your business and your goals.

    Accredited as Best Legal Adviser every year since 2013, we know the value of building trust and providing a great client service. We specialise in insurance, technology & media, regulatory, commercial & financial disputes and retail & consumer.

    You’ll find organisations of all types and size among our clients, including large multinationals, growing corporates, financial institutions and other professional practices. All of them choose RPC for the outcomes we’re known for in contentious and non-contentious matters.

    Brilliant lawyers and stellar international service. As a member of the TerraLex global network, we’re connected to more than 600 offices with 19,000 lawyers in over 100 countries. All that as well as the 850 people and 124 partners at our offices in London, Bristol, Hong Kong and Singapore. And as a founding member of Global Access Lawyers, we’re also part of a group of 400 insurance law specialists in 43 offices worldwide.

    Principal areas of work

    Advertising & Marketing: Be noticed for the right reasons. We’ll guide you through the complexities of advertising regulation, data collection/exploitation, consumer regulation, digital/new media, sponsorship, licensing, agency agreements, UK and international copy clearance and brand-protection strategies.

    Banking & Financial Markets Disputes: A conflict-free banking litigation practice, we specialise in investment banking and funds management – particularly the capital markets. We can act against large investment banks and work ‘off-panel’ in disputes between banks where one party’s usual firms are not able to do so.

    Civil Fraud: If you need to investigate the cause and scope of wrongdoing, mitigate the damage, pursue the wrongdoers and trace the asset, we’re on your side.

    Commercial Contracts: Get your agreements delivering more. 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: We know litigation inside out. At any one time, more than half of our lawyers are handling complex, large-scale global disputes.

    Competition: Merger control, compliance, cartels, antitrust and competition litigation. We’re here to advise you on all aspects of EU and UK competition law. Whether you’re a claimant or a defendant.

    Construction: We defend negligence claims against engineers, architects, designers, contractors, mechanical and electrical engineers, and quantity surveyors. Insurance plays a big part in the management of construction risk. We resolve complex construction disputes cost-effectively.

    Corporate/M&A: We will support your growth and development through industry-best corporate transaction advice, be it M&A, private equity investments, refinancing or joint ventures, internationally.

    Employment, Engagement & Equality: Restructuring your business? Realigning your workforce? We’ll advise you on all the employment issues. Such as navigating TUPE and large-scale redundancy programmes, including collective consultation.

    Finance: We advise on leveraged and acquisition facilities, to commercial loans and banking facilities, we offer a full range of banking and lending services including all aspects of corporate funding, and support growing corporates, start-ups, funds, and private equity clients.

    Insurance & Reinsurance: For over 70 years, we’ve been helping insurers achieve their ambitions internationally. From complex claims to 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 & Outsourcing: Technology drives all businesses. Our dedicated team provides technology-specific advice on intellectual property, outsourcing, data protection, M&A, regulatory matters and dispute resolution.

    Media: We are defendant-focused and handle all manner of disputes involving media companies from defamation and privacy complaints, to data protection, contempt and reporting restrictions issues, including advice on content risks to the various press regulators.

    Real Estate: If you’re looking to acquire new premises, dispose of property or revamp your rental arrangements, talk to us. We act on investment purchases and sales (direct and “wrapper” basis), sales and leasebacks and development projects.

    Regulatory: Many of the world’s largest financial, corporate and professional services firms come to us for robust compliance strategies. Our regulatory team can meet your growing needs for joined-up advice across regulatory regimes. We will help you stay compliant and adapt to regulatory change.

    Retail: Turn challenges into opportunities with our award-winning retail team. Over 70 people at RPC advise retailers through every stage of their lifecycle. We are a preeminent and long-standing advisor to many of the leading retailers, internationally.

    Restructuring & Insolvency: The consequences of financial distress and insolvency are far-reaching. Our insolvency team provides expert advice and wide-ranging expertise to everyone affected.

    Tax: Our specialist tax lawyers deal with all corporate tax affairs for corporate and commercial transactions; including tax enquiries, tax litigation, criminal investigations/ managing dawn raids and defence of prosecutions for tax fraud.

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Managing partner James Miller
    Senior partner Oliver Bray
    Advertising & Marketing Oliver Bray
    Banking litigation Tom Hibbert
    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
    PhotoNamePositionProfile
    Scott Ashby photo Scott AshbyScott is a Partner in the Professional and Financial Risks department. He…
    Zoe Eastell photo Zoe EastellLegal Director. Zoe Eastell is a highly experienced insurance lawyer with particular…
    Ben Goodier photo Ben GoodierBen is an insurance partner with particular specialism in defending claims against…
    Daniel Guilfoyle photo Daniel GuilfoyleDaniel is a Partner with experience of advising on a broad range…
    Fiona Hahlo photoMs Fiona HahloPartner Fiona Hahlo handles a broad range of personal injury claims and…
    Rachael Healey photo Rachael HealeyRachael Healey specialises in professional indemnity and financial services dispute resolution work.…
    Peter Mansfield photo Peter MansfieldPeter trained and qualified in London before moving to Bristol in 1994.…
    Robert Morris photo Robert MorrisRobert is a partner and specialises in professional indemnity and financial institutions…
    Claire Revell photo Claire RevellPartner. Claire Revell is an insurance litigator who specialises in defending professionals…
    Andrew Roper photoMr Andrew RoperAndrew Roper deals predominantly with subrogated recoveries from a wide range of…
    Will Sefton photo Will SeftonWill Sefton specialises in defending professionals and company directors, and advising liability…
    Number of UK partners : 93
    Number of other UK fee-earners : 254
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