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In business, when you face significant risk, or are presented with major opportunity, you need strong advisers to support you. Strong advisers who have a deep understanding of your company - your industry - who can apply their legal expertise to the commercial context in which you operate. You also need people you can trust. And, when all else is equal, people you get along with. That's RPC. And that's why the firm was accredited as Best Legal Adviser nine years in a row, including coming out top overall in both 2013 and 2015. The firm combines a commercial outlook with forward thinking innovation, delivering a high-quality business law service to UK and international clients.

Types of work undertaken:  Commercial disputes: the full scope of dispute resolution, whether in the High Court in London, the appeal courts, arbitration or tribunals. Experienced at negotiation and mediation.

Competition: the full range of EU and UK competition law services, including merger control, antitrust and competition litigation for both claimants and defendants.

Corporate/M&A: full range of transactional and advisory work, including M&A, private equity investments, refinancing, restructurings and joint ventures. Corporate finance work covers IPOs on the Official List and AIM or secondary offerings.

Corporate and business crime: advises corporates, directors and senior managers in domestic and international criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions.

Corporate insurance: specialist commercial and corporate advisory and transactional work for all insurance market participants.

Employment, pensions and incentives: TUPE advice in relation to M&A and outsourcings, discrimination claims, dismissals, redundancies, compliance matters, policies and procedures, training programmes, High Court litigation concerning infringement of restrictive covenants and team moves; contentious and non-contentious pensions advice.

Finance: non-contentious – corporate lending and security, acquisition finance, property/development finance, asset and receivables financing; contentious – acts for institutional investors against large investment banks; particular expertise in capital markets.

Insurance and reinsurance: specialist teams focusing on claims involving UK property, international property, power and energy, political risk, trade credit and terrorism, subrogated recoveries, reinsurance, technology and cyber, product liability, EL/PL, medical negligence, environmental, health and safety, accountants, lawyers, brokers, directors and officers, financial institutions, and construction and engineering. Advises on policy wordings and provides loss adjusting services.

IP, technology and outsourcing: transactional and dispute resolution, including franchising, trade marks, patents, confidential information, design rights and copyright, e-commerce, data protection and competition. Outsourcing ranges from simple service contracts to complex offshore arrangements.

International trade and arbitration: complex multi-jurisdictional litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution. Clients include commodities suppliers, charterers, insurers and energy companies.

Media: defamation, privacy, contempt, copyright, data protection, reporting restrictions and freedom of information, predominantly for media defendants. Provides pre-publication advice and advice on jurisdictional challenges in media claims. Advises on promotions, acquisitions, e-publishing, publishing agreements and digitisation agreements.

Real estate: advises on property investment, development and finance, regeneration projects, and landlord and tenant matters for property holding companies and institutional investors, developers or corporate occupiers, including acquisitions, disposals, leases and portfolio management.

Regulatory: advises on contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues in the financial services sector, with particular expertise in the insurance and wealth management sectors.

Restructuring and insolvency: solvent schemes, business transfers, restructuring debt facilities, alternative risk transfers and run-off. Particular expertise in insurance insolvency.

Tax: contentious and non-contentious; direct and indirect; pre-emptive advice on tax risk issues; enquiries; criminal investigations and litigation including customs duty, EU law and judicial review. Non-contentious advice includes corporate taxation, property tax, employment and benefits, VAT and stamp duty.

  • Number of UK partners: 73
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 246

Above material supplied by RPC.

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    One of the most common concerns for both parties to an insurance contract (including reinsurance) is that the other party might become insolvent and unable to perform its obligations under the contract. Both insurer and insured will therefore wish to have the right to cancel the insurance mid-term in the event of the other party’s insolvency, or a change in its financial circumstances that makes its insolvency a more likely prospect in the near future.
    - Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP

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