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Managing Partner: James Miller
Senior Partner: Rupert Boswall
Number of UK partners: 70
Number of other UK fee-earners: 340

Contacts
Banking Litigation: Tom Hibbert
Commercial Contracts: Mark Crichard
Commercial Disputes: Geraldine Elliott
Competition: Lambros Kilaniotis
Construction, Engineering & Projects: Dan Preston
Corporate & Business Crime: Sam Tate
Corporate/M&A: Karen Hendy
Corporate Insurance: James Mee
Employment: Patrick Brodie
Finance: Sukh Ahark
Insurance & Reinsurance: Simon Laird
Intellectual Property, Technology & Outsourcing: Jeremy Drew
International Trade & Commodities: Stuart Shepherd
Media: Keith Mathieson
Real Estate: David Johnston
Real Estate Litigation: Geraldine Elliott
Regulatory Advisory: Richard Burger
Regulatory Enforcement: Richard Burger
Restructuring & Insolvency: Vivien Tyrell
Tax: Adam Craggs

THE FIRM 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 — and who can apply their legal expertise to the commercial context in which you operate. You also need people you can trust. And, when all else is equal, people you get along with. That’s RPC. And that’s why the firm has been accredited as Best Legal Adviser nine years in a row, including coming out top overall in both 2015 and 2013. RPC combines a commercial outlook with forward thinking innovation, delivering a high quality business law service to UK and international clients.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK

Banking Litigation:

RPC are one of the leading conflict-free banking litigation practices in London and Asia, specialising in claims in the investment banking and funds management arena, particularly the capital markets. The firm can act against the large investment banks and also ‘off-panel’ in disputes between banks where one party’s usual panel firms are not able to do so.

Commercial Contracts:

Advises on consultancy agreements, NDAs, contracts for the supply of services and goods, IP licensing, data analytics services, sponsorship/endorsement, payment services, commercial insurance contracts, digital/IT contracts (from SaaS licensing through to major outsourcing) and terminations, variations and extensions of existing contracts. 

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.

Construction, Engineering & Projects:
Advises from inception to completion on domestic and international projects, including procurement, risk management, OJEU procedures, development finance, collateral warranties and other securities, live project advice, adjudication, arbitration and litigation.

Corporate & Business Crime:

Advises corporates, directors and senior managers in domestic and international criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions.

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 Insurance:

Specialist commercial and corporate advisory and transactional work for all insurance market participants.

Employment, Pensions & 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 & Reinsurance:
Specialist teams focusing on claims involving UK property, international property, power and energy, political risk, trade credit and terrorism, subrogated recoveries, reinsurance, insurtech, 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 & Outsourcing:

Transactional and dispute resolution, including franchising, trademarks, 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 & Commodities:
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 & 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.