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RPC LLP - London
  • Tower Bridge House
  • St Katharine's Way
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • E1W 1AA
  • Tel:(020) 3060 6000
  • Fax:(020) 3060 7000
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partner Jonathan Watmough
  • Senior Partner Robert Hogarth
  • Number of UK partners  74
  • Number of other UK fee-earners 240

THE FIRM Clients expect their lawyers to understand the law.What they really need are advisers who bring a clear understanding of their business and who can apply their legal expertise to the commercial context in which they operate. On this measure, you won’t find a better firm than RPC; the leading client satisfaction report for the legal sector recently placed RPC above all other law firms surveyed for quality of commercial advice.Combining this commercial outlook with its reputation for forward thinking and innovation, the firm delivers a high quality business law service to UK and international clients that is second to none.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
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.
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 Insurance: Specialist commercial and corporate advisory and transactional work for all insurance market participants.
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.
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 noncontentious 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 accountants, brokers, directors and officers, financial institutions, reinsurance, construction and engineering, environmental, health and safety, lawyers’ liability, property, subrogated recoveries, EL/PL, medical negligence and product liability. Advises on policy wording and provides loss adjusting services.
IP, Technology & 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 & 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 issues businesses face regarding the regulatory and prosecuting authorities. Particular expertise in the insurance sector; acts for one fifth of the agents in the Lloyd’s Market.
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; pre-emptive advice on tax risk issues; enquiries, investigations and litigation. Non-contentious advice includes corporate taxation, property tax, employment and benefits and VAT and stamp duty. Ref:

    Contacts
  • Commercial Disputes Geraldine Elliott
  • Competition Stephen Smith
  • Construction, Engineering & Projects Robert Hogarth
  • Corporate/M&A Tim Anderson
  • Corporate Insurance James Mee
  • Employment Cath Thorpe
  • Finance Gwyneth Macaulay
  • Insurance & Reinsurance James Miller
  • Intellectual Property, Technology & Outsourcing Jeremy Drew
  • International Trade & Arbitration Tim Brown
  • Media Keith Mathieson 
  • Pensions & Incentives Charles Suchett-Kaye
  • Real Estate Martin Barrett
  • Regulatory Steven Francis
  • Restructuring & Insolvency Vivien Tyrell
  • Tax Jonathan Levy

Branches

  • Tower Bridge House,
  • St Katharine's Way,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • E1W 1AA
  • Tel (020) 3060 6000
  • Fax (020) 3060 7000
  • DX 600 LONDON/CITY
  • Email : enquiries@rpc.co.uk
  • Website : www.rpc.co.uk

Banking Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent market reputation as a go-to firm for conflict referrals. Extensive experience acting against large investment banks. Advises on a broad spectrum of matters including derivatives, fraud and insolvency.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They're some of the best litigation solicitors in London. They're able to manage the client's expectation and costs. They provide a Rolls-Royce service."

Work highlights Represented the Agricultural Bank of Greece in a dispute with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in connection with the validity and enforceability of a complex swaps transaction.

Acted on behalf of CF Partners in relation to its high-value claim against Barclays and Tricorona alleging breach of contract and breached duties of confidence.

Notable practitioners  

Praised for his commercial judgement and legal acumen, Tom Hibbert heads the team at the firm. He has a leading reputation in the field. Sources describe him as "tremendously good at handling complex disputes involving complex financial instruments. He really understands the business of banking."

Simon Hart has a wealth of experience in the banking arena and regularly advises on capital markets matters and regulatory investigations.

Recent partner Andrew McGregor focuses his practice on banking and finance litigation and has specialist knowledge in derivatives, structured finance and credit default swaps. 

Significant clients Urs Haener, Artesian Capital Management, Blue Skye Special Opportunities Fund, CF Partners, Agricultural Bank of Greece.

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 14 other lawyers

What the team is known for A good reputation for representing an impressive roster of domestic and international clients in a range of transactions. A respected choice of FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 companies to advise on mid-market deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The service was absolutely excellent."

Market standing: "I have a lot of respect for them."  

Client service: "They are friendly, approachable and understanding."

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Euromoney Institutional Investors and Ofcom.

Work highlights Represented SCA Hygiene Products in its acquisition of Georgia-Pacific's European tissue businesses in 22 countries.

Represented ANV on its USD250 million acquisition of Flagstone Reinsurance's Lloyd's of London business.

Advising Windsor on its sale to Hyperion Insurance.  

Notable practitioners  

"Good operator" Tim Anderson advised Daily Mail and General Trust on its EUR30 million acquisition of Jobrapido, the Italian search engine. He heads the team.

Significant clients Dialog Semiconductor, Sports Direct International, Fox News, HMV, RSA.

Employment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned for advising mainstay clients of the insurance, utility and retail sectors involved in employment disputes. Growing expertise in handling the employment aspects of transactional matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Their strength lies in their pragmatism. They are very inclusive and they make you, as a client, feel that they're owning your problem."

Work highlights Acted for SCA Hygiene Products AB on the employment implications of its EUR1.32 billion acquisition of Georgia-Pacific's European tissue operations.

Notable practitioners  

Departmental head Cath Thorpe has a broad practice, with substantial expertise in handling restrictive covenants and whistle-blowing disputes from a respondent perspective.

Significant clients Veolia Environmental Services, Chubb Insurance Company of Europe SE, HMV, Waterstones, Arch Insurance Company.

Information Technology - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Offers a comprehensive IT, procurement and outsourcing practice. The group services a wide array of clients, including leaders in the technology, digital media and financial services sectors. Peers and market sources agree that the firm's profile is rising following continued investment in the department.

Notable practitioners

Jeremy Drew leads the firm's IP, technology and outsourcing group, and is a noted expert on the law affecting IP and commercial technology transactions in numerous jurisdictions.

Intellectual Property - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A growing practice that features a bench of skilful and experienced lawyers. Acts for market-leading clients in the retail, media and publishing industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They're extremely commercial, giving us the advice we need in a form they know will be appreciated by our key decision makers."

Client service: "They've built up a very detailed understanding of our business."

Work highlights Acted for Sports Direct in a number of matters, including trade mark infringement cases concerning the 'Lonsdale' brand.

Represented Apimed Medical Honey in a patent case in the Court of Appeal against a former licensee.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Jeremy Drew is a highly regarded partner with particular strength and experience in technology and retail matters. He acted, alongside David Cran, for Sports Direct in the 'Lonsdale' cases mentioned above.

Clive Thorne is known in the market as an experienced and capable practitioner. He recently represented the Copyright Licensing Agency in an infringement case against Capita. He is also an IP arbitrator.

David Cran has a broad IP practice, including trade mark, passing-off and design right work.

Significant clients HMV, Associated Newspapers, Dunlop, Reuters, National Trust.

Litigation - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Performs consistently well across the board on mainstream commercial disputes. Strongly supported by contentious teams focusing on specific industry sectors, such as real estate, media and employment. Noted for its expanding international reach. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "Practical and responsive – they are very good listeners who adapt their style of advice to something you can understand."  

Work highlights Represented Howard Miller/Diorite Securities in bringing a claim of fraudulent inducement of the sale of shares, a multi-jurisdictional dispute valued between CAD30–60 million.  

Acted for Svenska Cellulosa on a post-acquisition dispute with Procter & Gamble, regarding its purchase of P&G's European paper tissue business and involving a supply agreement and a pensions claim.

Notable practitioners

Tom Hibbert is marked out as a "very astute and experienced lawyer." He led the team representing Howard Miller/Diorite Securities in the complex fraud claim.

The "really impressive" Simon Hart has vast experience handling litigation related to banking, fraud and capital markets. He is also proficient in regulatory investigations.

Abigail Silver is known to clients as a "competent and thorough" litigator who keeps them "well informed." Her expertise covers disputes concerning partnerships, trusts and companies.

Significant clients DMGT, Sports Direct, Kaupthing (winding-up committee).

Professional Negligence - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Ably handles everything from audit and brokers' negligence to issues with barristers, solicitors, or construction professionals. Stands out for its work with IT and media professionals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "RPC's client focus is very good. Members make themselves available to us when we need to see them and they hit their deadlines."

Work highlights Successfully appealed a professional negligence claim that Beachcroft gave negligent advice to take legal settlement in an earlier accountancy negligence matter.

Defended Colliers International and its insurers in a valuation claim worth approximately EUR79 million.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Nick Bird, described as "astute and pragmatic," is highly reputed for his experience and expertise in handling claims relating to legal professionals.

Simon Greenley is an insurance specialist and regularly handles professional negligence claims in this context. Well regarded by peers, he regularly handles coverage and policy disputes.

According to one source, Simon Laird is "very strong on financial services" and someone they are "happy to use on high-value claims."

The "extremely charming" Katherine Rees is "one of the top players in the solicitors' negligence field." She is said to leave clients feeling reassured by going "above and beyond what they'd expect."

Paul Castellani is praised for being "quick and inventive." Peers note his strength on matters involving solicitors and brokers, with a lawyer from a rival firm describing him as a "constant thorn in our side" because of his ability.

Significant clients QBE, Aviva, WRB, AIG, Arch.

Real Estate Litigation - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Offers specialist advise to UK house builders on the potentially contentious aspects of major developments. Particular expertise in advising on rights of light matters in planning disputes.

Work highlights Instructed by Sports Direct to advise on potential disputes arising from its purchase of 17 premises formerly occupied by JJB Sports, now in administration.

Successfully represented Bellway Homes in the Cardiff High Court regarding an attempted obstruction to the house builder's planned development of 600 houses in Essex by competitors Cogent Land. 

Notable practitioners  

The "super" Tim Fogarty leads the team's real estate practice and is held in high regard by clients for his "calm and tactical" approach to litigation. One client highlights as "particularly important" his excellent response rate, stressing: "I never had to chase him." 

Senior associate Chhavie Kapoor is "very able," according to clients. She recently assisted the team with various landlord and tenant and rights of light-related matters. 

Significant clients Bellway Homes, Bovis Homes, Crest Nicholson, Imperial College London, Minerva.

Since publication, Chhavie Kapoor has left this practice.

Real Estate - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for investors, public sector bodies, developers and landowners. Specialism in energy and infrastructure work. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are positive, proactive, commercially astute and well connected."

Efficiency: "They are very quick and have never had any problems in terms of turning around legal documents. A lot of deals are time-sensitive and require huge commitment, working out of hours and weekends. We have never had any problems with the calibre of the work when that happens."

Technical ability: "They're seasoned people who have very strong experience and expertise."

What's new? New clients include Crest Nicholson, Minerva, St Modwen and Cheyne Capital.

Work highlights Acted for Sports Direct on the acquisition of 20 properties from the administrators of JJB Sport.

Advised Bedford Riverside Regeneration on its £50 million mixed-use redevelopment of a riverside site in Bedford.

Notable practitioners 

Sarah Cassidy specialises in energy and infrastructure real estate work, advising energy companies and industrial clients. Areas of expertise include pipe corridors, chemical site disposal and acquisition, and brownfield sites.

Significant clients Clydesdale Bank, ICI Group, Hadley Mace, Imperial College London, Carlton Power.

Professional Negligence - South West

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Bristol office of a leading City insurance law practice. Advises insurers and insureds on a wide array of matters. Works extensively with accountancy firms in regulatory and disciplinary work, delivering sophisticated advice on policy coverage.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "The RPC name signifies quality, and that's a good brand to have. That team is on an upward curve."

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Barnes specialises in claims against financial professionals. Client interviewees say he is "very clever," whilst peers also praise his litigation skills.

Simon Chandler is admired for his expertise in fraud matters and also recognised for his work with surveyors. Commentators characterise him as "highly dynamic."

Robert Morris mainly handles accountants' claims. A client said of him: "He is one of the best lawyers I know technically. He really does stand out. For big, difficult claims he is my first choice."

Clinical Negligence - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations recommended: London, Bristol

What the team is known for Handles complex clinical negligence cases for a variety of medical defence bodies, including well-known insurers, hospitals and individuals. Provides a full legal service to clinical negligence defence clients, in areas such as police and regulatory body investigations. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Practice breadth: "They have broad experience in lots of matters, including people who can handle a large class action. They are also very efficient and knowledgeable, and give you the comfort that you're dealing with people who know what they're doing."

What's new? Recently established a new Bristol office, extending the firm's geographical reach.

Notable practitioners  

Dorothy Flower maintains her position as a respected figure in the clinical negligence field, thanks to her continued appearance on many substantial, complex defence cases.

Significant clients Novae Underwriting, Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, BPAS. 

Commercial Contracts - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong reputation in the market for its dedicated commercial practice. Retail, IT and media are key areas of activity.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Strategic planning: Clients highlight the strategic, commercial and tailored nature of advice.

What's new? News International Newspapers and IPC Media secured as new clients.

Reappointed to Carillion panel.

Work highlights Acted for Associated Newspapers on UK-wide distribution agreements with its wholesalers, covering the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday and associated titles.

Advised Associated Newspapers on the master services agreement for creation of a DMGT branded app for smartphones.

Notable practitioners

Oliver Bray is highly regarded by peers, with clients describing him as a "fantastic" commercial lawyer. His practice covers retail, advertising, marketing and technology.

Sanjay Pritam is recognised by peers and clients alike for his commercial contracts work. He specialises in insurance, media and publishing, with experience in handling printing, publishing, supply chain, services, facilities management and logistics agreements.

Significant clients Serco Group, RSA, SCA Hygiene Products, Atlas Copco, Waterstones.

Construction - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Most known for its work on the supplier side of construction matters, but also acts for developers. Particularly busy dealing with infrastructure, mixed-use development projects, student accommodation and PFI-related construction disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
 Client service: "Adaptable to our requirements and innovative in its outlook." 

What's new? New clients include Murphy Group and Dorsett Hospitality. 

Work highlights Advised Carillion on refurbishment works for the National Grid.

Acted for Hadley Mace in relation to a mixed-use development in Greenwich.

Notable practitioners  

Sources say that Robert Hogarth is a "pillar of the construction law community – his tactical judgement is second to none." He specialises in resolving construction-related disputes of a domestic or international nature. 

Significant clients Morgan Sindall Group, VolkerWessels Group, Johnson Controls, Hadley Mace, AstraZeneca.

Defamation/Reputation Management - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for A pre-eminent defendants practice best known for its work for national newspapers and online publishers. Also has expertise in advising book publishers, insurers and broadcasters on defamation concerns.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Responsive, focused and commercial. They really cut to the chase and get on with it, give clear, punchy advice and resolve disputes economically."

Responsiveness: "Practical, responsive and very good listeners who adapt their style of advice to something you understand."

Technical ability: "First-class: they are thorough and perceptive, and draw on rich experience."

Work highlights Defended Associated Newspapers in a claim brought by Nathaniel Rothschild over an article outlining the role of Lord Mandelson's connections with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. The original trial was won by the defendant, as was the subsequent appeal.

Represented Google in a ground-breaking claim concerning alleged libellous comments posted on an online blog. The case was won at both the original trial and on appeal.

Notable practitioners  

"Exceptional" Keith Mathieson is best known for advising newspapers and other written media publishers on issues arising from editorial content. A "commercially sound, first-rate solicitor," he "never makes a bad judgement" and "is calm, thoughtful and effective." Sources observe that he is "brilliant with clients" and sum him up as "absolutely solid gold."

David Hooper acts on pre-publication matters for a variety of different clients. Sources praise his "vast experience, sharpness and intellect," and note that he is "always excellent to deal with." Whilst he is "robust in his advice," he "gets the balance right" in representing his clients' interests.

Significant clients Financial Times, News Group Newspapers, Times Newspapers, Telegraph Media Group, The Independent.

Education - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Experienced in a variety of matters for schools clients and related organisations, including M&A, establishment of new schools, policies and procedures, employment, admissions and exclusions. 

Notable practitioners  

The "magnificent" Geraldine Elliott heads the department. As a specialist in commercial litigation, she leads the team in many contentious education sector matters. 

Simon Henthorn is appreciated for his "calm, learned professional approach." 

Health & Safety - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 8 qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Handles high-profile health and safety work for a clutch of insurance clients. Experienced in dealing with HSE and police investigations, as well as manslaughter charges.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The service from RPC has been exceptional."

Industry knowledge: "Experienced, and has good links with insurers."

Notable practitioners 

Nick McMahon leads the health and safety group and acts for companies in the leisure and manufacturing sectors. Sources admire his sound interpersonal skills, and speak of him as a "good person to work with and an able practitioner." 

Sources describe Gavin Reese as "very experienced" and "a solid, switched-on litigator." Clients agree that "his commercial awareness and service are excellent."

Significant clients Catlin, OIM, Hiscox, Faraday, Arch.

Insurance - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Acts in many of the most high-profile, high-value cases in the insurance and reinsurance markets. Strong expertise across a range of areas, including property, D&O, financial institutions and natural catastrophes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "When it comes to insurance-related matters, RPC is top of the market. Their practice is for a large part insurance-driven, which makes them experts and able to respond to the needs of the insurance market."

Work highlights Advised various London Market underwriters and reinsurers, including QBE, SCOR and Amlin, on Anglo American's liabilities regarding silicosis claims brought by miners in South Africa.

Advising 14 major insurers on market co-ordination on riot claims arising from the UK riots of August 2011.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Greenley wins praise from the market for his insurance and reinsurance practice, with sources describing him as "extremely good" and "very sensible." He is notable for his experience in professional indemnity claims regarding financial institutions and frequently engages in overseas coverage disputes.  

Described as an "expert in his field, and very responsive," Simon Goldring is notable for his specialism in matters involving professional indemnity, D&O and claims relating to financial institutions.   

David Webster is praised for his expertise in reinsurance matters, having acting on many key cases over the past 30 years. He also handles direct insurance, wherein brokers' negligence claims are a key specialism.

Significant clients QBE, Munich Re, Allianz, ACE, RSA.

Insurance - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Offers specialist advice on corporate insurance transactions, distribution work and regulatory matters. Notable Lloyd's expertise, having conducted recent major M&A deals within this market. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Partner involvement: "We get plenty of partner time. We found that because they're not too large, there's a family feel and availability. For us it's a good-size firm. We get personal attention as well as technical expertise."

Industry knowledge: "The team are all expert practitioners in the London insurance market. They know how the market works, how Lloyd's works."

Market standing: "They seem to be on the way up. They've acquired a few people in the last year."

What's new? Ex-general counsel of Lockton International Charlotte Taggart joins the team, strengthening its transactional insurance expertise.

Work highlights Represented ANV in its acquisition of Flagstone Re's Lloyd's business, in a deal worth USD250 million.

Acting for the broker Windsor on its sale to Hyperion Insurance Group.

Notable practitioners  

James Mee devotes his practice to corporate insurance transactions, with particular strengths in M&A, syndicate deals and joint ventures. Clients compliment his expertise and responsiveness, with one remarking: "His strengths are an unwavering work ethic which sees him commit to delivering projects come what may. For such a high-profile partner at the firm, his client contact and relationship management are first rate."

Significant clients RSA, Beazley, Arch, Lloyd's Market Association, Asta. 

Media & Entertainment - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents clients in the publishing arena, and has a particularly highly developed newspaper practice. The firm also has noted strength in advertising and marketing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They seem very responsive, understand the needs of our business, see the bigger picture and provide tailored advice."

Industry knowledge: "Big players in the newspaper and newsgathering industries."

What's new? Paul Joseph was promoted to the partnership.

Work highlights Advised Associated Newspapers on its participation in the Lord Leveson inquiry into press practices, ethics and culture with regard to privacy law.

Advises the Daily Mail on its online and print promotions.

Notable practitioners  

Oliver Bray advises brand owners, agencies, retailers and technology companies on all aspects of advertising and marketing law. One client said he "continually provides robust advice in very tight timeframes and is an excellent resource to have at hand."

David Hooper is a specialist in publishing and acts for newspapers, publishing houses and well-known media figures, particularly in connection with privacy law and copy clearance. He is "always excellent to deal with – he gets the balance right between conservatism with regard to privacy laws, and art."

Significant clients Amazon.com, Faber & Faber, Google UK, Times Newspapers, Bloomsbury.

Outsourcing - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 1 consultant legal director
- 8 associates
- Office locations ranked: London 

What the team is known for Advises on a wide range of outsourcings involving clients from such sectors as financial services, media, logistics and local government. Brings in impressive track record in property services and infrastructure outsourcing agreements.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They have made huge efforts to understand the business and get to know us as a client. We have an excellent relationship and I have been really impressed with the level of service."

Commercial awareness: "The negotiations are critical, but the team establishes the right tone and ensures important points are captured."

Work highlights Advised Carillion on an infrastructure project concerning the refurbishment and upgrade of National Grid's overhead transmission network in England and Wales.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Scott is commended for his commercial approach to service-based contracts. "Rather than just advising on the flat-line legal position, he is able to interpret that position into a context and create dialogue around the best position." 

Significant clients Associated Newspapers, Harmsworth Printing, Johnson Controls, Serco, BDO. 

Partnership - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 1 director
- 3 associates

What the team is known for Contentious and non-contentious partnership advice focused on financial services and tax.

Notable practitioners 

Litigation head Geraldine Elliott is a key contact.

Product Liability - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains its significant roster of insurer and corporate clients. Notable for its focus on the pharmaceutical and medical industries as well as its wide-ranging experience across other sectors such as automobile, telecoms and road and rail.

What's new? The firm gained Sompo Japan Insurance as a new client.

Work highlights Acted for Clover Leaf Products, the UK distributors of permanent facial filler Bio-Alcamid. The litigation is complicated by the need to distinguish between problems with the product and those arising from improper administration by individual practitioners.

Notable practitioners  

Stuart White heads the department and has experience in advising on product liability issues across various sectors such as energy, pharmaceuticals and construction.

Significant clients QBE, Munich Re, Catlin, HDI-Gerling, Generali.

Professional Discipline - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 11 associates
- Recommended office locations: London, Bristol

What the team is known for Represents clients from a broad range of regulated professions, including healthcare, the financial services, legal and accountancy firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I found RPC professional, helpful and understanding, and it provided advice when it was off the clock."

Work highlights Defended members of the law firm Giambrone Law in the first instance of Registered European Lawyers being subject to Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal proceedings.

Notable practitioners  

Clare Jaycock is head of medical regulation at the firm, and regularly defends clients at the GMC and Health Care Professions Council. She recently represented an educational psychologist specialising in assessing autistic children in allegations challenging their fitness to practise.

Significant clients Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, British Pregnancy Advisory Service, British Osteopathic Association, Novae Syndicates, Mazars.

Retail - UK-wide

What the team is known for Focuses predominantly on representing high-street and online retailers in all aspects of their business, including commercial agreements, licensing deals and joint venture agreements. Also adept in advertising and IP infringement matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "It comes down to the group's understanding of our business. The quality of the advice has been spot-on."

What's new? Attracted new clients such as Amazon.com, Google and The Ethical Coffee Company.

Work highlights Represents Sports Direct in a multi-jurisdictional dispute with Lonsdale, and advised on its acquisition of 19 stores from JJB Sports.

Provides Amazon.com with branding and advertising campaign advice, as well as acting on its comparative advertising campaigns in the UK and Europe.

Notable practitioners  

Oliver Bray leads the retail group and is the key contact.

Significant clients Sports Direct, Waterstones, Cineworld, Wowcher, lastminute.com.

Tax - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Strong expertise acting for clients on HMRC civil and criminal investigations, as well as UK and ECJ tax cases, and particular expertise advising clients on GLOs. Several key practitioners have previous experience working at HMRC.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "RPC stand out for their clear, high-quality, unambiguous advice and commercial focus. Their aim is on achieving results and resolution, fast and efficiently."

Efficiency: "The team is highly efficient in identifying the key issues quickly. Once these issues are identified they quickly summarise the possible ways forward, and once these are decided they implement with maximum effectiveness."

Work highlights Acted for Greene King on a dispute with HMRC concerning the correct tax treatment of intra-group finance arrangements.

Acted for L'Oreal (UK) Limited in a multimillion-pound High Court claim against HMRC relating to the fallout from various Advance Corporation Tax litigations.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Levy heads the tax dispute resolution group, advising clients on HMRC enquiries and investigations, and handling tax litigation. Sources attest that he is "a very knowledgeable and erudite" representative.

Adam Craggs handled the Greene King matter. He receives widespread acclaim in the market, with one interviewee noting: "Adam Craggs brings extensive experience as a former HMRC lawyer, combined with a sharp intellect and strategic focus. He focuses strictly on the most efficient way of achieving the desired result."

Significant clients Iliffe News & Media, BSkyB, Moët Hennessy, Dialog Semiconductor, Lookers.