Complex issues


Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution is at the heart of RPC's practice. Over 160 of our lawyers across our offices in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore are litigators, giving us the resource to handle large-scale and complex disputes. Our lawyers are equipped with deep specialist sector knowledge in a wide range of areas and have the skills to manage a host of disputes, whether in the High Court in London or in Hong Kong, the appeal courts, arbitration (international and domestic) or tribunals. The breadth of expertise and number of commercial litigators that we are able to call upon means that we can create a bespoke team to suit each matter, often at short notice.


We recognise that our clients rarely relish litigation. We are experienced at negotiation and mediation, often resolving disputes before trial. Our experienced lawyers are able to advise on the optimum methods of achieving the outcome you want and bringing a dispute to a speedy conclusion.

However, we also know that, in the current climate, litigation can be necessary: to uphold rights, to recover funds or to resist spurious claims. Customer inability to pay can manifest as contractual disputes and allegations of failed performance; problems that are masked by rising property and share prices turn into disputes when those prices are falling. In such cases we are able to draw on our specialist litigation experience to obtain the best commercial outcome for our clients.

The international nature of our practice regularly sees us working closely with firms from TerraLex, the global network of independent law firms of which we are a founder member. TerraLex's international reach means we have access to local litigation experts, no matter which jurisdiction your dispute involves. Most recently, for example, we have worked with fellow members in the USA, Taiwan, Colombia, Denmark, Bulgaria, Germany and Greece. We also have considerable experience co-ordinating litigation and arbitration across a number of jurisdictions.  The opening and growth of RPC offices in Singapore and Hong Kong has expanded our international reach significantly. 

We are recognised by the leading independent legal directories for our strength in dispute resolution and we have also invested in significant new hires with a specialty litigation focus both in the UK and our international offices.


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 Selected directory listings

  • "Versatile commercial disputes group comprising several specialist contentious teams, including tax, real estate, insurance and media. Loyal and growing client base includes a variety of well-known organisations" - Chambers UK 2016
  • "Their partners and associates are skilled, personable, pragmatic, hard-working and client-focused. We rate the firm very highly and consider them to be a critical part of our business" - Chambers UK 2016
  • "Client focus is one of RPC’s key strengths. They go the extra mile to ensure that clients are wholly aware of the risks and opportunities associated with their matter. Their bedside manner is unparalleled" - Chambers UK 2016
  • "RPC’s team ‘achieves considerable success’" - The Legal 500 UK, 2015 edition
  • "Well-respected international practice with a notable profile in the Asia-Pacific region" - Chambers UK 2015
  • "They do high-value, interesting and quality litigation" - Chambers UK 2015
  • "There are no weak members of the team and they seem very focused" - Chambers UK 2015
  • "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"- Chambers UK, 2014
  • "Practical and responsive – they are very good listeners who adapt their style of advice to something you can understand" - Chambers UK, 2014
  • "RPC’s team, led by Geraldine Elliott, ‘performs excellently’" - The Legal 500, 2013 edition
  • "Clients say the litigation group at RPC offers 'highly pragmatic, constructive and creative solutions" underpinned by "a background of absolutely knowing what's going on legally'" - Chambers UK, 2013


To read our Dispute Resolution publications, click here and to read our Commercial Disputes Blog, click here. For more information on our Dispute Resolution practice, contact Geraldine Elliott (