Dispute resolution is at the heart of RPC's practice. Over 160 of our lawyers 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, 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, and the opening of RPC offices in Singapore and Hong Kong has expanded our international reach.
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.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Banking and finance
- Civil fraud and international asset tracing investigations
- Commercial litigation
- Competition litigation
- Insurance and reinsurance
- IP and technology
- Professional risks
- Restructuring and Insolvency
Selected directory listings
- "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
- "RPC offers ‘quality advice and business knowledge’" - The Legal 500, 2012 edition
- "This impressive team is in growth mode" - Chambers UK, 2012
Banking and financial markets dispute resolution is one of our core areas of strength. Our dedicated team of partners, led by our Head of Financial Disputes, Tom Hibbert, focuses on banking and finance related disputes.
We have experience in a broad range of banking and finance related disputes and specialise in claims in the investment banking and fund management arena particularly in the capital markets.
We have extensive experience acting for institutional investors, borrowers, and market counterparties against large investment banks. Unlike most City firms we can take on instructions which make us adverse to the investment banks.
Our clients, often international, include hedge funds, pension funds, European banks, large corporates, and high net worth individuals and family offices. We also work alongside third party funders on a significant number of matters.
We are also well placed to act for investors and counterparties in proceedings arising out of the ongoing LIBOR, ISDAfix and Reuters FX market manipulation investigations.
- "Excellent market reputation as a go-to firm for conflict referrals. Extensive experience acting against large investment banks" - Chambers UK 2014
- "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" - Chambers UK 2014
- "RPC maintains its reputation as one of the first ports of call for conflict referral work, and the team has built up an impressive track record in acting against banks for corporates and investors" - Chambers UK 2013
- "The team is absolutely 'first-class,' 'really superb' and 'absolutely exceptional,' and that it 'provides a fantastic service for clients'" - Chambers UK 2013
Our areas of expertise include:
- Asset management and funds related disputes
- Derivatives and structured finance - particularly disputes concerning highly complex structured products, including ABSs, CDOs, interest rate swaps, credit default swaps, distressed debt instruments, and SIVs
- Disputes arising from lending, including resolution of contractual issues, recovery of security, insolvency, title, and priority issues
- Disputes arising out of large scale financial mis-selling, including claims for misrepresentation and prospectus liability
- Disputes relating to financial services regulation, especially concerning directors' and officers' liability
- Recoveries of assets following fraudulent or other unlawful transactions, including tracing the assets (such as bank accounts or real estate) in the UK and internationally, and obtaining necessary court orders, including worldwide freezing injunctions
- Trade finance disputes arising from instruments such as letters of credit, performance bonds, and guarantees
Examples of relevant work
- Acting for the asset manager of a well-known pension provider in respect of claims for investment losses in excess of £100m deriving from SIVs, synthetic CDOs, ABS FRNs, and money market funds
- Advising an overseas bank as to its potential remedies arising out of a disputed derivatives trade, where the potential liability under the currency option exceeded $650m
- Acting for CF Partners, a carbon trading hedge fund and advisory firm, in a significant breach of confidence claim against an investment bank relating to misuse of business opportunities
- Acting for the managers in substantial injunction proceedings in relation to a distressed debt fund with assets of €200m
- Acting for the investor in the appeal in JP Morgan v Springwell Navigation Corporation in a $500m claim involving allegations of mis-selling, negligent advice and misrepresentation relating to emerging market securities. Regarded as one of the most significant mis-selling cases of recent years