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Charles Buckworth

Charles Buckworth advises clients on a wide range of commercial matters, specialising in outsourcing and technology contracts.

Charles is a partner in the Commercial and Tech team and is a specialist tech and commercial lawyer across a broad range of sectors.  He has particular experience working on large-scale IT transactions and projects, including complex outsourcings across the financial services sector.  He also works on a range of other technology agreements for clients ranging from major corporates to start-ups.  

Charles trained at Allen & Overy LLP and arrived at RPC in 2016.  Since then he has formed a key part of RPC's tech and commercial practice and has grown an ever-expanding practice focused on tech, outsourcing and commercial contracts.  He was listed in The Lawyer's "Hot 100" for 2020.  He leads the firm's Fintech practice and also leads RPC's Tech Learning Programme which aims to ensure that RPC breeds a new generation of specialist tech lawyers.  Charles is also passionate about the firm's ESG priorities, and leads the firm's Health & Wellbeing ESG stream. 

Notable work this year includes advising on numerous strategic transactions and matters for the LINK Scheme (one of his longstanding clients) and advising on a large number of material IT and other transactions in the financial services sector (on both customer and supplier side), including for major brokers and insurers.  He is also active in the start-up space across a number of sectors, helping many of the firm's start-up clients establish businesses focusing on a range of services and technology, including SaaS, platforms, data analytics and ESG.  


The Lawyer Hot 100 2020 RPC law

Directory quotes

"Charles Buckworth and Leigh Gapinski work tirelessly, often against pressing deadlines and with numerous and diverse stakeholders to ensure solutions are delivered to complex requirements." - Legal 500 UK 2023

Next Generation Partner - The Legal 500 UK 2022

Next Generation Partner - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

"Charles Buckworth, Mark Crichard and Jonathan Greenway are professional, knowledgeable, skilled in the art of negotiation and work tirelessly to meet what are often unrealistic and stretching time pressures." - The Legal 500 UK 2021

"Great all-round commercial lawyer" - The Legal 500 UK 2020


Relevant work

  • Advising major insurers and brokers on a range of commercial contracts and outsourcing agreements 
  • Advising a range of financial institutions and large corporation on GDPR and data compliance
  • Advising on a key IT outsourcing for a major financial institution
  • Advising on a website and software development agreement for a UK corporate
  • Advising on the restructuring of a major UK payment system and the re-negotiation of an outsourcing agreement for key services
  • Advising on a collaboration between a mobile money operator and mobile money provider
  • Working for a major international airline on "software-as-a-service" arrangements following the sale of its software development business
  • Developing internal and external data protection policies for a major UK publisher.