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RPC advises Howden Broking on its acquisition of independent Superyacht Broker Sturge Taylor

Published on 19 March 2021

International law firm RPC has advised Howden Broking on its acquisition of independent superyacht insurance broker Sturge Taylor & Associates (STA Group).

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RPC reaches agreement to sell insurance software business to global tech company

Published on 12 March 2021

Insurance software business RPC Tyche has entered into an asset purchase agreement to sell its business to US-headquartered global cloud-native leader in risk analytics, QOMPLX.

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International law firm RPC hosts five female voices in its special edition of Taxing Matters podcast in recognition of International Women’s Day 2021

Published on 08 March 2021

To celebrate International Women's Day on 8th March, international law firm RPC has recorded a special edition of its Taxing Matters podcast. The episode is available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

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Leading RPC Retail team advises Comhar Capital on £10 million investment into ecommerce retailer Bazaar Group

Published on 05 March 2021

Law firm RPC has advised private equity firm Comhar Capital on its £10 million investment in Bazaar Group, a market-leading furniture manufacturer and ecommerce retailer. Through the investment, Comhar Capital will be acquiring a majority share in the business.

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Three RPC lawyers have been recognised in this year's "Who's Who Legal: Professional Negligence 2020"

Published on 26 February 2021

In its inaugural edition focused solely on Professional Negligence, three RPC partners Alex Anderson, Nick Bird and James Wickes have been recognised by leading legal practitioners and clients worldwide for their market-leading advice in relation to legal action involving alleged negligence or liability resulting from professional work undertaken.

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City Law firms partner with Rt Hon Justine Greening to play their role in the COVID-19 national recovery

Published on 16 February 2021

Former Education Secretary Justine Greening is working with City of London Law Society (CLLS) member firms to protect opportunities and boost social mobility.

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FCA opened 52 investigations into cryptocurrency businesses in the last year

Published on 15 February 2021

The FCA opened 52 investigations into cryptocurrency businesses in the last year* , says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm. However, the law firm says that this is likely to be just the tip of the iceberg in terms of cryptocurrency related activity that breaches regulatory rules or is illegal.

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RPC advises Mosaic on its Launch of Global Specialty Insurance Platform with Next-Generation Underwriting Capabilities

Published on 11 February 2021

Law firm RPC has supported a significant new insurance venture, advising next-generation global specialty insurer Mosaic in its newly formed Lloyd’s Syndicate 1609.

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RPC advises Assured Partners on the acquisition of Borland Insurance

Published on 05 February 2021

Law firm RPC has advised Assured Partners on the acquisition of leading Scottish broker Borland Insurance Limited. The transaction completed on 1 February 2021.

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RPC hires corporate partner to strengthen its M&A and equity capital markets team

Published on 29 January 2021

International law firm RPC is announcing the hiring of corporate lawyer Connor Cahalane as a partner. Connor joins a rapidly expanding Commercial practice which has added six new partners in the last eight months, having recently hired Tom Purton as well as internally promoted Henry Priestley, Chris Brierley, Ben Roberts and Andrew Carpenter to partner last year.

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RPC hires Hong Kong employment lawyer for its market-leading Commercial Disputes practice in Asia

Published on 25 January 2021

International law firm RPC has hired Employment lawyer Andrea Randall as Partner to join the firm's Commercial Disputes practice in Asia.

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RPC Employment partner comments on UK Government's plans to scrap 48 hour week

Published on 20 January 2021

RPC Employment Partner Kelly Thomson at the international law firm RPC comments on UK Governments plans to scrap 48 hour week.

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RPC hires senior Commercial Partner to expand its market-leading Commercial practice

Published on 14 January 2021

International law firm RPC has hired leading Commercial lawyer Tom Purton as a senior Partner to join the firm's expanding Commercial practice.

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RPC's Cyber Team Peer-Reviews Leading AI Research Paper

Published on 09 December 2020

A paper on emerging cyber threats was peer-reviewed by RPC's cyber law team and published in an international legal journal.

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Proposals to ban non-compete clauses in employment contracts would be unnecessary intervention

Published on 07 December 2020

Comments Patrick Brodie, Head of Employment Law of RPC the city-headquartered law firm:

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HMRC elite fraud team conducting 200 criminal investigations against the “enablers” of tax evasion

Published on 01 December 2020

HMRC has today confirmed that its elite fraud team revealed it is currently conducting 200 criminal investigations into professional advisers and other “enablers” of tax evasion.

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Let's talk Racial Diversity: Senior lawyers discuss ways to dismantle barriers to ethnic and racial diversity in the legal sector

Published on 25 November 2020

London, 25 November 2020: A group of leading law firms, hosted by the law firm RPC, discussed this morning ways in which the legal sector - not as representative of society as it could be - could be doing more to identify and dismantle the barriers that may exist to ethnic and racial diversity.

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RPC's latest promotion round sees three new partners join the firm's global partnership

Published on 06 November 2020

Law firm RPC is pleased to announce that it has promoted three lawyers into the partnership, with effect from 1 November.

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Sales at UK’s leading online only retailers reach record £11bn, up 13% in a year

Published on 04 November 2020

Sales at the UK’s Top 20 online only retailers reached a record high of £11bn in the last year, up 13% from £9.7bn the previous year*, shows research by RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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RPC advises Facebook on the much-anticipated independent Oversight Board

Published on 30 October 2020

Law firm RPC has supported Facebook, the world's largest social network and a longstanding RPC technology client, in setting up the much-anticipated Oversight Board, which will hear appeals and issue binding decisions about content moderation on Facebook's platforms.

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After slow start, HMRC launches 13 investigations into Corporate Criminal Offences

Published on 28 October 2020

New data published by HMRC shows that after a slow start, the Revenue has opened 13 investigations into businesses for suspected Corporate Criminal Offences, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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Investigations into coronavirus loan fraud begins, with 11 cases reported to Action Fraud

Published on 27 October 2020

Investigations into suspected fraud targeting the Government’s coronavirus emergency loan schemes have begun, with 11 reports of fraud to the City of London Police via Action Fraud says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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RPC signs the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge

Published on 13 October 2020

RPC Partner Tatiana Minaeva is proud to have signed the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge on behalf of the firm. It is aimed at improving the profile and representation of women in arbitration across the world.

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FCA imposes record low number of fines – down 75% since last year

Published on 12 October 2020

The FCA has imposed just four fines so far this year, a record low, down 75% from 16 issued in the same period last year*, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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RPC Comments on the Government's new Job Support Scheme

Published on 24 September 2020

Commenting on the Government's new Job Support Scheme, Kelly Thomson, employment lawyer and partner at the law firm RPC said: "The Chancellor's new Job Support Scheme has a completely different emphasis to previous furlough schemes. Support will be available only for viable jobs. And viability will be determined by whether the work exists now (albeit on a reduced hours basis). If there is no work to be done now – even if the role may be viable in the future – the scheme will not assist."

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Whistleblower reports to the FCA on ‘pressure selling’ jumped 23% last year

Published on 23 September 2020

The number of whistleblower reports made to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) relating to ‘pressure selling’ jumped 23% to 58 last year*, up from 47 the year before, says RPC, the city-headquartered law firm.

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RPC wins Luxury Deal of the Year at Luxury Law Awards 2020

Published on 07 September 2020

Law firm RPC has been awarded Luxury Deal of the Year at the Luxury Law Awards 2020.

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Whistle-blower reports to the ICO at record high in the last year – up 34%

Published on 07 September 2020

The number of whistle-blower reports made to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) about potential data breaches and the misuse of customer information by organisations* is at a record-high, jumping 34% to 427 in the last year, from 319 the previous year, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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RPC advises long duration insurance investor Beat Capital Partners on its Strategic Partnership with Bain Capital Credit

Published on 03 September 2020

Law firm RPC has supported a significant insurance transaction advising long duration insurance investor Beat Capital Partners in its strategic partnership with Bain Capital Credit, a leading global credit specialist.

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RPC wins TMT Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2020

Published on 01 September 2020

Law firm RPC has been named Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2020.

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Payments to informants increased by 63% in a year as HMRC cracks down on tax evasion

Published on 01 September 2020

The amount of money paid to informants by HMRC jumped 63% in a year to reach £473,000 in 2019/20, up from £290,250 the previous year, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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RPC advises luxury furniture retailer Timothy Oulton and the Halo Group on its acquisition of Sofa Workshop from DFS

Published on 28 August 2020

Law firm RPC has closed the latest in a string of high-profile retail transactions, acting for Timothy Oulton and the Halo Group on its acquisition of the Sofa Workshop from well-known high-street brand DFS.

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RPC joins Sustainable Recruitment Alliance

Published on 11 August 2020

City headquartered law firm RPC has joined the launch of the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance, which encourages the UK graduate recruitment industry to find more sustainable ways of attracting early talent and reducing their carbon footprint.

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HMRC withdrew more Accelerated Payment Notices than it issued last year

Published on 31 July 2020

HMRC has been forced to withdraw more of its controversial Accelerated Payment Notices (APNs) than it issued last year says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm. HMRC withdrew 370 incorrectly issued APNs compared to just 220 that were issued in 2019/20.

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RPC comments on ECJ's Schrems II judgment

Published on 16 July 2020

The European Court of Justice has issued today a landmark data protection judgment that will cause a GDPR compliance headache for many companies in the UK and EU.

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RPC comments on CAS decision regarding Man City/UEFA

Published on 14 July 2020

Man City have won away in Europe today, after the The Court of Arbitration for Sport (the “CAS”) overturned the ban on City participating in the Champions League, and found that City had not breached FFP rules by apparently disguising equity funding as sponsorship contributions.

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RPC signs Race Fairness Commitment

Published on 13 July 2020

City-headquartered law firm RPC has signed the Race Fairness Commitment (RFC) in partnership with Rare, which aims to combat the career obstacles faced by Black and other ethnic minority lawyers.

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RPC retains 92% of Trainees in latest UK intake

Published on 03 July 2020

City-headquartered law firm RPC has retained 92% of UK Trainees who are set to qualify in September 2020, meaning 11 out of 12 trainees have secured NQ solicitor roles. The remaining trainee decided not to join the qualification process as she is pursuing a career outside of law.

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Computers, Coronavirus and Collaboration

Published on 03 July 2020

The power of AI can be seen in the world's response to global healthcare issues, most recently with Covid-19. But with great power comes great responsibility. In this article we look at why collaboration is key to minimising the risks whilst getting the best out of the opportunities offered by AI.

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RPC appoints Oliver Bray as its new Senior Partner

Published on 25 June 2020

The City-headquartered law firm RPC has appointed Oliver Bray as its new Senior Partner for a three-year term by the firm's partnership. The Senior Partner role at RPC includes supporting the firm's Managing Partner on partnership affairs.

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RPC advises lead investor Mobeus Equity Partners on £4 million funding round for EdTech business MyTutor

Published on 19 June 2020

City-based law firm RPC has acted for lead investor Mobeus Equity Partners LLP in connection with its latest investment into EdTech business MyTutor, one of the leading digital platforms in the UK tutoring market. Mobeus was lead investor in the £4m investment round, the proceeds of which will be used to support MyTutor's ambitious growth plans.

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TerraLex hosts groundbreaking virtual global meeting proving nothing can stop the network from collaborating and working together

Published on 18 June 2020

17 June 2020 – TerraLex, one of the largest global law firm networks with 163 member firms in 100 countries, is innovating to help members weather the storm of the pandemic and economic downturn.

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RPC's Head of International Arbitration involved in launch of London Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation

Published on 04 June 2020

With Covid-19 continuing to ensure an increasingly unpredictable environment in which to do business, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched a new company to help firms resolve disputes.

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The new "normal" - transparency and flexibility in luxury commercial contracts

Published on 28 May 2020

Current events have forced luxury brands' commercial arrangements into the spotlight like never before. Brands have had to flex, and quick – whether through changing their production to essential garments or hand sanitiser, cancelling a new product launch or season's collection or finding new ways to market such as livestream shopping (on Chinese commerce platforms like Tmall or Taobao Live). Luxury brands have also been forced to have honest and transparent conversations with their consumers and other stakeholders about their current challenges – whether announcing pay cuts for executives, profit warnings or closures of their sales outlets (such as stores, restaurants, bars) and of manufacturing/distribution centres.

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HMRC ramps up use of new Account Freezing and Forfeiture orders to tackle suspected criminal activity

Published on 27 May 2020

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has ramped up its use of new Account Freezing Orders (AFOs) and Forfeiture Orders (FOs) to tackle suspected criminal behaviour, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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City-based law firm RPC comments on potential EFL club administrations

Published on 22 May 2020

Following a statement by Damian Collins, former Chair of the Commons Select Committee, that up to 10 football clubs could go into administration within weeks, unless they receive an urgent and substantial government bailout.

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RPC promotes 15 to partnership globally

Published on 07 May 2020

Law firm RPC will be promoting 15 lawyers to its partnership in 2020, spanning a broad range of contentious and non-contentious practices in the UK and Asia.

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RPC teams up with manufacturers by providing free legal advice on the production and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline NHS staff

Published on 06 May 2020

RPC has advised Augment Bionics on legal issues in relation to producing and distributing face shields for NHS staff dealing with COVID-19.

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Disputes Powerhouse RPC strengthens Team with senior hires for JLV in Singapore

Published on 04 May 2020

International law firm RPC has hired three partners, Boey Swee Siang, Navin Joseph Lobo, and Lin Yuankai, to strengthen its disputes, regulatory compliance and investigations practice for its joint legal venture (JLV) RPC Premier Law in Singapore.

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Law firm RPC comments on ground-breaking trade mark referrals case Sky v Skykick

Published on 01 May 2020

Today, Lord Justice Richard Arnold handed down a ground-breaking decision for trademark referrals in the UK High Court's case Sky v Skykick.

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