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RPC hires rising international casualty star in major boost to RPC's market-leading Insurance Group

Published on 21 July 2021

International law firm RPC has hired international casualty partner, Lucy Dyson, to join the firm's leading Insurance Group in London. Lucy joins RPC from DAC Beachcroft LLP, where she specialised in international casualty coverage and disputes. Lucy joins RPC on 21 July 2021.

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Gender diversity of newly-listed UK companies lags far behind listed companies

Published on 19 July 2021

Women accounted for just 25% of board members of newly listed companies on the London Stock Exchange significantly below the 36% of board members of FTSE100 companies reveals a study by RPC, the international law firm.*

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Value of carve-out deals increases 182% to £30.8bn in past year

Published on 12 July 2021

Corporates are sharpening the focus of their long-term strategies as they dispose of non-core business assets

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RPC advises Howden Group on the launch of Parhelion, the world's first fully sustainable insurer

Published on 16 June 2021

International law firm RPC has advised Howden Group, the international insurance group, on the launch of Parhelion, the world's first fully sustainable insurer.

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RPC advises Wave Optics on $500m sale to Snap Inc.

Published on 09 June 2021

International law firm RPC has advised Wave Optics on its sale to Snap Inc., a transaction valued in excess of $500m.

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£36m frozen by City of London Police as authorities increase use of Account Freezing and Forfeiture Orders

Published on 27 May 2021

The City of London Police issued Account Freezing Orders and Account Forfeiture Orders against assets worth £36m in 2020,* compared to less than £1m in 2019, shows research by international law firm, RPC.

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Investigations into Covid recovery loan fraud rise more than 50% in February 2021

Published on 24 May 2021

Bounce Back Loan (BBLs) fraud investigations by the City of London Police increased by more than 50% in February 2021 compared to the previous month, shows research from RPC, the international law firm.

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RPC Launches Global Access Lawyers with Cohort of Leading Insurance Law Practices

Published on 20 May 2021

International law firm RPC has today launched Global Access Lawyers; a connected global offering providing insurer clients easy access to recognised insurance law specialists across the globe.

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Rise in retail M&A – takeovers of distressed retailers represent 39% of all transactions

Published on 17 May 2021

The number of M&A deals in the retail sector increased from 25 in 2019 to 28 in 2020, shows new research by RPC, the international law firm.

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RPC advises Optio on acquisition of Northcourt, leading nuclear risk specialist

Published on 14 May 2021

Leading international law firm RPC has advised Optio Group – the speciality insurance MGA – on its acquisition of Northcourt, a leading nuclear risk specialist.

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Value of UK stock market fundraisings by retail companies jumps tenfold in a year

Published on 12 May 2021

Funds raising turns from repairing balance sheets to funding M&A opportunities

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Justice Calver hands down a judgment on Disclosure – FRN v JP Morgan

Published on 11 May 2021

Interesting decision on disclosure handed down this morning in the next stage of the Federal Republic of Nigeria's ongoing claim against JP Morgan.

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RPC promotes 10 new Partners to its global partnership in annual promotion round

Published on 04 May 2021

International law firm RPC is announcing the promotion of 10 lawyers to its global partnership, effective 1 May 2021.

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RPC advises client techUK as intervening party in landmark Lloyd v Google case in UK Supreme Court

Published on 29 April 2021

International law firm RPC supported its client techUK, a technology trade organisation, as an intervening party in the appeal of Richard Lloyd v Google LLC following the Supreme Court granting permission for techUK to submit a written intervention. The appeal is scheduled to be heard in the UK's Supreme Court on the 28 and 29 April. techUK's written submission can be found here.

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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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