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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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Government ban on winding-up petitions welcome step – but this needs to extend beyond 30th June deadline

Published on 28 April 2020

Measures announced by Business Secretary, Alok Sharma to protect commercial tenants from aggressive debt recovery actions during the coronavirus crisis are a welcome step for retailers, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm. Many retailers have seen a catastrophic drop in sales during the lock-down.

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Reports of market manipulation hit 822

Published on 27 April 2020

822 reports of suspected market manipulation were made to the FCA last year (year end Dec 31 2019) by market participants, suggesting that the problem is far from being eradicated*, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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RPC advises liquidators on the sale of the UK's oldest newspaper Jewish Chronicle to a consortium of new owners

Published on 27 April 2020

City-law firm RPC have advised the liquidators on the sale of the UK newspaper Jewish Chronicle to a newly incorporated company, JC Acquisition Limited, established by a Consortium led by Sir Robbie Gibb, former Head of Communications at 10 Downing Street.

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Placing a moratorium on winding-up petitions will protect retailers and help contain COVID-19 business interruption

Published on 16 April 2020

Placing a moratorium on “petitions” to make retail businesses insolvent would protect retailers and help contain business interruption caused by COVID-19, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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RPC advises on the sale of a majority stake in British luxury luggage brand Globe-Trotter to Oakley Capital

Published on 15 April 2020

RPC has advised the owners of British luxury luggage brand Globe-Trotter on the sale of a majority stake to the private equity firm Oakley Capital. RPC acted as English counsel, supporting Japanese law firm southgate in its role as global deal counsel.

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RPC advises leading metal processing company Metal Technology Co. Ltd on its acquisition of Sandvik Powder Solutions AB

Published on 08 April 2020

RPC have advised Metal Technology Co. Ltd., a leading metal processing company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, on the acquisition of Swedish based Sandvik Powder Solutions AB.

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RPC boosts professional indemnity team with well-respected insurance partner hire

Published on 31 March 2020

UK-headquartered law firm RPC has hired professional indemnity specialist Scott Ashby as Partner to join the firm's leading insurance team in Bristol. Scott joins from Beale & Co, where he acted for a wide variety of national and international firms, defending them against claims brought against lawyers and accountants. Scott joined RPC on 30 March 2020.

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Environment Agency investigations into businesses increase 12% since 2018

Published on 24 March 2020

The number of investigations into businesses launched by the Environment Agency increased by 12% from 5,518 in 2018 to 6,164 in 2019, says RPC, the City-based law firm.

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RPC moves UK offices to remote working

Published on 18 March 2020

International law firm RPC has asked all its people in the UK to work remotely, with immediate effect. The firm will keep its London and Bristol offices open and operational to ensure it can continue to offer the highest levels of service to its clients, but the vast majority of its people will be working away from RPC premises until further notice.

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UK litigation funder “war chests” hit record high of £1.9bn – up 46% in a year

Published on 17 March 2020

The value of court cases and cash directly held by UK litigation funders hit a record high of £1.9bn last year, up 46% from £1.3bn in 2017/18, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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City law firm RPC comments on UK Budget presentation - M&A, the Budget and Entrepreneurs' Relief – time to act?

Published on 11 March 2020

Ahead of today's Budget announcement by the UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the city law firm RPC takes a look at its impact for business.

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Understanding insurance megatrends

Published on 27 February 2020

Emerging megatrends in a fast-changing world, increasingly impacted by climate change, pose testing challenges for the insurance industry.

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How will insurers respond to the growing challenge of social inflation?

Published on 27 February 2020

‘Social inflation’ is becoming a major challenge for US insurers, and its effects may soon spread to the UK, says RPC, the City-based law firm at a seminar hosted in conjunction with their US partner firm, Hinshaw and Culbertson*.

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Fighting Financial Crime in the 2020s – Summary of discussion

Published on 26 February 2020

The Centre for Legal Leadership and the law firm RPC were delighted to co-host a panel this morning on the topic of 'Fighting Financial Crime in the 2020s'. The panellists comprised Lisa Osofsky, Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Lord Garnier QC, the former Solicitor-General, and Amanda Pinto QC, Chair of the Bar Council of England & Wales.

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Andy McGregor, Partner and Head of Civil Fraud at RPC, has been named in the Client Choice Awards 2020 as the winner in UK Litigation.

Published on 18 February 2020

Andy has received high praise from long-standing clients, with one describing him as "an elegant litigator and leader". Others praised his "great experience, judgment and strategic acumen" and his "uncanny knack of working out exactly the best way to advance his client's case".

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Online harms: legislation will put UK businesses under pressure and threatens major reverse in liberalisation of censorship laws

Published on 17 February 2020

Broad and far-reaching plans to tackle so-called 'online harms', announced today by the Government, will introduce fresh red tape and put added pressure on many UK businesses, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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Coronavirus

Published on 13 February 2020

Businesses and their insurers will be monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak with increasing concern. As the Chinese government switches to crisis mode and the UK government warns that the country is unlikely to escape a "rapidly developing" global outbreak, what are the risks for industry and their insurers?

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RPC advises on purchase of Unika Group

Published on 03 February 2020

RPC has advised US-based IPS Corporation on its purchase of Unika Group, a leading UK manufacturer of kitchen and flooring products and sealants.

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Disputes over trade marks hit record high of 3,600 – up 21% last year

Published on 03 February 2020

The number of challenges to trade mark applications hit a record high of 3,611 last year*, a rise of 21% from the 2,983 filed in the previous year, says City-headquartered law firm, RPC.

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RPC advises Kudan on investment in tech company Artisense

Published on 31 January 2020

RPC has advised Kudan Inc. on its highly complicated multi-jurisdictional investment and eventual acquisition of Artisense Corporation, a leading tech company specialising in artificial intelligence, founded in 2016 and headquartered in California with its main business based in Germany. Kudan now holds a 12% shareholding, to be followed in several stages by the purchase of the remaining shares.

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Banking litigation in 2020 – what to look out for

Published on 23 January 2020

The growing use of class actions and the replacement of LIBOR are expected to be key issues to look out for in banking litigation in 2020, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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RPC advises Comhar Capital on minority stake in The Lakes Distillery for £4.25m

Published on 17 January 2020

RPC advised Comhar Capital on the £4.25 million investment in The Lakes Distillery, a Cumbrian-based whisky distiller.

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RPC hires business restructuring partner to bolster restructuring and insolvency capabilities

Published on 16 January 2020

City-headquartered law firm RPC has hired business restructuring partner Finella Fogarty to work across its disputes, commercial and corporate practice. She joins from DWF, where she was head of the firm's Business Restructuring practice, becoming partner in 2014 after joining from DLA Piper.

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Six major global trends in insurance in 2020: RPC’s Annual Insurance Review

Published on 08 January 2020

The fallout from protests such as Extinction Rebellion and the increasing popularity of ‘telemedicine’ – medicine over the internet – are just two of the major trends that are set to impact insurers in 2020, according to RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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48% rise in the value of fines issued to audit firms by the FRC – nearly £25m in 2019

Published on 02 January 2020

There has been a 48% increase in the value of fines issued by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) to audit firms in 2019. Fines issued to auditors have risen to £24.9m in 2019 (year to December 31) from £16.8m in 2018*, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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Worrying decline in use of HMRC mediation to settle tax disputes

Published on 20 December 2019

HMRC figures show a worrying decline in use of mediation to settle tax disputes in the past year, with the number of cases entering mediation falling 25% from 553 in 2017/18 to just 417 in 2018/19*, says City-headquartered law firm RPC.

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Why we need a super regulator

Published on 17 December 2019

The high street is experiencing a rash of administrations, but could regulators fix the mess?

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RPC appoints Director of Information Technology

Published on 26 November 2019

City-headquartered law firm RPC is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Denison as Director of Information Technology, starting work at the law firm on 6 January 2020.

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Beer trademarks hit record high of 2,500 in a year

Published on 25 November 2019

The number of trademarks registered for beer in the UK has hit a record high in 2018, jumping 6% to 2,519, up from 2,372 in 2017*, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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Arrests made by HMRC fall to five-year low

Published on 25 November 2019

The number of arrests of taxpayers made by HMRC for suspected tax evasion has fallen to a five-year low of just 782 in the last year*, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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RPC refreshes partnership structure to offer greater choice for lawyers and depth for clients

Published on 19 November 2019

City-headquartered law firm RPC is introducing a number of new senior level roles for lawyers to reflect the changing expectations of its people, the market, and client demand.

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City law firm RPC comments on Labour cyberattack

Published on 12 November 2019

Earlier today media reported that the UK Labour Party became victim of a sophisticated Cyber attack.

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City law firm RPC comments on Saracens fine

Published on 06 November 2019

Yesterday, the Premiership Rubgy fined UK Rugby champions Saracens with a 35 point deduction and £5.36 million for breaching salary cap rules.

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RPC advises Ebury on sale of majority stake to Santander for £350m

Published on 06 November 2019

RPC advised UK based fintech Ebury on sale of a majority stake to Banco Santander, a leading retail and commercial bank, founded in 1857 and headquartered in Spain. Ebury is a UK-based fintech company specialising in trade and foreign exchange facilitation for SMEs, operating in 19 countries and across 140 currencies.

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No let-up in retail sector insolvencies – 1,252 last year

Published on 30 October 2019

New data published today shows that there has been no let-up in the number of retail businesses entering insolvency, with 1,252 insolvencies in the sector in the last year, up from 1,232 the year before says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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E-retailer takeovers rise as high street decline increases pressure to grow online sales

Published on 28 October 2019

The number of M&A deals for UK e-retailers has risen to 12 in the past year*, up from eight last year, says City-headquartered law firm RPC.

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‘Craft’ spirits boom continues, driving new trade mark registrations to a record high

Published on 21 October 2019

The expansion of the UK craft spirits industry shows no sign of abating, with the industry filing a record number of trade mark registrations in the last year, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm. The number of new trade marks registered for spirits jumped 12% in the past year, with 2,482 filed in 2018, up from 2,210 in the previous 12 months.

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