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HMRC paid £400,000 for information relating to tax fraud in past year

Published on 26 November 2021

Reports of Covid support scheme abuse increase.

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International law firm RPC launches global legal accelerator programme RPC Tectonic to support tech businesses in the ESG space

Published on 17 November 2021

International law firm RPC today announced that it is launching RPC Tectonic, a global legal accelerator programme focused on supporting technology businesses which are addressing environmental, social and/or governance (ESG) issues.

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RPC advises Ceres Power on strategic collaboration with RFC Power for long-duration energy storage

Published on 15 November 2021

International law firm RPC has advised Ceres Power Holdings plc, a global leader in fuel cell and electrochemical technology, on its joint development and equity agreements with RFC Power limited, a long-duration energy storage company.

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RPC comments on landmark Lloyd v Google Supreme Court judgment

Published on 10 November 2021

This morning the UK Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in Lloyd v Google.

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MDBs & IFIs: The Unspoken Giants in the Global Fight Against Corruption

Published on 27 October 2021

Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and International Financial Institutions (IFIs) have provided unprecedented levels of financing during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to support critical development projects.

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Premiership Rugby powerhouse Saracens appoints international law firm RPC as exclusive legal services provider

Published on 26 October 2021

Saracens has appointed RPC as its exclusive legal services provider for the next three rugby seasons. The appointment follows a competitive pitch process, reinforcing the strength of RPC's burgeoning Sports Group.

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Number of UK retail M&A deals up 28% in last year

Published on 25 October 2021

The number of M&A deals targeting UK retailers has increased by 28% to 37 in the last 12 months (year-end Sept 30), up from 29 in the previous year, shows new research from RPC, the international law firm.

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Recalls of food products due to undeclared allergens drop 10% in year

Published on 11 October 2021

The number of food products recalled from the market due to allergens that were not declared on the label has dropped 10% in the past year. In 2020-21, 88 in 2019-20 to 79 to 2020-21, says RPC, the international law firm.

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Leak of Pandora Papers puts HMRC on high alert to investigate tax affairs

Published on 05 October 2021

The Pandora Papers leak has put the HMRC on high alert to investigate tax affairs of those who have made use of offshore tax arrangements, says RPC, the international law firm.

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RPC’s Retail Compass Autumn edition: What challenges do retailers face post-pandemic?

Published on 21 September 2021

RPC, the international law firm has launched the Autumn edition of its Retail Compass, which explores legal and policy changes that are set to impact the retail industry.

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Sales at UK’s leading online only retailers jump 22% to hit record high

Published on 20 September 2021

Sales at the UK’s Top 20 online only retailers have reached a record £16.4bn in the last year*, rising 22% from £13.2bn the previous year, shows research by RPC, the international law firm.

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HMRC confirms it is investigating 153 unregulated tax advisers and other intermediaries for allegedly helping clients evade tax

Published on 13 September 2021

HMRC has confirmed it is currently investigating 153 suspected ‘enablers of tax evasion’ including unregulated tax advisers says RPC, the international law firm.

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RPC advises Asta's management team on the sale to Davies Group

Published on 08 September 2021

Leading international law firm RPC has advised the management team of Asta Capital Limited (Asta) on the sale of Asta to Davies Group Limited (Davies)

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RPC boosts market-leading transactional and regulatory insurance team with Partner hire

Published on 06 September 2021

Key strategic hire adds further strength to the firm's expanding transactional and regulatory insurance team

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The ICO issued £42m in fines last year - 1,580% increase on the previous year

Published on 01 September 2021

The value of ICO fines issued in the past year was the highest on record at £42m – up 1,580% from the £2.5m in fines issued the previous year*, reveals research from RPC, the international law firm.

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CFAAR - The first global network for Crypto Fraud and Asset Recovery Professionals launch in London

Published on 10 August 2021

A group of legal industry professionals comprising lawyers, barristers, forensic accountants, corporate intelligence and asset recovery experts have launched CFAAR – the ‘Crypto Fraud and Asset Recovery’ network, bringing together some of the world’s leading names in crypto disputes and advisory with the purpose of developing and sharing best practice in this rapidly evolving sphere and placing the UK and common law jurisdictions at centre stage for global crypto dispute resolution.

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Number of civil fraud cases jumps 50% in a year

Published on 04 August 2021

The number of civil fraud cases heard in the courts of England and Wales increased 50% in a year, from just 61 cases in 2019 to 94 in 2020, shows an analysis by RPC, the international law firm and litigation analytics company, Solomonic.

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RPC retains 86% of trainees in latest UK intake

Published on 02 August 2021

12 out of the 14 trainees secured NQ solicitor roles with RPC and will continue to support the firm's key strategic areas, including Commercial & Financial Disputes, Tech, Retail, Insurance and Regulatory

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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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