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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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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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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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Navigator Equities v Deripaska

Published on 17 July 2020

Please see below a statement by Andy McGregor, Partner at the city headquartered law firm RPC and Mr Deripaska's solicitor.

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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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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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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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