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19% jump in HMRC demands to accountants and other professional advisers for confidential information on clients suspected of tax crimes

Published on 26 April 2018

There was a 19% increase in the number of HMRC requests to professional services firms for confidential information on clients it wants to investigate for suspected tax crimes.

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RPC Consulting appoints life insurance specialist to partnership

Published on 26 April 2018

Leading independent insurance consulting and software provider RPC Consulting has appointed life insurance specialist John Rowland to its partnership.

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RPC makes up two new Partners to law firm

Published on 26 April 2018

RPC has welcomed Nicola Cain and Carmel Green to the Partnership following completion of its annual promotions process.

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The number of controversial Accelerated Payment Notices HMRC admits it issued in error hits 6,000

Published on 25 April 2018

In total, HMRC has issued more than 79,000 APNs since their introduction in August 2014. Adam Craggs, Partner at RPC, says such high numbers of APNs being withdrawn raises questions over whether HMRC is exercising this draconian power with sufficient care.

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64% fall in individuals referred to the FCA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee

Published on 16 April 2018

There has been a sharp fall in the number of individuals working in financial services being referred to the FCA’s Regulatory Decision Committee, dropping 64% to 13 in 2017

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25 cartel members blow the whistle in the UK on illegal price fixing in bid for softer sentences

Published on 06 April 2018

Competition and Markets Authority proactively cracking down on cartel-related activity

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RPC announces Gender Pay Gap figures

Published on 29 March 2018

City-headquartered professional services firm RPC has announced its 2017 Gender Pay Gap figures for the UK.

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Copyright disputes from sports and music rights holders continue to flood High Court

Published on 12 March 2018

Five of the Top 10 High Court claimants are football or music rights holders

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Sales at UK’s biggest online retailers jump 23% in a year

Published on 05 March 2018

Growth of mobile commerce helping fuel ‘anywhere, anytime’ retailing.

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Three RPC insurance partners announced as winners of Client Choice Awards 2018

Published on 15 February 2018

Insurance partners Gavin Reese, Paul Castellani, and Antony Sassi recognised for excellent client care and service quality

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Value of UK litigation funders’ "war chests" hits £1 billion - up 42% in a year

Published on 14 February 2018

Litigation funders ramp up case sourcing strategies to deploy the extra capital

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Top 10 industry highlights for 2018: RPC’s Annual Insurance Review

Published on 17 January 2018

RPC, the City-headquartered professional services firm, has selected 10 industry highlights expected to impact the insurance market in 2018 as part of its Annual Insurance Review. The insights are based on the expertise and experience of individuals and teams in RPC’s market-leading insurance practice.

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RPC's Corporate Insurance team advises Citynet in latest insurance sector corporate transaction

Published on 05 January 2018

In the latest of a series of Lloyd's and London market broker deals, the RPC team has advised Citynet, the Lloyd's of London broker, and the selling shareholders, on the deal announced in December with Carlyle-backed PIB Group.

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RPC partners with The University of Law to launch apprenticeship programme

Published on 19 December 2017

Partnering with The University of Law (ULaw) – one of the UK's leading providers of legal education and training – and apprenticeship specialists Damar Training, RPC will be recruiting up to four apprentice paralegals.

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Post-crisis low in individuals banned from financial services by FCA

Published on 11 December 2017

The FCA’s tough approach to individual responsibility is paying off

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Insurance team to build RPC's London offering

Published on 27 November 2017

New team includes two new Partners and is expected to expand the firm's international offering

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Retail M&A falls but pipeline suggests deals are around the corner

Published on 14 November 2017

Only 16 M&A deals in retail in the past year, but Tesco/Booker, Co-op/Nisa deals suggest bumper year to come

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Disputes over football and music copyright dominate in High Court

Published on 30 October 2017

Football and music bodies were the top three most frequent claimants in the High Court last year*, as the two industries look to protect their intellectual property.

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RPC promotes three to Legal Director

Published on 26 October 2017

RPC promotes three to Legal Director

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UK financial services trade marks hit record high as fintech investment grows

Published on 23 October 2017

This rise in trade mark activity has been partly propelled by new financial products being launched in the fintech sector.

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71% jump in regulator alerts over medical devices

Published on 16 October 2017

There has been a 71% jump in regulatory 'alerts' over medical devices in the past year, says City-headquartered professional services firm, RPC.

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RPC's growing Hong Kong Commercial Disputes team adds strength with new Partner

Published on 09 October 2017

Banking and finance litigator Jonathan Crompton joins the Asian office as a Partner

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Hong Kong financial disputes Partner relocates to London

Published on 27 September 2017

After three years Jonathan Cary returns to RPC's London office to strengthen team

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Simon Laird takes seat on instech advisory board

Published on 21 September 2017

RPC's Head of Insurance joins conversation at the heart of InsurTech

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RPC named as Rising Law Firm of the Year in Hong Kong

Published on 18 September 2017

Professional services firm RPC has won a top award after being handed the title of Rising Law Firm of the Year at the 2017 Asian Legal Business Awards.

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RPC hires former Hedge Fund COO and General Counsel to expand growing Funds team

Published on 04 September 2017

City-headquartered professional services firm RPC has hired James Kaufmann as a Legal Director in its Funds team.

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Beer trade marks rise by 19% in a year as more capitalise on the craft beer revolution

Published on 04 September 2017

Trade mark registrations for beer brands rise by 104% to highest level since 2007

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Ransomware now 25% of cyber-attacks as hackers target UK businesses

Published on 04 September 2017

Ransomware is now the most likely cyber-threat to UK businesses, with a quarter of all major cyber-attacks involving an attempt to make businesses pay a ransom to get their data back

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RPC advises Park Place Technologies on third major UK acquisition in a year

Published on 15 August 2017

City-headquartered law firm RPC has advised US-based data centre maintenance provider Park Place Technologies on its third major UK acquisition in a year, as it completes the purchase of competitor NCE Group.

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Hackers target retail industry as cyber-attacks double in just one year

Published on 14 August 2017

The number of retail businesses reporting data breaches to the Information Commissioner's Office has doubled in just one year, jumping from 19 in 2015/16 to 38 in 2016/17*, says City-headquartered law firm, RPC.

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Cyber crime prosecutions fall as under-resourced police struggle with increasingly complex threat

Published on 27 July 2017

Only 57 prosecutions under Computer Misuse Act last year despite 1.9 million crimes. Cyber insurance ‘critical’ for businesses.

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RPC secures High Court win for Hammerson in £15m dispute

Published on 20 July 2017

Result brings to an end the eight-year high profile dispute; first reported case on Nickle Sulphide (NiS) inclusions

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Latest intake sees RPC retain 82% of Trainees

Published on 19 July 2017

Latest intake sees RPC retain 82% of Trainees

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RPC Consulting completes landmark modelling work for Hiscox

Published on 18 July 2017

Use of Tyche brings all of Hiscox's capital modelling onto a single platform

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RPC names Karen Hendy as Head of Corporate

Published on 11 July 2017

Appointment of new head comes set against global expansion

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23% jump in data breaches at financial services businesses

Published on 10 July 2017

Financial advisers increasingly targeted: more reports expected as new General Data Protection Regulations comes in

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RPC boosts Tech and Data offering with new Partner

Published on 05 July 2017

Jon Bartley joins the firm with over 20 years' experience advising on digital, technology and data protection

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HMRC facing record-high number of judicial reviews

Published on 26 June 2017

‘Ordinary taxpayers’ forced to High Court; HMRC acting unlawfully

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UK product recalls reach new high - up 48% in a year

Published on 19 June 2017

The number of UK product recalls has hit a new high, increasing 48% in a year, to 575* in 2015/16 up from 388 in 2014/15, says City law firm RPC.

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Number of FCA dawn raids remains subdued as crisis-era investigations wind down

Published on 05 June 2017

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has executed just seven dawn raids* in the last year as the regulator's crackdown against financial crisis era crime slowly winds down, says City headquartered law firm RPC.

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RPC steps in for Park Place Technologies on acquisition of Prestige

Published on 23 May 2017

Deal is the second RPC has advised Park Place Technologies on in last 12 months

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RPC announces association with Giltspur focused on German banking sector

Published on 15 May 2017

City-headquartered law firm RPC will work with well-known corporate finance and advisory firm Giltspur Capital to offer advisory, investigatory and legal solutions to clients in the German banking sector.

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RPC promotes four UK Partners and two Directors in Singapore

Published on 04 May 2017

Promotions split evenly between Insurance and Commercial sides of the business

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RPC to finalise combination with Hong Kong associated firm Smyth & Co

Published on 02 May 2017

The change comes following the successful completion of the required period of association in Hong Kong

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Number of e-retail M&A deals starts to climb

Published on 24 April 2017

The increase in M&A deals involving e-retail companies has started to gain momentum, and is currently at a five-year high.

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RPC named as market leader in client service to insurance sector

Published on 30 March 2017

High profile research shows insurers operating in the London Market place RPC ahead of competitors for quality of service; 24 lawyers named as leaders

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Litigation against top 50 global banks up 37% in a year

Published on 28 March 2017

UK banks accounted for two thirds of High Court cases involving the world’s largest banks over the last five years.

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Centre for Legal Leadership launches offering support services for in-house lawyers

Published on 22 March 2017

Headed by Bruce Macmillan, former senior in-house lawyer. Combines knowledge, education, people and community/networking services.

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RPC adds partner to Hong Kong corporate finance team

Published on 02 March 2017

Corporate specialist Janney Chong joins from Sidley Austin; has advised on more than 30 Hong Kong IPOs

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Senior barrister at BBC Nicola Cain joins RPC’s Media team

Published on 28 February 2017

Senior barrister at the BBC, Nicola Cain has joined RPC, the City law firm as a Legal Director.

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