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RPC named Best Legal Adviser for eighth straight year

Published on 29 November 2016

City-headquartered law firm RPC has been named a Best Legal Adviser by industry publication Legal Week, following research of almost 800 buyers of legal services.

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Cyber-attack on Tesco Bank runs against the trend for hackers to focus on non-bank financial services businesses

Published on 10 November 2016

Reported data breaches at UK banks halve in a year...but fraud is just shifting to other parts of the market

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RPC continues to build Asia transactional capability with major Corporate partner hire

Published on 07 November 2016

M&A and private equity specialist Jeremy Cunningham joins RPC from Mayer Brown in Hong Kong.

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RPC advises on major cross-border technology acquisition

Published on 13 October 2016

Firm's Corporate team handles European deal for acquisitive US-based Park Place Technologies

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FCA orders banning individuals from financial services recover from their lows

Published on 03 October 2016

FCA had prioritised actions against directors and other senior individuals.

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Take note: HMRC 'nudge' tactics now include sticking handwritten Post-Its on correspondence

Published on 03 September 2016

Another controversial step by HMRC to pressure taxpayers into settlement. HMRC does not record these additional communications with taxpayers.

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Number of forced interviews at the SFO jumps 37%

Published on 15 August 2016

Significant ramp up in activity at the agency.

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Number of FCA dawn raids at its lowest level since the financial crisis

Published on 19 July 2016

60% fall in the number of raids in a year Concern that smaller scale financial crimes are slipping through the net

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Growth of App economy sees Telecoms trade marks up by a third

Published on 11 July 2016

Traditional telecoms companies innovate to remain competitive.

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Sharp rise in solicitor-on-solicitor misconduct complaints to regulator as litigation tactics get tougher

Published on 17 June 2016

There has been a jump in the number of misconduct complaints against solicitors of more than one-third over five years, where the person making the complaint is another professional, says RPC, the City-headquartered professional services firm.

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Commercial drone industry opens up new market for insurers

Published on 13 June 2016

The growth of the commercial drone market is increasing demand for specialist drone insurance, according to leading City-headquartered law firm, RPC.

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RPC recruits international trade disputes specialist Stuart Shepherd

Published on 08 June 2016

RPC recruits international trade disputes specialist Stuart Shepherd

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RPC advises Lonmar on MBO backed by Global Risk Partners Limited

Published on 12 May 2016

RPC has advised on the agreed management buy-out of specialist Lloyd's broker, Lonmar Global Risks Limited, backed by Global Risk Partners Limited. Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval.

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HMRC makes over 1,400 demands to lawyers and accountants for information on clients suspected of crimes

Published on 09 May 2016

Firms which fail to meet demands can face criminal liability

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Communiqué de Presse: Création de la filiale française de RPC Consulting avec l’ouverture des premiers bureaux à Paris.

Published on 06 May 2016

Spécialisée dans le conseil en management et actuariat pour les assureurs, RPC Consulting propose une offre innovante basée sur le transfert de connaissance.

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Hiscox selects RPC Consulting to provide new Capital Modelling platform

Published on 04 May 2016

RPC Consulting, the insurance consulting arm of RPC, today announced it has entered into an agreement with Hiscox, a leading specialist insurer, to implement Tyche, RPC Consulting’s proprietary software, in order to facilitate the consolidation of Hiscox’s capital modelling requirements onto one platform.

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RPC's Singapore JLV with Premier Law goes live

Published on 03 May 2016

Officially launched on 1 May, the JLV doubles RPC's size in Singapore, and significantly expands the firm's corporate, dispute resolution, and insurance capability in Asia.

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City law firm RPC advises ANV Holding B.V. on its announced takeover by AmTrust

Published on 03 May 2016

RPC is advising on the acquisition of ANV Holding B.V. by Nasdaq listed AmTrust Financial Services, for $218.7m.

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RPC Consulting opens Paris office

Published on 03 May 2016

Independent insurance management consulting and actuarial services business opens in France.

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RPC continues story of strong growth, breaking £100m turnover barrier

Published on 02 May 2016

FY16 top line growth at 6%. Firm grows organic revenue by 67% since 2011

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RPC advises Chaucer on establishment of Africa-focussed Lloyd's special purpose syndicate

Published on 28 April 2016

Leading City-headquartered law firm, RPC, has advised Lloyd’s insurer Chaucer on establishing a special purpose syndicate with AXA, focussed on African specialty business, including political risk, energy and infrastructure.

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RPC welcomes trio of new Partners in annual promotions round

Published on 28 April 2016

City-headquartered law firm RPC is pleased to announce that it has promoted three lawyers into the partnership, with effect from 1 May.

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UK product recalls jump by 26% to a new high

Published on 14 March 2016

The number of product recalls in the UK jumped by 26% to a new high of 310 in 2014/15 from 245 in 2013/14 * according to RPC, the City law firm.

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RPC Consulting bolsters capability with senior actuarial team hire

Published on 14 March 2016

RPC Consulting – the insurance consultancy arm of RPC – has appointed four senior insurance actuarial professionals to bolster its growing team in London and Cambridge.

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Supreme Court ruling in landmark “Trunki” design rights copycat case paves way for more imitations

Published on 09 March 2016

Comments on implications of Supreme Court’s registered design rights decision

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RPC expands corporate, dispute resolution, and insurance capability in Asia with Singapore JLV

Published on 28 January 2016

Leading law firm RPC today announced that it is entering into a joint law venture (JLV) with established Singapore-based practice Premier Law.

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High Court cases against solicitors drop 47% in a year

Published on 25 January 2016

There was a 47% fall in the number of High Court cases brought against law firms in the last year to 221, down from 418 in 2014, but much of the pain from last year’s spike in cases is yet to be fully felt, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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FCA receiving record number of assistance requests from foreign enforcement agencies

Published on 18 January 2016

Regulator now dealing with over 1,000 requests per year US based requests falling, rest of the world increasing

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RPC advises on establishment of Lloyd's Special Purpose Syndicate

Published on 04 January 2016

City law firm RPC has advised on the creation of a Lloyd's Special Purpose Syndicate (SPS) to be managed by Pembroke (the Lloyd's operation of Ironshore, the global speciality property and casualty insurance division of the Fosun Group).

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HMRC targeting high street accountants with threatening letters

Published on 14 December 2015

HMRC broadening its focus to ordinary high street accountants

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17% increase in attempts by businesses to block trade mark applications by rivals

Published on 14 December 2015

Businesses have stepped up attempts to block rivals registering conflicting trade marks in the last year, with the number of attempts to block trade marks increasing by 17% to 2,070 up from 1,775 in the previous 12 months*, says City law firm RPC.

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RPC advises Daily Mail and General Trust on £29m sale of Wowcher

Published on 04 December 2015

Leading City-headquartered law firm RPC has advised the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) on the sale of Wowcher to a newly formed online voucher business, to be controlled by private equity group, Exponent. Exponent was advised by Allen & Overy.

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Financial crime due diligence failures will now be punished more harshly than ever

Published on 26 November 2015

Bankers need to get over the embarrassment factor of asking where money has come from FCA now far stricter on who banks can deal with

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City firm bands together with West End star on Christmas music project

Published on 23 November 2015

RPC Harmony works with Jon Boydon, star of The Jersey Boys, to record Christmas song to help support homeless charity.

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RPC wins landmark property valuation case at the Court of Appeal

Published on 05 November 2015

RPC, the City law firm, has won an important case at the Court of Appeal, successfully overturning a decision that had incorrectly ruled that its client’s property valuation was negligent.

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HMRC should not bankrupt taxpayers receiving Accelerated Payment Notices

Published on 03 November 2015

HRMC should give an undertaking that they will not force individuals into bankruptcy through the use of its controversial powers to demand payment of disputed tax upfront, says City law firm RPC.

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RPC strengthens Corporate Insurance and Financial Services team with hire of former Worldpay Corporate General Counsel

Published on 05 October 2015

City-headquartered law firm RPC has hired former Worldpay Corporate General Counsel Matthew Griffith as a partner in its market-leading Corporate Insurance and Financial Services team.

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HMRC making increasing use of ‘nudge’ letters to circumvent normal disputes process

Published on 22 September 2015

RPC, the City-headquartered law firm, says that HMRC is increasingly using ‘nudge’ letters to circumvent the normal dispute resolution process and put pressure on individuals currently engaged in a dispute with the taxman.

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Quarter of HMRC local compliance investigations now taking over a year to complete

Published on 22 September 2015

Almost a quarter (22.7%) of all tax investigations launched by HMRC’s local offices are still unresolved more than 12 months later, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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New trade mark registrations for beer brands rise by 12%

Published on 17 August 2015

Rise of supermarket own brand craft beers adds to sector's expansion

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RPC takes lead role acting for Hyperion on its acquisition of Perkins Slade

Published on 13 August 2015

City-headquartered law firm RPC has advised Howden UK, part of Hyperion Insurance Group, on its acquisition of leading independent insurance broker, Perkins Slade Forrest Holdings Limited.

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RPC retains 79% of Trainees in latest UK intake

Published on 11 August 2015

City-headquartered law firm RPC has retained 79% of Trainees who are set to qualify in September 2015, meaning 15 of the 19 Trainees who applied to qualify at the firm in the UK have taken up NQ positions.

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Court of Appeal ruling ‘provides vital clarity for insurers’

Published on 23 July 2015

The decision by the Court of Appeal in Milton Furniture v Brit Insurance Limited (now known as RiverStone Insurance Limited) gives welcome guidance on the meaning of "unattended" in the context of commercial premises, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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RPC lends support to Lloyd's Diversity & Inclusion Festival

Published on 21 July 2015

City-headquartered law firm RPC will be supporting Lloyd's of London's first ever market-wide diversity & inclusion collaboration.

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RPC Consulting acquires software and consultancy business Marriott Sinclair

Published on 20 July 2015

RPC Consulting has acquired UK-based software and consultancy business, Marriott Sinclair.

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RPC continues impressive performance with strong double-digit revenue and profit growth for FY15

Published on 02 July 2015

City-headquartered law firm RPC has posted a 17% rise in profit against a 12% revenue increase for financial year 2015.

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Disputes over intellectual property heard by ECJ jump 60% in a year

Published on 22 June 2015

An increased determination by businesses to protect their intellectual property (IP) assets has led to a sharp rise in the number of IP cases being heard by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the last year says City-headquartered law firm RPC.

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Government drive for ‘Pensions Freedom’ leaving providers stuck between a rock and a hard place

Published on 22 June 2015

George Osborne’s announcement of an investigation into the barriers preventing consumers from taking advantage of the new ‘pensions freedom’ regime may leave providers struggling to balance the Treasury’s drive for flexibility with the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA’s) prioritisation of consumer protection.

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HMRC pay to informants hits record high

Published on 15 June 2015

Payments made by HMRC to informants have hit a record high in the past year*, reaching £605,000, up from £402,000 in the previous year, according to City-headquartered law firm, RPC.

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