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International legal network Terralex announces RPC chair

Published on 03 December 2018

TerraLex has announced that Tim Brown Partner at RPC, the City-headquartered law firm, has been elected as Chair of the global network. Tim replaces Harry P. Trueheart of Nixon Peabody.

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RPC joins forces with diversity organisation Aspiring Solicitors

Published on 23 November 2018

New partnership will play integral role in opening up access to the law for underrepresented groups

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28% rise in number of individuals being banned from financial services by the FCA

Published on 13 November 2018

There has been a 28% rise in the number of individuals being banned from working in the financial services industry by the FCA last year, increasing to 23 in 2017/18 (September 20), up from just 18 the previous year.

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Insurtech investment being stepped up – number of insurance patents filed jumps 40% in a year

Published on 07 November 2018

Investment in insurtech is being stepped up, as the number of insurance-related patents filed worldwide jumped 40% last year, to 917 in 2017 (to Dec 31) from 657* in 2016

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Average fine for data breaches doubles to £146,000 in just a year

Published on 30 October 2018

The average value of fines issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office for failing to protect against data breaches has doubled to £146,000 in the year to September 30 2018, up from £73,000 the year before.

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Craft beer boom sees trade marks jump 20% to record high

Published on 22 October 2018

The craft beer boom has seen the number of new trade marks registered in the UK for beer brands rise by 20%, to a record high of 2,372 in 2017, up from 1,983 the previous year*, shows research from RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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UK cryptocurrency regulations could take up to two years based on comparable regulatory extensions

Published on 11 October 2018

UK regulation of the cryptocurrency market would take two years to introduce based on comparable extensions of the FCA’s remit.

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RPC hires white-collar crime Partner into Regulatory team

Published on 05 September 2018

Sam Tate joins firm in September from financial crime consultancy, Exiger.

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HMRC paid informants over £343,000 for intelligence on tax evasion in the last year

Published on 29 August 2018

HMRC paid informants more than £343,000 in 2017/18 for providing information on potential tax evasion as HMRC goes to increasingly extreme lengths to bolster its investigations.

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RPC adds professional indemnity Partner to leading Insurance team

Published on 22 August 2018

Highly recommended in the directories, Rhian Howell is a leading professional negligence lawyer with significant experience dealing with claims against lawyers and construction professionals. She is also experienced in handling disciplinary and regulatory matters on behalf of professionals.

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Hacking prosecutions fall for a further year despite the threat of cyber crime

Published on 20 August 2018

The number of computer hacking prosecutions fell for the second successive year in 2017, despite the ever-increasing threat to businesses and individuals

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Value of UK e-retail M&A deals up 14-fold in the last year

Published on 07 August 2018

M&A activity has been driven by deals targeting luxury fashion e-retailers, as both luxury brands and retailers look to rapidly expand their online sales presence.

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RPC retains 82% of trainees from 2016 intake

Published on 07 August 2018

This marks another year of strong retention rates for the City-based law firm.

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UK trade marks for spirits rise 41% in one year as popularity of artisan spirits surges

Published on 30 July 2018

The number of trade marks registered for spirits and liqueurs in the UK has jumped 41% to 2,210 in 2017, up from 1,570 the previous year* as demand for artisan spirits grows.

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HMRC faced 36% more Judicial Reviews last year as it adopts a more aggressive approach towards taxpayers

Published on 25 July 2018

HMRC has in recent years become more aggressive in dealing with taxpayers, which has led to an increase in taxpayers challenging HMRC in the High Court where it has overstepped its authority or acted unfairly.

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RPC sponsors this week’s Instech2020 conference - placing technology at the forefront of the insurance industry

Published on 11 July 2018

RPC is sponsoring the Instech2020 conference, at the BT Centre on Wednesday July 11th - an industry-leading event showcasing and discussing the technology at the forefront of the insurance industry.

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Where high culture meets Big Data

Published on 06 June 2018

High culture will meet Big Data head on at an upcoming fine art “treasure hunt” hosted by City-headquartered law firm, RPC

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Retail sector insolvencies show no sign of slowing with 7% increase in a year

Published on 24 May 2018

The retail sector continues to suffer from a high cost base whilst the shift in sales from the high street to the internet continues to pick up pace.

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RPC hires highly-ranked commercial contracts Partner to growing IP, Tech and Media Group

Published on 22 May 2018

RPC has hired leading commercial contracts lawyer Paul Joukador into its growing IP, Technology and Media Group in London.

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15% rise in number of M&A deals in the retail sector last year

Published on 09 May 2018

The number of UK retail sector M&A deals* has jumped 15% in the last year to 37 up from 32 in 2016/17 (year end March 31).

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RPC appoints two new Directors to its Business Services team

Published on 26 April 2018

RPC has promoted Kate Gregg and Ed FitzGerald as Directors in its Business Services team.

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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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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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