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RPC makes up six new Partners in 2019 round

Published on 01 May 2019

RPC welcomes Charles Buckworth, Rachel Healey, Ben Mark, Peter Sugden, Robert Waterson and Alan Williams to the Partnership following completion of its annual promotions process.

The six new Partners are all UK-based in RPC's London and Bristol offices and reflect the firm's core areas of expertise in Dispute Resolution, Insurance, Technology, Retail and Regulatory work.

Charles Buckworth

Charles advises clients on a wide range of commercial matters for both suppliers and customers.  He has a particular focus on major outsourcing and technology transactions, IT transformation projects, licensing, distribution and the cloud. He has a broad range of expertise across a number of sectors including payment systems, technology, financial services, IT and insurance.

Rachael Healey

Rachael specialises in professional indemnity and financial services dispute resolution work in RPC's Insurance practice. She regularly advises on claims against pension professionals, accountants, financial professionals, off-shore trustees and lawyers. She also has significant experience dealing with various disciplinary and regulatory matters including before the ACCA and ICAEW, complaints before the Pension Ombudsman and the Financial Ombudsman Service and regulatory issues before the Financial Conduct Authority and Pensions Regulator.

Ben Mark

Ben is used to clients across a wide range of industries turning to him for support on a wide spectrum of IP and licensing related matters.  He regularly advises on all aspects of IP protection and enforcement, with a focus on trade mark passing off, copyright, designs and confidential information. Clients include members from the retail, online / e-commerce, financial services and insurance sectors.

Peter Sugden

Peter has a broad corporate practice, with particular experience in domestic and cross-border M&A (both public and private), joint ventures and investment work (acting for both investors and investee companies).  He has particular expertise in the retail and technology sectors and regularly acts for private equity and venture capital firms.

Alan Williams

Alan is a commercial litigator with a particular focus on banking and financial market disputes. He also handles wide-ranging commercial disputes and arbitrations across a variety of different sectors. His clients include hedge funds, large multi-national corporates, professional services firms, private equity houses and banks. Alan is currently working on the high profile Federal Republic of Nigeria vs JP Morgan Chase Bank case.

Robert Waterson

Robert's practice comprises all aspects of company and personal tax disputes including the taxation of pensions, VAT Customs Duties, criminal investigations and prosecutions. He has particular experience in relation to group actions and public law challenges and has litigated at all levels of the UK courts and tribunals and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Speaking of the appointments, RPC Managing Partner James Miller said: "We are very pleased to be making up six Partners at RPC this year. All are extremely talented and have already contributed a great deal to the firm. They have all demonstrated the high performance and commercial excellence that forms a crucial part of our strategy whilst having a true understanding of and commitment to one of our key values; client service.

"Technology, Insurance, Regulatory, Retail and Commercial and Financial Disputes are areas of major focus for us and this group reflects our ambitions in their strengths. I am really looking forward to working with them and watching them help develop out our client offering even further.

"With both the Partners being made up in the law firm last year being women, we are conscious that the split this year is not where we would like it to be. We remain committed to making sure that we are providing our female lawyers with enough support and the right framework for them to achieve their partnership ambitions."