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Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

RPC - also known as Reynolds Porter Chamberlain
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
No. of offices 4
No. of attorneys 330
Major practice areas General Practice
Revenue £82.1 million
Date founded 1898 (London)
Company type LLP

RPC (Reynolds Porter Chamberlain) is a corporate and insurance law firm based in London, United Kingdom with offices in Bristol, Singapore and Hong Kong. The firm has around 528 people - including 74 partners and 256 other UK lawyers. It is divided into two divisions, Commercial and Insurance.

The firm has a Partnership Executive Committee that includes a full-time Managing Partner, Jonathan Watmough,[1] as well as a Chief Operating Officer, Richard Emanuel. The senior partner is commercial litigation partner Rupert Boswall.[2]

The firm is particularly recognised for its insurance industry practice and its professional negligence practice. (It is ranked in Tier One for Dispute Resolution:Mid-Market [1] The firm has niche expertise in media, particularly defamation).[3]

The firm is the only English member of TerraLex.[4]


The firm can trace its origins back to 1898, when Nathaniel Reynolds set up Hannay & Reynolds with fellow solicitor Alexander Arnold Hannay. This alliance did not last, however, and Reynolds set up as a sole practitioner in 1903 in Arundel Street in the Strand, London. In 1906 his son Hugh joined the practice, which was renamed Reynolds & Son. The firm then continued as Reynolds & Son until 1923, becoming Reynolds & Sons when another son, David Reynolds (admitted in July 1919), joined the firm. With the addition in 1926 of Gerald Thomas Gorst (admitted in March 1924), the firm then continued under various names until 1962: Reynolds Sons & Gorst, Reynolds & Gorst and Reynolds Gorst & Porter (Charles Porter admitted 1935, joined in 1944). In 1962 it became Reynolds Porter & Taylor Jelf. It finally became Reynolds Porter & Co in 1963.

Chamberlain & Co originates from Walter John Chamberlain, who was born on Christmas Day 1869 and was admitted in March 1906 aged 37. For the first year he practised alone in Croydon but then formed Chamberlain & Co in 1907 on moving to No. 1 Stone Buildings, Lincoln's Inn, London. Walter was Mayor of Croydon from 1927 to 1929 and also became Clerk of the Fine Art Trade Guild. His son, Francis Walter Chamberlain, was admitted in December 1913 but did not join the firm until 1919 (presumably after war service). Francis Walter Chamberlain was eventually appointed CBE and sat as a Justice of the Peace and was a Deputy Lord Lieutenant.

The two firms came together in 1971, a year after the death of Walter Chamberlain's son, to become Reynolds Porter Chamberlain & Co. The '& Co' was dropped from the name around ten years later.

Main practice areas

Main areas of practice are:

  • Commercial Litigation & Arbitration
  • Commercial & Regulatory
  • Competition
  • Construction, Engineering & Projects
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Corporate Insurance
  • Education
  • Employment, Pensions & Incentives
  • Financial Disputes
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Intellectual Property, Technology & Outsourcing
  • International Trade
  • Marine
  • Media
  • Professions
  • Real Estate & Planning
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Shipping
  • Tax (including Tax Disputes)

Corporate social responsibility

The firm has a Corporate Social Responsibility steering committee that co-ordinates its efforts across the following sectors: workplace, marketplace, environment and community. Its current charity of the year is Streets of Growth. Other initiatives the firm supports are the Limitless London Mentoring Scheme,[5] the TARGET Chances diversity initiative[6] and the BPP Diversity Access Scheme [7] The firm is also a member of Stonewall,[8] and Interlaw,[9] both of which are aimed at supporting equality for gay, lesbian and bisexual employees in the workplace.


  1. ^ [2]
  2. ^ [3]
  3. ^ Chambers and Partners
  4. ^ TerraLex
  5. ^ Limitless London Mentoring Scheme
  6. ^ TARGET Chances diversity initiative
  7. ^ BPP Diversity Access Scheme.
  8. ^ Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme
  9. ^ Interlaw Interlaw

External links

  • Official website of Reynolds Porter Chamberlain
  • Profile in Chambers and Partners and the Chambers Student Guide
  • Profile in The Lawyer
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