RPC opens in Bristol following raid on Camerons

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has formally launched in Bristol with 18 lawyers from CMS Cameron McKenna, with the full extent of the firm’s raid on the City firm now revealed.

RPC has hired seven Camerons insurance and reinsurance partners, including Joe Bryant, Simon Chandler and Will Sefton, who are already in place as partners at the firm’s new base.

Jeremy Barnes, Peter Mansfield and Rob Morris are set to join the firm in March as partners, with Camerons partner Rebecca Smith starting as a legal director.

The firm is also hiring an additional 11 associates and senior associates for its Bristol launch, all from Camerons. Ben Goodier, Lesley Hannah, Poppy Robinson, Rachel Huxley, Simon Perkins and Giles Tagg join as senior associates, while Rachel Gwilt, Sally Lord, Helen Mitchell, Daniel Guilfoyle and Hannah McDonagh join as associates.

The raid emerged in September, when Camerons managing partner Duncan Weston said Bristol would “continue to play a key part in the development of the [insurance and reinsurance] practice” (19 September 2011).

RPC managing partner Jonathan Watmough said in a statement: “Complex professional indemnity work has been at the heart of RPC for many years, and this move underlines the strength of our commitment to that part of our business. The new people will integrate seamlessly with our existing top-ranked PI team, and will add greater depth and breadth to our insurance practice overall.”