Education: Rupert obtained his undergraduate degree in classics from Kings College, Cambridge and was then a Harkness fellow in jurisprudence and philosophy of law at Harvard University. He also spent a year as a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School, where he obtained a masters degree in law.
Career: Rupert began his career as a lawyer in private practice, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. In 1989 he joined US law firm Morrison & Foerster, working in San Francisco, London and New York, and from 1994 he worked for UK law firm Lovells in London. In 1995 he joined SmithKline Beecham as Senior Counsel for mergers and acquisitions and other corporate matters. He subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility and following the merger of SmithKline Beecham and GlaxoWelcome to form GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) he was appointed SVP and General Counsel of GlaxoSmithKline in 2001.
In May 2008 he joined the BP group, where he is the Group General Counsel.
External roles: Member of various professional bodies and committees. He is a member of the English Bar and the California Bar.