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Simon Morris Simon Morris

Simon MorrisHead of Corporate

Simon Morris

Contact Details

DDI: 01423 724622
M: 07944 443943
E: simon.morris@raworths.co.uk

Background

Born: York
Educated: St Peter’s school, York
Previous legal roles: Norton Rose and DLA Piper
Previously worked for: Tillinghast Towers Perrin actuarial consultancy on the Lloyds of London rescue package.

Simon is a specialist commercial lawyer in Harrogate specialising in advising privately owned businesses on the full spectrum of their commercial needs – working closely with business owners, their other advisors and colleagues at Raworths to ensure they are getting the joined up, cost effective and pro-active commercial advice that SME’s need in today’s market.

Matters Simon advises upon include the following:

  • Sales and acquisitions
  • Structuring and succession planning
  • Finance and security documentation
  • Shareholder and LLP agreements
  • Joint ventures and franchises
  • De-mergers and re-structuring
  • Share options such as EMI and other employee incentives
  • Commercial agreements and terms of business.

Specific matters Simon has advised upon include:

  • The multi-million pound MBO of a major facilities management company and subsequent debt re-structure
  • Acting for the sellers on a £12 million plus disposal to a venture capital backed MBI team
  • Acquisition of the entire European operation of a US manufacturing business in Chapter 11 protection
  • De-merger and multi-million pound sale of an advertising business to a US buyer
  • Structuring the investment for a major environmental led energy business start up
  • The conversion of a major software provider into an LLP
  • Constitutional re-structuring of a national not for profit organisation
  • Multi-million pound re-structuring of a family owned property investment business
  • Acting for the vendors on a partial MBI of a long established printing company and subsequent re-structuring.

Simon Morris “is commercially astute, with an innovative streak that is welcome on complex transactions,” according to one impressed client. He is held in particularly high esteem for his work advising SMEs, alongside additional roles advising entrepreneurs and HNW individuals.

Chambers UK 2020 (Corporate/M&A: SME/OMB – Yorkshire)

‘The whole team at Raworths provides sound advice and demonstrates high levels professionalism and a good sense of urgency.’

Legal 500 2020 (Corporate & Commercial – West and North Yorkshire)