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Simon Morris Simon Morris

Simon MorrisHead of Commercial

Simon Morris

Contact Details

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


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.

Simon is recognised in the current editions of Chambers UK and Legal 500, both independent guides to the legal profession.


Educated: St Peter’s school, York
Born: York
Previous legal roles: Norton Rose and DLA Piper
Previously worked for: Tillinghast Towers Perrin actuarial consultancy on the Lloyds of London rescue package.
Qualified as a solicitor: 1999

Very personal service but also very professional.  Proactive in making sure that the client’s interests are looked after.

Legal 500 2022 (Corporate - West & North Yorkshire)

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.

“He is very approachable and very ‘real world’ – he puts the law in a way we can understand it and tells us what we can and can’t do.”

“They are clearly a very strong player in the regional market with a very good reputation, and the go-to name for clients in the Harrogate area who require corporate and commercial support.”

Chambers UK 2022 (Corporate/M&A: SME/OMB – Yorkshire)

“The Raworths team are extremely well connected to each other across disciplines. We frequently retain them on M&A work which inevitably involves commercial, HR and property matters and they never fail to work seamlessly.”

Legal 500 UK 2022 (Corporate – West & North Yorkshire)