Raworths LLP
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.
What do you like about acting for privately owned businesses?

Unlike acting for large PLC’s, you can build a far closer relationship with privately owned businesses.  The decision making process is more immediate and it’s more rewarding to see the actual impact of your work.

What single document should every business have in place?

I would always recommend a shareholders/partnership agreement. You can sweat blood building up your business for it to become worthless for lack of a simple document setting out the mechanics for dealing with the situation.

What’s the longest completion meeting you’ve been on?

48 hours straight, without sleep on a multi jurisdictional disposal for a pension fund.  It was carnage but did give me a taste for what having children was going to be like!

What advice would you give to a start up business?

Get yourself a good accountant and a good lawyer and use them.  The clock doesn’t start running every time you pick up the phone and they can and should be adding real value to your business.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work? 

Selling a family business can be a very intense experience but at the end of that process to see a client get the deserved rewards for a lifetime of effort is very satisfying.

What else are you involved in at Raworths? 

I sit on the Board of Management with particular responsibility for marketing.  Having to run a business gives you a fresh perspective when advising clients.

What is the key to a successful deal?

Get your advisors involved early and ensure they are working with you and each other effectively.  If you’ve got the right team in place there are few obstacles you can’t overcome.

outstanding knowledge of the local market and the law and ability to present his advice in a way that is easy to understand with the best steps to take to meet the desired outcome’.

Legal 500 UK 2019 (Corporate & Commercial – Yorkshire)

 

‘He’s a very effective and pragmatic corporate lawyer who is very good at guiding clients through the stages of a transaction and ensuring that only the important issues become discussion points.’

Chambers UK 2019 (Corporate/M&A: SME/OMB – Yorkshire)