Raworths LLP
Simon Morris Simon Morris

Simon MorrisHead of Commercial

Simon Morris

Contact Details

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

Expertise

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.

Background

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)