Simon Morris – Head of Corporate – Raworths LLP


Born in York

Educated at St Peter’s School, York and Sheffield Hallam University

Previous roles: Norton Rose, DLA Piper and Tillinghast Towers Perrin actuarial consultancy on the Lloyds London rescue package.

Joined Raworths in 2001

Legal specialisation

Simon is Harrogate’s pre-eminent corporate lawyer focusing on the SME sector with particular strength and reputation in relation to family businesses, owner-managed businesses, business angels, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals.

Simon leads a team of four comprising a 10-year PQE corporate commercial solicitor, a Brazilian-qualified lawyer who is obtaining her English conversion certificate and is currently operating as a paralegal as well as further paralegal//support. This is the largest dedicated corporate and commercial unit based and operating within the Harrogate area. Simon is also a member of the three-person executive committee (Board of Management) of the firm.

Simon advises on:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Shareholder and partnership agreements
  • Investment agreements and EIS structuring
  • Employee incentives and share options
  • Demergers and reorganisations
  • Succession planning
  • Management buy-ins and buy-outs


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.

Clients credit Simon with being “very commercial and personable” and “an incredibly talented lawyer”. Bringing a pragmatic and commercial approach at both a strategic and implementational level to his clients’ objectives.

Chambers Directory says: … the team overall providing “extremely useful guidance in all areas”. The team’s experience in acting in the professional services sector, media and the food industry being specifically highlighted.

Raworths LLP

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