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Shoosmiths LLP

APEX PLAZA, FORBURY ROAD, READING, RG1 1SH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 03700 868800
Fax:
Fax 03700 868801
DX:
117879 (APEX PLAZA)
Email:
Web:
www.shoosmiths.co.uk

Simon Edwards

Tel:
Work 03700 868749
Email:
Shoosmiths LLP

Work Department

Technology, media and commercial.

Position

Simon is a partner in the firm’s technology, media and commercial team, having joined the firm from Wragge & Co LLP’s London office in November 2013. Simon specialises in advising clients on complex, business critical outsourcings, often across multiple jurisdictions. One recent transaction involved advising a FTSE 100 client on the outsourcing of key support functions across over 60 countries. Simon also advises clients regularly on routine, business as usual contracts, including supply arrangements for goods and services and agency, distribution and franchising agreements. Over recent years, Simon has gained particular expertise in the food and drink, automotive and facilities management sectors. Simon has also spent time working in-house at both GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Johnson Controls Inc.

Career

Trained Shakespeares Solicitors; qualified 2004; solicitor Wragge & Co LLP 2005-2008; associate 2008-2013.

Member

Law Society.

Education

Fairfield Grammar School, Bristol; Keele University (2001 LLB Hons 2(1)); Chester College of Law (2002 LPC with Distinction).

Leisure

Sport, travel and socialising.


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Shoosmiths LLP, which handles a broad cross-section of outsourcing mandates, has a particularly strong capability in facilities management (FM) outsourcings; the firm acts for five of the world's largest FM providers. In addition, practitioners such as Simon Edwards and department head David Jackson have previous experience of working-in-house at FM providers. The firm (which also acts for customers) handles various other types of outsourcings, including BPO and IT. In 2017, Jackson and Joseph Stephenson acted for Telefónica in the outsourcing of its finance and accounting function to India. Elsewhere, members of the team have expertise in the full spectrum of commercial contracts, including agency, franchising, IP and licensing agreements, distribution and IT contracts. Robin Webb (who is the automotive sector head at the firm) and recently promoted senior associate Andy Pratley assisted Nissan with renegotiating a digital marketing agreement (for global website design, build and maintenance services) with one of the world's largest marketing and technology agencies. Other industries where the firm generates commercial contracts work include retail, food and drink, sport, financial services and technology/digital. Senior associate Simon McArdle is recommended. 

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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

The members of the 'open and approachable' team at¬†Shoosmiths LLP¬†‚Äėprovide a great service, know the industry well and know what is important to their clients‚Äô. Sanjeev Sharma¬†and Simon Edwards¬†head the Thames Valley corporate and commercial teams, respectively. The corporate team is strong in the technology, healthcare and education sectors, while the commercial practice regularly handles considerations in the food and drink and retail sectors. Clients include large corporates, public companies and private equity houses, such as Pizza Hut Restaurants, the RAC, Business Growth Fund and NVM Private Equity. Highlights in 2017 included Edwards assisting Smiths News Trading with the preparation and complex negotiation of website design, hosting and maintenance contracts;¬†Sean Wright¬†handling LDC‚Äôs ¬£16m investment into national hair salon Rush; and various corporate team members advising the founders of SecurEnvoy on the ¬£20m sale and reverse takeover into Shearwater Group. Senior associate Nina Smith¬†and solicitor Mike Patterson¬†are noted for ‚Äėworking excellently as a team, balancing corporate and business viewpoints with alacrity‚Äô. Senior associate Kiran Dhesi¬†¬†is also noted as a rising star. The team saw Emma Gibson¬†and Rachel Turner¬†depart.

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