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Jonathan Simms


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Jonathan "gets to the heart of issues quickly" while being "client service-focused." He is "simply superb - very commercial, straight-talking and it's reassuring to have him on your team." (Chambers UK)

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Jonathan is a partner in our corporate team and has been with the firm since September 2002.

Jonathan has experience in providing advice on a wide range of corporate matters including domestic and international mergers and acquisitions (share deals and business deals), private equity transactions as well as joint ventures, shareholder arrangements and group reorganisations. Jonathan also advises companies on a variety of corporate governance issues.

Jonathan has advised clients operating in a number of sectors ranging including technology, media/marketing, telecommunications, logistics and waste services.

Jonathan’s recent career highlights include:

1. Sale of Intermarketing Agency to Advantage Smollen;

2. MBO backed by Total Capital Partners of Walkers Transport;

3. Investment by North Edge into iPortalis Limited;

4. MBO of Acumen Waste Services Limited;

5. Sale of We Are Vista to ICF (as US NASDAQ); and

6. Various Acquisitions for Home Marketing Group.

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“I like to spend time with my clients in order to understand their business and their objectives.  Becoming a client’s trusted advisor is one of Clarion’s core beliefs as we strive to ensure that we deliver both excellent client service and advice within the timeframes required by our clients.

“We have invested substantially into our corporate team in order to build a team of exceptional lawyers. The business world moves swiftly and it’s vital that we can work in partnership with our clients and their businesses to achieve their objectives on time and within budget.”

Career Path 

  • 1996 - York University - Economic History and Politics
  • 1999 - College of Law 
  • 2002 - Joined Clarion as a Trainee Solicitor
  • 2004 - Qualified at Clarion as an Associate
  • 2011 - Invited to become a Senior Associate at Clarion
  • 2013 - Invited to become a Partner at Clarion 

Jonathan Simms has an exceptional work ethic and is determined to always get his clients the best possible result; nothing is too much effort. He is a stand out lawyer. Not only is he incredibly commercial and pragmatic when operating in his 'badged' discipline of corporate law, but he takes the time to really get to know his clients.

Legal 500 2019

This was a very complicated deal involving lots of different parties, but the Clarion team, led by Jonathan Simms, grasped the situation very quickly and were tenacious in finding solutions to the various problems that arose. I think I spoke to Jonathan every day throughout the ten months it took to complete – he was on the phone constantly and was completely involved. Having worked with lots of lawyers over the years, I found Clarion top notch – Jonathan was creative in thinking outside the ordinary, and his calm approach kept the process on track and brought it to a successful conclusion.

Paul Hudson, Finance Director, YCCC

Jonathan has been a fantastic support, for example, he's already been working with us to identify three new sectors to target and the key companies within these sectors. He's also extremely well-connected and has put us in touch with players within our targeted industries.

Dave Sewards, Home Group

We’ve dealt with Clarion for many years, they’ve been able to help us with everything we’ve ever needed from a legal perspective and always provided an excellent service. We have enjoyed a close relationship with Jonathan Simms in the corporate team who has become a trusted adviser to the business as we have faced the challenge of finding additional income streams and adapting the business.

Simon Gibson, Simon Gibson Transport

Jonathan in particular has become a trusted adviser and a sounding board for our business ideas. Being a Yorkshireman, I like dealing with someone who is straightforward and tells it how it is. There’s always an element of risk as you expand which makes it vital to have a reputable, trusted firm like Clarion working with you.

Mark Haley, Managing Director, HWL Group