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Simon Gamlin, Partner

Simon Gamlin


Practice areas

  • Brexit
  • Commercial agreements
  • Commercial and IT
  • Crypto assets
  • Data centers
  • Financial services
  • Industrial engineering
  • Outsourcing and offshoring
  • Technology
  • Transport

Practice notes

Simon Gamlin supports our clients with their most complex, high value and business critical technology, sourcing and commercial arrangements, with a focus on supporting businesses that operate within a regulated sector.  Simon has a particular expertise advising on these types of transactions in the financial services sector.  

Simon is a Partner in our Company Commercial team in London, where he leads the  Technology group. Eversheds Sutherland has one of the largest groups of IT and sourcing lawyers globally. 

Simon has experience in a wide range of technology deals including system development transactions, ERP projects, system integrator matters, complex software licensing arrangements, e-commerce projects and has advised on the full range of hosting, cloud and software as a service type models. In terms of his outsourcing practice, Simon has again advised extensively on matters in the IT arena (including application development, maintenance and infrastructure outsourcings) but has also worked across many other areas such as HR, BPO, customer management/call center projects and KPO/analytics type deals. He has a particular specialism in working on these types of outsourcings in the financial services sector, where he advises on transfer agency, fund administration and other similar "middle-office" outsourcings.

Simon spends a considerable amount of time advising on transactions in the data center sector, alongside a global team dedicated to this sector.

Chambers states that Simon receives high praise from clients: "Simon Gamlin is very pleasant, always contactable and very engaging. He provides a rare and sought-after mix of commercial, pragmatic advice with creative solutions."

Awards and ranking

  • Ranked in Chambers UK 2019
  • Ranked in Chambers UK 2018
  • Short-listed by National Outsourcing Association for Legal Advisor of the Year Award 2016
  • Firm award: Eversheds Sutherland a Finalist for Outsourcing Law Firm of the Year in the Global Sourcing Association UK Awards 2017
  • Team award: Commercial Team of the Year by LegalWeek The British Legal Awards Winner 2016
  • Team award: International Outsourcing Group awarded the European Outsourcing Advisory of the Year 2014 by the European Outsourcing Association


Simon's experience includes:

  • advising Anglo American, one of the world's largest diversified mining companies, on global IT outsourcing arrangements including in respect of their managed networks (with BT plc), application development and maintenance (with Accenture), provision of IT hardware (with Dell) and IT infrastructure, data center and end-user computing services (with HCL); these contracts covered all of Anglo American's (including De Beers) requirements at several hundred locations around the world
  • leading the Eversheds Sutherland team in Germany, UK, Ireland and the Netherlands that advised CyrusOne Inc., a premier global data center REIT, on its agreement with Quantum Strategic Partners to acquire Zenium Data Centers, a leading hyperscale data center provider in Europe, for US$442 million
  • advising Threadneedle Asset Management on the second-generation outsourcing of the fund accounting and administration, investment operations, share class hedging, stock lending, custody and depository functions in respect of their UK and Luxembourg domiciled funds to a major US bank; this transaction related to global funds and assets under management of circa £70 billion
  • advising the Royal Bank of Scotland on a range of strategic and business critical outsourcings
  • advising Bank of Ireland UK plc on a long-term financial services partnership in the UK with AA plc; the partnership combined BOI UK’s proven product development capabilities with the strength of the AA brand and assets and its extensive and attractive membership base
  • advising one of the large UK High Street banks on the acquisition of a new software suite and connected outsourced IT services to manage the bank’s letters of credit across in excess of 35 countries around the world; this work involved replacing the supplier’s favored “blueprint” approach with an approach that gave our client considerably greater control and clear test and break points
  • advising a major City institution on the second-generation outsourcing of its temporary and permanent recruitment processes; the transaction was complicated by the fact that a significant number (50+) of existing relationships with existing suppliers had to be transferred over to be managed by the new provider and also some careful tax structuring was required
  • advising a FTSE 100 company on the purchase of a business-critical SAP-based software solution for its operations in Switzerland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg and the Netherlands
  • advising WNS (Holdings) Limited on a multi-year $1 billion business process outsource (BPO) contract; WNS acquired Aviva’s offshore operations, Aviva Global Services, for a cash consideration of over £100 million, including business process operations in India and Sri Lanka comprising over 5,800 seats (by way of a BOT model); the organizations also entered into a Master Services Agreement, under which WNS was appointed the exclusive long-term strategic BPO service provider to Aviva’s UK and Canadian business