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Simon Lightman, Partner

Simon Lightman


Practice areas

  • Commercial agreements
  • Commercial and IT
  • Financial services

Practice notes

Simon is a Partner in the Eversheds Sutherland company commercial team and advises on a wide range of commercial, technology and data transactions. His specialisms include the restructuring and renegotiation of legacy outsourcing arrangements and advising on complex outsourcing deals and procurements, software licensing, cloud and other “as a service” technology and technology enabled arrangements.

Simon also has a deep experience of advising clients on contracting for new and disruptive technologies including robotic process automation and artificial intelligence. He has acted for a diverse range of clients, with a focus on both customers and suppliers in the financial services sector, along with retail, telecommunications, FMCG and aviation businesses and a number of digital consumer service providers.

Simon previously served as a legal director and divisional commercial director for the largest business process outsourcing and professional services company in the United Kingdom, bringing a unique perspective, in particular when acting for customers in the procurement of new technologies and services.

His experience (including at previous firms) includes advising:

  • a provider of pensions administration services on the drafting and negotiation of a strategic, technology-led outsourced administration services.
  • a software developer on the design and implementation of its standard form licensing and partner agreements.
  • a leading insurer on the drafting and negotiation of the contractual arrangements for the outsourcing of insurance administration services.
  • an international investment bank on an IT outsourcing arrangement across multiple jurisdictions.
  • on the commercial aspects of a number of technology-centric corporate M&A and investment matters.
  • a Tier 1 BPO provider on its insurance intermediary and administration services agreement with a major UK Life & Pensions provider.
  • a UK financial services company on the outsourcing of its core desktop and data centre functions.
  • a Tier 1 IT vendor on the renegotiation of its agreement to provide software development and testing services to a UK government authority.
  • an insurer on the outsourcing of its core HR functions (including separate core HR system, payroll, benefits and resourcing outsourcings).
  • a major retail bank on the renegotiation of its global application development and maintenance agreements.
  • retail and investment banks on the outsourcing of their branch LAN and WAN and other network arrangements.
  • a UK retail bank on the renegotiation of its distributed computing environment.