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Simon Gamlin, Partner

Simon Gamlin

Partner

Practice areas

  • Brexit
  • Commercial and IT
  • Cryptoassets
  • Data centers
  • Financial institutions
  • Industrial engineering
  • Outsourcing and offshoring
  • Technology
  • Transport

Practice notes

Brexit and the legal implications for businesses

Simon is a Partner in the Eversheds Sutherland company commercial team, where he leads the International Technology Group. Eversheds Sutherland benefits from one of the largest group of IT and outsourcing lawyers globally, involving true specialists at all levels of experience. Simon is also on the senior management team for Eversheds Sutherland Russia, which provides our clients with the full range of business law services from our offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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 centre 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 also advises on transfer agency, fund administration and other similar "middle-office" outsourcings. Simon also spends a considerable amount of time advising on transactions in the data center sector, alongside a global team dedicated to this fast growing and important sector.

His experience includes:

  • Advising Anglo American, one of the world's largest diversified mining companies, on a number of 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 centre 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 £70bn.
  • 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 favoured “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 plus) 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 that comprised over 5,800 seats (by way of a BOT model). The organisations 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.

He is noted for his expertise in the financial services sector. Simon was also shortlisted for Legal Advisor of the Year 2016 by the National Outsourcing Association.

practice head Simon Gamlin has 'an uncanny balance of legal expertise, industry knowledge and the ability to provide commercially astute, workable solutions' and has a 'proactive and easy-to-work-with personality"

Legal 500

Chambers states that Simon receives high praise from clients:

He is commercially astute, practical and easy to work with - I have not yet found his limit."

Brexit

Simon is one of our specialist Brexit lawyers. Contact Simon Gamlin for more information on how Brexit may affect your contracts, particularly your IT and Outsourcing arrangements. View our Brexit hub for our full range of Brexit resources.

Contractual risk analysis and Brexit proofing for your IT and Outsourcing arrangements - Guiding businesses through Brexit

Using our Brexit Risk Analysis, we can help you answer your questions, understand the potential risks to your trading arrangements arising from Brexit (whether pricing, currency, regulatory, tariff, people, data or otherwise) and put measures in place to protect against those risks.

Publications

Making memorable client connections - Our experienced international IT team

The Eversheds Sutherland handbook provides insight into the quality of our experience,geographical reach and breadth of our client relationships in terms of the full range of IT transactions.

Contracts with teeth - the future of outsourcing

Simon has recently co-authored the thought leadership report "Delivering contracts with teeth" - the future of outsourcing. This report was produced from the results of a prior survey, conducted with the National Outsourcing Association, looking at which contractual provisions in outsourcing agreements are actually being used by customers at the coalface, to ensure that their suppliers perform.

Please view, share or download the report here.

An agile approach – The flexible solution for outsourcing contracts

This guide will look at why traditional outsourcing projects will struggle to cope with fast moving technological change and as to why an agile approach has the potential to deliver the flexibility that will allow outsourced services to adopt new technology as rapidly and efficiently as possible.

Download, view or share the Eversheds commercial guide to an agile approach

Awards

 

   Eversheds recognised as Commercial Team of the year at the British Legal awards

Eversheds Sutherland shortlisted for 'Outsourcing Law Firm of the Year' at the 2017 GSA UK Awards

 

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Visit our Brexit Legal Advice Hub for in-house lawyers