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Simon Bickerdike, Partner at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Corporate, Technology, Education


Simon is a partner and national head of the corporate team. He qualified in 1992 and joined the firm as a partner in 2004, having previously been a partner at another leading UK law firm. Simon advises corporates and their owners on all their company and business law requirements.

His focus is on cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, management buy outs, reorganisations and shareholders' agreements. He works for businesses active in the UK and internationally and regularly advises on multi-jurisdictional transactions and projects for clients looking to enter the UK market through investment or acquisition. He has a special interest in supporting businesses involved in technology and education.

Simon is one of the firm’s representatives for the European Law Group, a non-exclusive association of law firms practising throughout Europe.

He is recognised as a notable practitioner in the latest edition of The Legal 500 which describes him as 'a standout individual - a true trusted adviser' and also notes that Simon and the corporate team in Guildford are 'excellent all-round deal lawyers'. Chambers UK ranks Simon in band 1 and says that 'his strengths are his personality and communication skills'. 

Recent work highlights

  • Advising Indian public company Bharat Forge Limited on its strategic £10 million investment in UK electric vehicle manufacturer Tevva Motors.
  • Advising Cranbrook Nurseries on the acquisition of West Sussex based Elan Nurseries Group.
  • Advising the shareholders of Criterion Adjusters Limited on the company's sale to international loss adjusting firm Charles Taylor plc for a maximum consideration of £13.1 million.
  • Representing APA Publications on the purchase of leading travel publisher Rough Guides Limited from Dorling Kindersley (UK).
  • Acting for the selling shareholders of Silverbear Limited on its sale to private equity backed ClearCourse Partnership LLP.

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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