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Simon Dakin

Chairman, Director & Solicitor

Simon is Chairman at Actons and a Director in the Corporate & Commercial team. Having been involved in various complex and high-value business transactions, Simon has particular expertise in acting for buyers, sellers and funders of businesses.


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Simon became the Chairman at Actons in June 2019.

His daily role sees him working in our Corporate and Commercial team, an area of law which he has practised since qualifying as a solicitor and joining Actons, in 2003.

Simon has sixteen years’ of experience advising SMEs, who typically turn over between £1M and £50M, and banks and alternative lenders on lending and security issues.

His work with SMEs generally involves advising on business purchases and sales, investment into businesses, documents governing the relationship between business owners and the return of shareholder/investor capital. He also advises on various commercial agreements including agency, franchising, distribution and information technology.

Away from work Simon is a keen sports fan and enjoys football, cricket, golf and rugby, and also likes to go skiing.

"‘Very knowledgeable’ practice head Simon Dakin, who impresses with ‘an abundance of common sense and good commercial instinct’,"
The Legal 500 2018 (Corporate and commercial (Notts & Derby))
"I would highly recommend the services of Simon Dakin, he is the ideal person to have at your side when needing commercial business advice. His great attention to detail and client focus ensures that you leave with a feeling that nothing has been to much trouble. If you want a professional, personal service from someone who cares about what he is doing, look no further."
Andy Hogben, Managing Director – Quadrant Events
Noted for its particular investment in the private healthcare industry, Actons 'very professional' team focuses primarily on advising owner-managed businesses and SMEs on acquisitions and disposals. Simon Dakin continues to be very active in multimillion-pound corporate transactions. The 'diligent and hardworking' Peter Flowerday has considerable expertise assisting clients with corporate and commercial deals.
The Legal 500 2021: Corporate & Commercial: Nottingham & Derby
I have been extremely satisfied with the services of Actons, particularly Robert Northall & Simon Dakin. Having had no experience of selling a business, I was guided through the whole process and was kept updated at all times. A totally professional team who have your interests at heart! I would highly recommend them!
"Actons have acted for NEST Management Limited for over 10 years on all legal matters including a range of complex agreements, trademarks, property and employment. During that time Simon has been our key advisor and has helped us in all aspects of our legal requirements. We are delighted to work with Simon who we see as vital extension of our own team and an important part of our Company’s success."
Gerard Turvey, Managing Director of NEST Management

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