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Simon Dakin

Simon Dakin

Director & Chairman

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


Simon mostly works with local SMEs who typically turnover between £1M and £50M. He also works with banks and other lending organisations on lending and security issues.

He also regularly advises on various commercial agreements including agency, franchising, distribution and information technology.

Simon has significant experience of corporate recovery/insolvency transactions having advised both insolvency practitioners and buyers.

Simon qualified as a solicitor and joined Actons in 2003, and became Chairman in 2019. He is a keen sports fan and enjoys football, golf and rugby, and also likes to go skiing.

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

"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
"‘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 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!
Simon Dakin has successfully supported multiple companies that I have led over many years. Simon masters the art of being an exceptional solicitor as he understands that being a human, google on law is not what SME shareholders and directors need. It is the combination of deep knowledge, exceptional skills and well balanced personality that makes Simon stand out and the core reason why companies should speak to Simon Dakin when they need a commercial solicitor.
Nathan Nagel, CEO
"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

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