Simon Lightman’s practice covers a broad range of commercial, technology, and data transactions. He advises on complex outsourcings and procurements, software licensing, and cloud and other “as a service” arrangements. He also regularly advises on strategic restructurings following mergers and acquisitions activity.
Simon has experience in advising clients on contracting for new technologies, including robotic process automation and artificial intelligence. He acts for companies across many sectors and industries, including banking, insurance, life and pensions, retail, cosmetics, aviation, and telecommunications.
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. This experience, coupled with years of acting for both suppliers and customers in the outsourcing industry, gives him a unique perspective on a wide range of transactions.
Represented a global bank on the restructuring of its multijurisdictional hosting arrangements.
Advised a supplier on the renegotiation of its agreement to provide insurance intermediary and administration services to a life assurance provider following a divestment.
Advised a software company on its standard license and software-as-a-service terms and conditions.
Represented a global airline on the procurement of its new passenger service systems, undertaken pursuant to a competitive bid process, in parallel with renegotiating its global distribution arrangements.
Advised a UK insurer on the outsourcing of its core HR functions (including separate core HR system, payroll, benefits, and resourcing outsourcings, a number of which included significant cloud-based solutions).
Advised a UK retail bank on the renegotiation of its global application development and maintenance agreements.
Advised a UK insurer on the outsourcing of its distributed computing, hosting environment, and network.
Provided data protection compliance advice to a global insurance consultancy in relation to the transfer of personal data from more than 100 separate jurisdictions.
BPP Law School, 2004, Legal Practice Course
BPP Law School, 2003, Postgraduate Diploma in Law
Cambridge University, 2002, MEng, Engineering
Cambridge University, 2001, MA (Cantab), Engineering
England & Wales (Solicitor)
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, IT & Telecoms, The Legal 500 UK (2017)