In 2007, while working as a senior associate at the Melbourne Freehills law firm, Simon Reed was asked to relocate to Perth in order to bolster the mergers and acquisitions team. In 2008 he was appointed as a full equity partner at Freehills, a milestone for any lawyer but particularly for Mr Reed who had just turned 34. Working for the Perth Herbert Smith Freehills firm, Mr Reed has advised on critical Western Australian deals, specifically those involving the energy and resources sector. He was a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of WA, a member of the Law Society of WA and a member of the Law Institute of Victoria. Mr Reed established and produces the annual HSF Public Mergers and Acquisitions Report.