Euan Lawson


Euan Lawson


Euan is a commercial lawyer and joint managing partner at Michael Simkins LLP. He specialises in media and entertainment law with a particular emphasis on the music, live events and new media industries.

He advises on contractual and copyright issues and works closely with the firm’s corporate group on acquisitions and joint venture arrangements in the media sector.

Euan also has a particular interest in the taxation of entertainers and sportsmen and advises regularly on withholding taxes, residence and domicile issues, and the recognition of royalty and other IP-related income.

His clients include major UK publishers, music libraries, major and independent record companies, live music promoters, and Hollywood studios as well as individual entertainers, managers, executives and entrepreneurs.

He is a member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers and writes and speaks regularly on copyright and tax law.

Legal directories

Euan Lawson has a flourishing music practice, which is devoted in large part to record deals, touring and other commercial contracts, but also fulfils the role of general counsel to artist and performer clients. He is praised for his "great attention to detail and commercial sense."
Chambers & Partners, 2014

Euan Lawson is one of the market's most respected solicitors for his role in negotiating music industry deals. Sources laud him as “technically sound and thorough”, highlighting his “commercial, calm approach that finds the most effective way to achieve our goals without fuss.”
Chambers & Partners 2013

‘exudes calm, capable common sense’
Legal 500, 2013

Clients appreciate managing partner Euan Lawson’s ‘in-depth knowledge and commercial application.’
Legal 500, 2012

Euan Lawson “is a really great all-rounder; he's an extremely smart guy with a direct approach that inspires absolute confidence.”
Chambers & Partners, 2012

Euan Lawson earns plaudits for his transactional work. He is “helpful, responsive, pragmatic - we were under a lot of time pressure and he handled it very well”, one client said.
Chambers & Partners, 2011

Euan Lawson handles commercial and copyright issues as well as the acquisition of content and digital rights exploitation.
Chambers & Partners, 2010

Clients rely on Euan Lawson to ‘understand complicated deals.’
Legal 500, 2009