Euan is a commercial lawyer and Managing Partner at Simkins. He specialises in media and entertainment law with a particular emphasis on the music, live events, television and new media industries.
Euan has over twenty years’ experience in advising on contractual and copyright issues in the media business. He also works closely with the firm’s Corporate group on acquisitions and joint venture arrangements in the media sector.
Euan 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.
Euan is a graduate of the University of Oxford and has an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. He qualified as a solicitor in 1995.
"Commercially astute lawyer" Euan Lawson is the firm's managing partner and is highly regarded for his media practice which focuses on music and live events. Clients say: "He has an unbelievable wealth of experience operating in the industry and he can therefore navigate pretty much any matter."
- Chambers & Partners, 2018
Euan Lawson is the firm's managing partner and has an "excellent reputation" in the music industry. He advises a range of successful recording artists, record labels and producers on complex commercial, corporate, IP and rights issues. Sources describe him as "very smart and very commercial" in his approach.
- Chambers & Partners, 2017
Managing partner Euan Lawson continues to be a venerated market leader in the music industry, highlighted by peers as "absolutely superb." Clients note that he is "very efficient and very calm," and value his "wide commercial expertise."
- Chambers & Partners, 2015
Michael Simkins LLP’s managing partner Euan Lawson is praised for his ‘unsurpassed experience and practical, sensible advice'. His music clients include Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and P!nk
- Legal 500, 2014