Joshua Schuermann

Joshua is an associate who advises on all areas of Intellectual Property law, specialising in clients from the creative industries, and music and fine arts in particular.

He frequently acts for artists, musicians and other creative individuals, as well as for major design studios and production companies.

An experienced litigator, Joshua also helps his clients navigate complex disputes, often with an international element.

Since joining Briffa he has acted for:

  • A collective of street artists whose work was used in a clothing brand’s high profile marketing campaign without their consent;
  • The manager of a famous band from the 1970s seeking appropriate payment for the work carried out over nearly four decades;
  • A renowned artist whose signature style was copied by a famous fashion label in a runway show;
  • An artist being threatened with legal action in the USA for using an actor’s likeness in a critically acclaimed piece;
  • An international live music stage designer seeking to terminate his agreement with a US agency;
  • A French composer whose music was copied by a famous chart-topping recording artist; and
  • A website operator accused of systematic copyright infringement by the British Phonographic Industry.

Joshua frequently appears at conferences, events, and on panels to speak about Intellectual Property Law and the ways in which it applies to the creative sector in particular. He occasionally appears in the press and on the radio to provide commentary on ongoing high profile IP disputes.

Before joining Briffa, Joshua grew up in Paris, where he worked as a professional session musician (percussions and drums), and as a production assistant in the music industry.

He completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees in law at the Sorbonne, before moving to London to complete an LL.M in Media and Entertainment Law at the University of Westminster. He then worked as a paralegal at a boutique West End media and defamation firm, and later trained at a large full-service city firm.

Outside work, Joshua is still involved in a number of music-related projects as a musician, producer, and DJ.

Joshua speaks fluent French and German, and is due to qualify as a French Avocat in 2020.

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