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Joshua Schuermann

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 acts for artists, musicians, authors, and other creative individuals, as well as for major design studios and production companies, and advises on contracts, licensing, and a range of commercial issues.

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

Joshua is a regular guest lecturer on a number of postgraduate courses and frequently appears at conferences, events, and on panels to speak about Intellectual Property Law in the creative industries. He occasionally appears in the press and on the radio to provide commentary on ongoing high profile IP disputes.


Background & Qualifications

  • Grew up in Paris, worked as a professional session musician (percussions and drums) and as a production assistant in the music industry
  • Completed undergraduate and master’s degrees in law at the Sorbonne
  • Completed an LL.M in Media and Entertainment Law at the University of Westminster
  • Worked as a paralegal at a boutique West End media and defamation firm, and later trained at a large full-service city firm
  • Native French and German speaker
  • Preparing to dual-qualify as a French Avocat
  • Sits on the Advisory Board of The Black Curriculum, a social enterprise seeking to integrate Black British history in the way history is taught in schools across the UK

Work Highlights

Since joining Briffa, Joshua 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


“”I felt reassured from my first meeting with Briffa that I had found the right team to deal with complex rights issues. Josh Schuermann (and team) handled the case in an extremely professional manner, explaining at all stages what my potential options could be. Briffa is responsive, innovative in their approach and effective in what they do. I enjoyed the experience of working with the team, really nice people.””

– Christine Robertson, Artist Manager