Portrait of Joseph Switalski

Joseph Switalski


Year of Call 2014

Professional Practice

Joseph has been a member of chambers since October 2016, following the successful completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Mark Emanuel, Nicholas Chapman and Nicholas Allen.

His practice covers the full spectrum of Family Law, including cohabitation disputes and claims made through the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

Joseph regularly acts for clients at all stages of applications for financial remedies upon divorce and dissolution of Civil Partnerships. He has been led in the Court of Appeal twice: first by Jonathan Southgate QC in the case of Sharp v Sharp [2017] EWCA Civ 408 and subsequently by Jonathan Swift in the case of Wilmot v Maughan [2017] EWCA Civ 1668.

  • Recommendations

    "He gets to the heart of the issues in a case quickly, is a reassuring presence in court, and stands firm without being unattractive to tribunals."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "An exceptional advocate with a remarkable attention to detail and strong command of complex cases. He has a calm and methodical approach to each case which ensures that clients feel at ease." "Joseph has a quick and ready grasp of complex financial information including actuarial reports on pension sharing." "He holds his own against people of a higher call."
    Chambers and Partners 2021
  • Notable Cases

  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Joseph lectures on topical issues in Family Law to firms of solicitors and professional bodies such as Resolution. Recent examples include the division of assets after a short marriage; the rules of evidence in financial remedy proceedings; and, the principles at play in set aside applications. He has previously written articles as a Guest Contributor in respect of wider legal issues for the website Keep Calm Talk Law.

  • Personal Information

    Joseph studied Law at Durham University before completing the Bar Professional Training Course the following year at Nottingham Law School.


    Before commencing the Bar Professional Training Course, Joseph was awarded a Major Scholarship by the Inner Temple. Whilst training to become a Barrister, he won the Professor Miryana Nesic award for Commercial Mediation and received the Family Law prize for his performance in the Family Law module.


    Away from work, Joseph is a keen football fan and film enthusiast. For those familiar with the term, he considers himself an avid Wittertainee.