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. His areas of specialism are all aspects of matrimonial finance work and claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Joseph is a busy junior who is known for giving pragmatic and frank advice. He is ranked as a leading junior by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

  • Recommendations

    "Joseph is brilliant and gives very straightforward advice."
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    "A persuasive advocate, who is always impeccably prepared and will go the extra mile for clients."
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    "Joseph Switalski has outstanding drafting skills, pays great attention to detail and is able to grasp and deal with complex issues quickly."
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    'Joseph is a very able family law barrister. He is thorough and has experience beyond his years. His advice is on the button, and his preparation is very good."
    Legal 500 2024
    "Joe is a fantastic advocate, trusted by clients for his straightforward advice. He has a perfect mixture of charm and razor-sharp advocacy skills."
    - Chambers and Partners 2023
    "Joseph Switalski is brave and not afraid to stick his neck out for the client."
    - Chambers and Partners 2023
    "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

    • The Incorporated Trustees of Great Calling Ministries Worldwide v Auguster Omonigho Irabor & Anor
      [2024] EWHC 803 (Fam)
    • AP v BP & Ors (financial remedies - appeal - disclosure - privilege)
      [2023] EWFC 170
      Read Judgment
    • AP v BP and others (financial remedies - appeal - disclosure - privilege)
      [2023] EWFC 169
      Read Judgment
    • Maughan v Wilmot
      [2021] EWHC 3592 (Fam)
      Read Judgment
    • Quan v Bray
      [2019] EWFC 46
      Read Judgment
    • Sharp v Sharp
      [2017] EWCA Civ 408
      Read Judgment
    • Wilmot v Maughan
      [2017] EWCA Civ 1668
      Read Judgment
  • 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.

  • 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.