Joshua Swift

Senior associate

Joshua is an senior associate in the litigation and arbitration team.

He is experienced in dealing with complex and high-value international and domestic disputes. His practice is wide-ranging, which gives him a good perspective from which to provide commercial advice to his clients. He has substantial experience in professional negligence matters, acting for the Bar Mutual and its insureds in relation to negligence claims against barristers, including top QCs. He also acts regularly for Claimants in professional negligence claims primarily against solicitors in a wide-variety of scenarios including negligent trust drafting, lost litigation claims, negligent property advice and negligent commercial advice/contract drafting.

Joshua’s commercial litigation practice often includes elements of insolvency and/or commercial fraud. Joshua regularly acts for officeholders pursuing claims available to them, often against former directors. He has advised on multiple high-value claims which often involves obtaining, and resisting, freezing orders, information orders and other ancillary injunctive relief.

He also has extensive experience in banking and financial litigation claims. He has acted against all the major high-street banks on derivative misselling claims, including complex FX instruments. He also advises some of Withers’ institutional clients in pursuing and defending similar claims.

His experience also includes tax litigation, having litigated against HMRC in the First and Upper Tier Tax Tribunals and the Court of Appeal.


Joshua is thoughtful, hardworking and a pleasure to work with.’

Legal 500 UK, 2020

Track record

Acting for the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund and its insureds in relation to multiple professional negligence actions against barristers, including Queen’s Counsel, usually following earlier complex litigation.

Acting for a barrister in a professional negligence claim in relation to complex trust proceedings and alleged negligent drafting.

Acting for a property company in relation to its claims against its solicitors for the drafting of an allegedly negligent employee share scheme.



  • English





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