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Joanna Toch

Work 020 7797 7788
Lamb Building ()


Specialist family law advocate with a practice of two thirds financial remedy and one third children matters. Highly competent, determined advocate who is unafraid of taking on challenging work and can turn around cases. Hugely in demand for direct access work using her vast experience over 25 years working at both at the independent Bar and in solicitors’ offices. Reported cases: Rana v Manan [2011] All ER (D) 179 (validity of marriage: Ahmani sect), Hubbard v Scott [2011] All ER (D) 07 (undue influence), ReS (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1031 (residence order to mother and mother permitted to relocate rather than a shared residence order due to emotional harm perpetrated by father to mother).


Called 1988; Middle Temple. Criminal working pupillage 1988-90; lecturer Inns of Court School of Law 1990-92; Examiner for Bar Council 1992-96; barrister dealing with criminal and family work 1992-96; barrister specialising in family law 1996-2002; employed barrister in solicitors’ practice (family law) 2002-09; barrister dealing with family law and qualified mediator 2009 to date; accredited to do direct access work.






King’s College, London University (1985 LLB); Bar School 1987-88.


Rowing (former double Olympian and World Championship silver medallist).

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