Joshua Swift > Withers LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Withers LLP
20 Old Bailey

Living Wage

Work Department

Litigation and arbitration


Joshua 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.


Senior Associate

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Professional negligence

Withers LLP has a strong record of delivering both claimants and defendants ‘consistently high quality, commercially savvy advice.’ The firm is particularly active in professional negligence cases against insured parties, including legal, financial, and real estate professionals. Eleni Polycarpou has experience in advising complex, high profile, sensitive matters for both claimants and defendants, and jointly leads the team alongside Caroline Thompson, who specialises in actions against legal professionals, particularly concerning tax and finance. Senior associate Joshua Swift is experienced in both domestic and international matters.