Joanna Toch

Called in 1988

About Joanna Toch

Call 1988

LlB King’s College London

Joanna Toch is a highly experienced family barrister who has dealt with all aspects of family law since 1992.  This includes validity of marriage disputes, contested divorce, matrimonial finance, children residence and contact, care proceedings, abduction, cohabitee disputes and protection from domestic violence.

Joanna is in demand due to her reputation for turning around difficult cases.  She is known as having particular skills in objective overview, analysis and strategy, clarity of thought and effective advocacy.

Joanna spent 7 of her 23 years in family practice working within solicitor’s offices and therefore has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the entire process of family law litigation as well as exceptional client care skills.

In her early years of practice Joanna undertook criminal work and civil work, lectured trainee barristers and was an examiner for the General Council of the Bar.  As a result Joanna has enhanced forensic skills.  Together with her vast court experience, legal knowledge and ability to get to the heart of a case, Joanna achieves very good outcomes.

Joanna advised at the Croydon One Stop shop for victims of domestic violence when it was set up, being the first such service in the country.  She has recently conducted a Webinar for Lexis Nexis on domestic violence.

Joanna rowed for Great Britain in two Olympic Games and has a World Championship silver medal.

Joanna undertakes public access work.





Reported Cases

Rana v Manan (validity of a foreign marriage) [2011] AER (D) 179 (May): It was found that the Ahmaadi sect were capable of producing their own marriage documentation which was recognised in the UK and therefore the marriage was valid.

Hubbard Scott [2011] EWHC 2750 (Ch): a probate matter in which the issue was whether there had been undue influence at the time of making of a will.  Unlike lifetime dispositions there was no presumption of undue influence and it was found it would be for a higher court to make that change.

S (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1031: The Court of Appeal upheld the Judge’s decision to make a residence order to the mother and permit her to relocate even though this would reduce the father’s contact with the child to alternate weekends and holidays from a shared care arrangement due to a finding that the father was “at war” with the mother and emotionally abusive to her and undermining of her parenting of the child.

Goyal v Goyal [2014] EWCA Civ 523: reported at “the imposter marriage case”.  The CA upheld a finding that the marriage was valid, the Judge having rejected the husband’s case that he was not present at the first of two marriage ceremonies in India.

Chiva v Chiva [2014] EWCA Civ 1558: The CA considered delay to finalisation of an order and possible extension of time needed for an appeal, gave permission for arguments on distribution of capital and quantum and term of maintenance after a short marriage but dismissed the appeal.