Tim Halstead

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Tim Halstead

Chief Operating Officer

Tim is Chief Operating Officer, Chair of the Management Board and a Director of Switalskis. He has over 30 years' experience in the legal sector and in his previous role as Managing Partner of a Leeds city centre law firm, he oversaw significant growth of the business from £1m revenue to over £18m.

Leadership Team

Switalskis Solicitors Ltd
St James House, 28 Park Place

Tim works closely with managing director, John Durkan, and is chair of Switalskis' management board.

He helps the wider management team to ensure that all departments operate effectively and meet and exceed the needs of their clients. Having successfully grown a legal business over many years, Tim provides the strategic thinking and attention to detail needed to plan the future growth of the business.


Tim had a pivotal role successfully growing a Leeds city centre law firm from early stage to exit.  He applies this vast experience and learning to his chief operating officer role at the firm. He enjoys supporting colleagues across the business making sure that they have the tools and working environment to do a great job for their clients (because that’s what lawyers love doing most).


Tim began his career in the legal profession in 1980, qualifying as a solicitor in 1982. He practised as a residential development lawyer and was recognised in both the Legal 500 and Chambers legal guides. He acted for many leading national and regional housebuilders on site acquisitions, developing a particular expertise in option and overage agreements. 

Twice named 'Managing Partner of the Year' at the Yorkshire Legal Awards (most recently in 2019). Tim joined Switalskis in September 2020 as chief operating officer. He was made a director of the business in September 2021, also becoming chair of the management board.

Tim has been a trustee of Martin House Children’s Hospice at Boston Spa since 2013 and has chaired their board of trustees since 2017.

He is also a member of the Leeds Law School Advisory Board at Leeds Beckett University.

“I combined some client work with my management role in my last firm, but my role at Switalskis enables me to focus exclusively on supporting the management team. I still have the benefit of having worked as a lawyer for many years, so hope that this combination will enable me to bring a good balance to the role.”


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