Jonathan has been a partner in the Private Client department of Hunters since 1997.
He advises a broad range of private clients (including individuals, trustees, charities, family estates, private banks and “family offices”), specialising in trust, estate and tax law, on the preservation, management, enhancement and devolution of their capital wealth. He particularly enjoys regular professional contact with his clients, their families and trustees, and working along side professionals of other disciplines – agents, accountants, investment managers and independent financial advisers.
Jonathan is a trustee of a number of significant family trusts and estates and is a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners and the Agricultural Law Association.
He is also a member of “Solicitors for the Elderly”, a national association of Solicitors concerned with improving the availability and quality of delivery of legal services to older people. He has lectured widely.
Jonathan is noted as a prominent figure in the Citywealth Leaders List 2014.
Jonathan is recommended in the Agriculture and Estates and Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate sections of the Legal 500 2014 and in the Agriculture and Rural Affairs sections of Chambers 2015.
Jonathan is listed as a leading individual in Personal tax, trusts and probate of the Legal 500 2014.
Jonathan is listed as a Leader in his Field in the Agriculture and Rural Affairs section of Chambers 2014 and 2015.
"Pragmatic" Legal 500 2012
"Jonathan Godwin-Austen is calm, effective and swift". Legal 500 2013
"Jonathan is "very attuned to rural ways. He may be based in the middle of London but definitely understands the rural landscape" Chambers 2013
“Is a specialist in trust and tax related issues, with an increasing focus on inter-generational and succession advice” Chambers 2014