Jonathan Godwin-Austen

Jonathan Godwin-Austen


Jonathan Godwin-Austen


Jonathan qualified as a solicitor in 1991, after a degree in English Literature at St Andrews University.

He joined Hunters as a partner in 1997. Between 2012 and 2017, he was Head of the Private Client Department. Jonathan 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 has longstanding and detailed experience of advising on wills and probate often with a cross border element.

He particularly enjoys regular professional contact with his clients, their families and trustees, and working alongside 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.


Chambers UK 2019

Ranked in Band 4 in the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Department

“Noted as an 'expert in trusts and estates law'”

The Legal 500 2019

Recommended for Agriculture and Estates, and a Leading Individual in Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate

Chambers UK 2018

Ranked in Band 4 and listed as a Leading Individual in the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Department

“Jonathan is highlighted for being 'technically very good and very nice to deal with' and 'a good choice for clients'”

The Legal 500 2017

Recognised as a Leading Individual in the Personal tax, Trusts and Probate section and also recommended in the Agricultural and Estates section

“Listed as 'an experienced professional who has built up a good relationship with clients and other professionals' and is 'highly regarded'”

Chambers UK 2017

Highlighted in the Agriculture & Rural Affairs section

“Sources comment 'he’s a thoroughly decent chap' and praise him for being 'efficient and knowledgeable'”

Citywealth Leaders List 2017

Listed for Contentious Trusts and Estate Planning

The Legal 500 2016

Listed as a Leading Individual in Personal tax, Trusts and Probate section. He is also recommended in the Agriculture and Estates section

“Recognised for his 'extensive knowledge of trusts and probate'”
“Recommended as 'excellent'”

Chambers UK 2016

Listed as a Leader in his Field in the Agriculture and Rural Affairs section

“Described as having 'brilliant technical knowledge'”

Citywealth Leaders List 2015

Noted as a prominent figure

The Legal 500 2015

Recommended in the Agriculture and Estates and Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate sections

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Aug 29, 2018
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