Portrait of Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

Year of Call 1977

Professional Practice

Jonathan has over 40 years experience in family work as an advocate and 20 years as a part time judge. His early years of practice covered a much more general area of legal practice which has provided a solid grounding for specialising in both money work and children work. Jonathan’s objective is to steer his clients through what can be a stressful court experience with knowledge, understanding, empathy and a result they are happy with.

  • Recommendations

    " Mr Swift's extensive experience and hard work to achieve the best outcome for my clients means that I will always instruct him and recommend him to others. He is first class."
    Sarah Unsworth - Scott Bailey
    “A consistently well prepared, forceful and persuasive advocate. He is my preferred choice.”
    Peter Watson Lee - Williams Thompson
  • Notable Cases

    • Rattan & Kuwad
      [2021] EWCA CIV 1
    • London Borough of Sutton v Gray and Butler
      [2012] EWHC 2604 (Fam)
    • Den Heyer v Newby
      [2006] 1 FLR 1114, CA
    • Re C (A Child: Contact)
      [2004] All ER 367 (July) CA
    • Norris v Norris; Haskins v Haskins
      [2003] 2 FLR 1124, CA
    • Re R (Care: Disclosure: Nature of Proceedings)
      [2002] 1 FLR 755, FD
    • Re D & H (Care: Termination of Contract)
      [1997] 1 FLR 841, CA
    • Re PC (Change of Surname)
      [1997] 2 FLR 730, FD
    • Re T (Procedure: Alleged Sexual Abuse) (No 2)
      [1997] 2 FCR 55, FD
    • Re T (Procedure: Alleged Sexual Abuse) (No 1)
      [1996] 2 FCR 370, CA
    • R v Hants Family Proceedings Court Ex Parte D
      [1994] 1 WLR 611, QBD
    • S v E (Access to Child)
      [1993] 1 FCR 729, CA
    • R V Hampshire County Council ex parte King
      [1990] 2 QB 71
    • Spencer v Camacho
      [1983] FLR 662, CA
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Former chairman of the FLBA Wessex region and regular lectures for various Resolution regions.

  • Personal Information

    Married to a solicitor. Four children. Enjoys travelling around the world, vacations in France, wine, music and London.


  • Assistant Recorder,
  • Recorder,
    2000 - Approved to sit in Crime, Public Law Family, Private Law Family & Civil.
  • Financial Remedies Court ,


  • Family Law Bar Association
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