Jonathan Whettingsteel

Jonathan Whettingsteel

Jon is a partner and deputy head of the family law department.

As winner of the Hampshire Law Society "Lawyer of the Year" in 2019, Jon works tirelessly for his clients, who value both his expertise and personable manner.

Jon joined the firm in June 2018 after spending a number of years practicing in family and children law at a local firm. Jon graduated from Southampton Solent University obtaining a LLB Honours Law Degree in 2008 before studying the LPC at Guildford College of Law the following year and qualifying as a solicitor in 2011.

In December 2015, Jon obtained the Law Society’s Family Law Accreditation and then in August 2019 the Law Society’s Advanced Family Law Accreditation. In December 2016 Jon was accredited on the Law Society’s Children panel. These are in recognition of a high level of understanding and ability in family law. Jon is also a member of Resolution, signing up to their codes of practice in trying to resolve family and matrimonial matters in a non-confrontational manner.

In December 2021, Jon continued to demonstrate his high level of expertise and knowledge by writing his first book ‘A Practical Guide to Internal and External Child Relocation’ published by Law Brief Publishing.

Jon has experience in dealing with a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious matters including divorce, children and financial cases as well as protective measures such as non-molestation and occupation order proceedings. Jon also has experience in drafting and advising on various documents, including consent orders, separation agreements and pre-nuptial agreements.

"I just wanted to say a big 'thank you' for your expertise, kindness and empathy over these seemingly endless months. It made a big difference to me. Please never underestimate the power you have to give strength and confidence to women going through situations like mine. Hope you continue in your brilliant career and shine!" - Ms W, Feb 2022

"Thank you so much for all your help, it truly is appreciated and means so much to me. This really has lifted a great weight off my chest. " - Mr G, Aug 2020

"I just wanted to say thank you so much, not for just being so good at your job, but the reassurance at a very stressful time, and explaining in a way that I understood fully what was going on. You may sometimes think that’s just part of your job, but it honestly goes a long way." - Ms W, May 2020

"A massive thank you for your help in my matter. You have made a painful process much easier and saved me a lot of annoyance by having to sort all of this myself. You have helped me start my life over and I’m truly grateful. I will definitely recommend to anybody else that needs the same services." - Anon, Feb 2020

Jon also has substantial experience and background in Criminal Law, having been a court and police station accredited representative which provides him with a good knowledge of the criminal processes and procedures.

Jon is a very experienced and confident advocate, regularly undertaking his own advocacy in court. This includes directions hearings, fact finds and contested final hearings, providing clients with consistency in their case.

Jon is heavily involved in the social and cultural developments within the firm, and as well as being a partner and deputy head of the family department, is a member of a number of the firm’s committees as well as being a qualified physical and mental health first aider.

In his free time, Jon is a keen fitness and martial arts fan, holding a 1st dan black belt in Japanese Mushin Jujitsu and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and regularly competes and medals nationally. Jon will always seek to challenge and push himself to achieve the best result both in and outside of a work environment.

For more information please call Jonathan on 01962 624405