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Jonathan heads the firm's Children and Safeguarding team.

Jonathan is recognised for his experience in helping clients deal with all aspects of relationship breakdown. In cases involving children, he regularly acts on behalf of parents, children, family members and CAFCASS Guardians.


Jonathan has practised in the North East for over 20 years and is recognised as an experienced advocate.

He deals with high value and complex divorce settlements. Recent cases have involved media celebrities, sports stars, members of the legal profession as well as matters involving corporate assets, held here in the UK and abroad.

Jonathan has significant experience in dealing with cases involving children. These have involved child abduction, both domestic and international, as well as care and adoption proceedings, particularly where children have been injured or there are concerns in relation to fabricated or induced illness.

Jonathan’s practice extends to the public sector, where he regularly provides advice and training in relation to the safeguarding of children. In the health sector, this is focused upon the responsibilities of the NHS; in the education sector this is focused upon the responsibilities of academies.

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Independent verdict

  • "Entirely professional and supportive of his clients."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Experienced, dedicated and diligent’ Jonathan Flower, is ‘very experienced in representing children of all ages’, ‘leaving no stone unturned to achieve the best outcome for vulnerable children and adolescents’."

    Legal 500
  • "Hugely experienced, incisive and pragmatic, with a calm head in an arena of highly emotionally charged work."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Jonathan Flower is ‘invariably courteous, sensible and hardworking."

    Legal 500
  • "an extremely able family lawyer who applies meticulous attention to detail combined with a good deal of common sense."

    Legal 500
  • "Jonathan Flower is thorough and reliable, with one noting: 'I have always been able to rely on him delivering the service he has promised'."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Jonathan Flower is a respected litigator who is admired for his understanding of the child protection system and his calm approach to negotiation. One peer notes: 'He is a very well respected childcare solicitor. He is very popular with guardians, liked by fellow practitioners and trusted by judges'."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "'He's very approachable," notes one client, citing his 'good sense of humour and professional manner'. Sources also report that he is skilled in handling complex medical issues."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Jonathan Flower is ‘very skilled in managing sensitive negotiations and an excellent advocate'; he is highly recommended for public law matters involving children."

    Legal 500
  • "Jonathan Flower handles an array of children and care cases, and is also strong on finance work, with sources singling out his thorough, measured and committed approach to matters."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Jonathan Flower is a very 'co-operative colleague' in care cases, where he can be relied on as 'pragmatic, collaborative and always keeping the child's interests in mind.'"

    Chambers & Partners
  • “Jonathan Flower is the lynchpin of the family team at Ward Hadaway, and acts in a spread of high-value and complex divorce and children cases."

    Legal 500
  • "He is a well-regarded lawyer who has an exceptional depth of legal knowledge. He is focused on achieving positive outcomes for children."

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