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London: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 1

Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Hughes Fowler Carruthers remains a firm of choice for the huge money cases (those in excess of £1bn). The agile team is renowned for its work on pre and post nuptials where there are complex cross-jurisdictional issues. It is also very adept at handling major children cases including gender issues, autism, child mental health issues as well as other areas such as developmental delay, parental alienation in addition to abduction and relocations. Another distinguishing feature of the practice is that it continues to be involved in major reported cases. Frances Hughes leads the team that includes some other highly regarded individuals such as Mark Harper, Alex Carruthers and Pauline Fowler. Renato Labi is another key figure for his work on very high value and complex family litigation. Caroline Park is equally skilled at handling the most complex divorce and financial remedy cases as pre and post nuptial agreements and contested children matters.

Practice head(s):Frances Hughes

Other key lawyers:Mark Harper; Alex Carruthers; Pauline Fowler; Renato Labi; Caroline Park


'Frances Hughes is excellent'.

'Mark Harper is a brilliant lawyer who does the biggest cases'.

'Mark Harper is sensible and constructive'.

'Alex Carruthers does a brilliant job with tricky clients and is very good at keeping on top of details on complex cases'.

'Caroline Park is very bright, very efficient and a pleasure to deal with'.

Key Clients

Christina Estrada

A v R

Sarah Rogan

MB v TB [2018] EWHC 2035 (Fam)

Sarah Mantegazza

Jason Galbraith-Marten

Jennifer Evans

Ivor Braka

Work highlights

  • Continued to represent Christina Estrada in proceedings following her landmark award against her Saudi billionaire husband.
  • In A v R (Children) [2018] EWHC 2771 (Fam) the firm acted in the reported appeal by the HNW mother in relation to a fact-finding hearing concerning coercive control.
  • In Rogan v Rogan [2018] EWHC 2512 (Fam) the firm represented the successful wife in the reported judgment summons decision.
  • In MB v TB [2018] EWHC 2035 (Fam) the firm is advising the respondent husband in the first reported case on service within the EU following the landmark decision of Thum.
  • Acted for the wife in a reported judgment involving a jurisdiction dispute between England and Switzerland.
Leading individuals

Alex Carruthers - Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Caroline Park - Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Frances Hughes - Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Mark Harper - Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Pauline Fowler - Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Renato Labi - Hughes Fowler Carruthers

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Pauline Fowler and Frances Hughes are senior mediators at Hughes Fowler Carruthers who are both well‚Äďregarded.

Other key lawyers:Pauline Fowler; Frances Hughes

Leading individuals

Pauline Fowler - Hughes Fowler Carruthers

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