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Hughes Fowler Carruthers
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Partner specialising in family law matters including financial matters with an international element involving trusts pre-nuptial agreements. Acted for John Charman in the leading case on the treatment of trusts in divorce. Also acted for Stuart Crossley in a leading case on pre-nuptial agreements.


Trained Anthony Gold Lerman & Muirhead; qualified 1988; partner Anthony Gold Lerman & Muirhead 1990; head of family department 1991-98; SFLA National Committee 1992-98; SFLA Family Law Bill Team 1995-96; SFLA Cohabitation Working Group chairperson 1995-97; SFLA press officer 1997-98; partner Withers 1999; member Law Society’s Family Law Committee 1998-2008; secretary/treasurer International Academy of Family Lawyers (European Chapter) 2006-10; partner Hughes Fowler Carruthers 2014, European Chapter President of the International Academy of Family Lawyers 2014-2016. Publications of note: ‘International Trust and Divorce Litigation’ (Second Edition) (Jordans), ‘Same Sex Marriage and Civil Partnership – The New Law’ (Jordans) and ‘Model Letters for Family Lawyers’ (Jordans).


International Academy of Family Lawyers; Law Society; Resolution.


Malvern College, Malvern, Worcestershire; Pembroke College, Oxford – BA Hons History 1984; Guildhall University – Law Society Finals 1986.


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Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Family

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Mark HarperHughes Fowler Carruthers

Family law boutique Hughes Fowler Carruthers is well-versed in the full gamut of high-value matters, with expertise representing high-net-worth individuals in complex divorce, cohabitation, and child wellbeing related cases. Frances Hughes – ‘the go-to solicitor for complex financial disputes’ – leads the team, specialising in divorce and complex children’s cases, often with an international element, whilst simultaneously sitting as a senior mediator. Along with Hughes, the other two founding partners of the firm Pauline Fowler and ‘tenacious negotiator’ Alex Carruthers are key to the practice, with expertise in international adoption and surrogacy, and trusts-related work respectively. The ‘exceptional’ Renato Labi‘s practice extends to intricate financial disputes within divorce proceedings and post-cohabitation disputes, along with highly complex private law children cases. Caroline Park and Kate Brett are both integral to the practice, with experience in drafting and negotiating pre- and post- nuptial agreements, and complex cases including cross-jurisdictional children matters. Also of note is Mark Harper, who is widely lauded for his divorce and trust litigation expertise.