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Hughes Fowler Carruthers
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Work Department

Matrimonial and family.


Partner in top ranked niche family law practice; work includes complex financial matters with an international dimension; private children’s law including international adoption; pre- and post-nuptial contracts; cohabitation; mediation, particularly in complex financial cases.


Qualified 1983; joined Bates, Wells & Braithwaite 1985, quickly developed an expertise in cases combining financial complexity and difficult issues concerning children, partner 1990; co-founded Hughes Fowler Carruthers 2001; trained as a mediator 1993; lectures, writes and broadcasts on family law matters. Represented the successful husband in the Privy Council case of MacLeod [2008] UKPC 64.


Fellow of International Academy of Family Lawyers; Resolution member and chair of pensions, tax and financial remedies committee; Pensions Advisory Group; BAAF Legal Group; Law Society.


Notre Dame High School, Birkdale; Liverpool University (1975 BA Hons); Chancery Lane College of Law (1981 Solicitors Finals).


Chamber music.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Family

(Hall of Fame)

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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.