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Pauline Fowler

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Hughes Fowler Carruthers

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Matrimonial and family.


Partner in 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.


IAFL; Resolution (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.

London: Private client


Within: Leading individuals

Pauline Fowler - Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Within: Family

Hughes Fowler Carruthers is the ‘premier boutique divorce firm in London’. Frances Hughes is ‘one of a small group of practitioners who has been conducting and shaping all the leading cases for a generation. She is clear-sighted and very tactically astute’. Pauline Fowler is 'the grand dame of the matrimonial world’. The ‘calm and reassuringAlex Carruthersnever gets flustered and always gets it right’. Mark Harper is ‘magisterial in managing a team on a big case and is unrivalled on trust issues. He is an exceptional and a fearless litigator’. The ‘outstandingRenato Labi ‘listens well and has the ability to acknowledge the emotional factors whilst targeting the pertinent issues’. Caroline Park is ‘forensic on detail while never losing sight of priorities’. It remains a firm of choice where there is huge money involved especially for prenuptial and post nuptial agreements frequently with cross-jurisdictional aspects.

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Within: Leading individuals

Pauline Fowler - Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Within: Family: mediation

At Hughes Fowler Carruthers Pauline Fowler is a ‘very safe pair of hands’. Fowler is praised for her ‘keen intelligence and she is particularly adept at co-mediation in difficult cases’. Frances Hughes is ‘highly experienced’.

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