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Frances Hughes

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Hughes Fowler Carruthers

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Matrimonial and family.


Chair of board of family law niche practice and leading figure in family law for many years specialising in complex financial cases, including those with substantial business assets and partnerships; trusts and tax problem cases involving foreign jurisdictions; cohabitation cases; prenuptial agreements and also private children’s residence and other children’s matters including child abduction.


Trained Theodore Goddard 1979-81; qualified 1981; assistant in matrimonial department 1981-83; set up matrimonial department Bates, Wells & Braithwaite 1983; founded Hughes Fowler Carruthers 2001; fellow and governor at large of International Academy of Family Lawyers, vice-president of the European chapter 2000-04 and 2006 to date; accredited FMA and Resolution (formerly SFLA) mediator 2006; regularly speaks at conferences and broadcasts on television and radio and lectures on family law matters nationally and internationally; member of the ‘Times’ Law Panel.


Law Society; Resolution (formerly SFLA); FMA; IAFL; FRSA; ‘Times’ Law Panel.


Ursuline School, Wimbledon; St Anne’s College, Oxford (MA).


Opera; chamber music (viola player); sits on the board of the Poetry Society; trustee of Theatre de Complicite; trustee of Arts Patron Trust.

London: Private client


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Frances Hughes - 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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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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