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Hughes Fowler Carruthers


Hughes Fowler Carruthers - London
  • Academy Court
  • 94 Chancery Lane
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC2A 1DT
  • Chair of Board Frances Hughes
  • Number partners  6
  • Number solicitors 14
  • Total staff  30

The Firm This top rated niche family law practice has been based in Chancery Lane in central London since 2001. Hughes Fowler Carruthers is widely regarded as one of London’s leading family law practices. The partners are Frances Hughes, Pauline Fowler, Alex Carruthers, Renato Labi, Ann Ison and Mark Harper who joined the partnership from Withers in 2014. They share a considerable breadth of experience which enables them to offer a wide range of skills from skilful negotiation to complex litigation to suit the individual demands of each client. Work is conducted with a high degree of professionalism and dedication. All solicitors in the practice are members of Resolution. The practice is part of an extensive international family law network through memberships of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Bar Association. This means Hughes Fowler Carruthers can provide a full international service through the partners’ close connections worldwide.

Principal Areas of Work The firm handles all kinds of family law work but puts a strong emphasis on work with financial complexity and international aspects. Fields of expertise also include defending and attacking trust structures, tracing hidden assets, jurisdictional disputes and pension issues. The firm handles a large volume of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. The partners also have special expertise in complex children and child abduction work.

  • Matrimonial & Family Law: Frances Hughes, Pauline Fowler, Alex Carruthers, Mark Harper, Renato Labi, Ann Ison, Caroline Park, Kate Brett


  • Academy Court,
  • 94 Chancery Lane,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC2A 1DT
  • Tel (020) 7421 8383
  • Fax (020) 7421 8384
  • DX 251 London/Chancery Lane
  • Email : mail@hfclaw.com
  • Website : www.hfclaw.com

Family/Matrimonial - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Concentrated team of exceptionally talented partners. Handles matrimonial litigation relating to high-value financial and private law children disputes. Manages discreet and complex family settlements while avoiding press attention.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They balance being a niche firm doing wealthy family law with being able to deal with a high volume and complexity of work. There are no weaknesses across the partnership."

"Their money work is cutting-edge. They are a very strong team, and they all have the same ethos and the same drive."

Notable practitioners  

Commentators say that Frances Hughes "is probably untouchable in terms of her abilities; she's dynamic, she's highly skilled and she brings a lot to a case." She routinely advises high-profile clients in substantial financial disputes, as well as complex private law children cases and pre- and postnuptial agreements.

Alex Carruthers is described as "one of the leading lights" in the family law arena. He deals with high net worth clients in relation to finance disputes and prenuptial agreements, often in cases involving multi-jurisdictional battles. Sources report that "he's very determined and he throws himself into cases."

Pauline Fowler has a broad practice, which includes significant children law and financial cases involving numerous cross-border elements. Sources characterise her as an "extremely effective, very calm and very measured" practitioner who "fights her corner and identifies the best results for her clients."

Renato Labi's practice encompasses international matrimonial finance disputes and cross-border children law cases. Commentators say that "he has a very smooth, assured touch. Clients really benefit from his forensic ability."

Ann Ison deals with difficult private law children cases, financial disputes and complex prenuptial agreements. Sources say that she "is very good at spotting what's going to be the best solution for the client and she's very pragmatic."

Mark Harper joined Hughes Fowler Carruthers in September 2014. He is regularly instructed in cases concerning complex corporate structures. He is described as "imaginative and creative in international high net worth cases."