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."
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."