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Hughes Fowler Carruthers
Academy Court,
94 Chancery Lane,
London WC2A 1DT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7421 8383
Fax: +44 (0)20 7421 8384


Frances Hughes is chair of the board of Hughes Fowler Carruthers. She is a very senior and highly respected family lawyer, Governor at Large of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Vice President of the European Chapter of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

She specialises in family law work, including divorce and complex children’s cases. She is also a senior mediator. She has been a starred lawyer in the Chambers directory and a leading lawyer in the Legal 500 for many years. Chambers 2015 says Frances is “probably untouchable in terms of her abilities; she’s dynamic, she’s highly skilled and she brings a lot to a case,” and Legal 500 2014 describes her as “a grandee of the family law world who commands utmost respect”. Chambers 2014 describes her as “the best of all solicitors out there for matrimonial finance work – incredibly bright and thorough” and Legal 500 2013 describes her as “an outstanding tactician and a fearless litigator”. Chambers 2012 says that “she is regarded as one of the most powerful lawyers in the market” and that “according to sources, ‘she is a phenomenal lawyer with great tactical nous and brilliant client-handling skills'”. Chambers 2008 describes her as “famously determined in her client’s cause”. Legal 500 2009 rates Frances for her “intelligence and balanced reasonableness blended with toughness when necessary”. Legal 500 2011 says she “has a superb reputation” and is “kind and forthright, but a formidable adversary”.

Frances studied English at Oxford University before qualifying as a solicitor in 1981. She set up the family law department at Bates, Wells & Braithwaite in the City in 1983. She has been a member of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association) since its inception and also of the Family Mediators Association. Frances regularly writes and broadcasts on family law issues nationally and internationally. She is a member of The Times law panel.
She has a keen interest in the arts and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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