HFC has again been ranked in Band 1 for Family/Matrimonial Law in the Chambers and Partners 2017 Guide.
Chambers describes the Firm as ‘a leading family boutique advising ultra high net worth and high-profile clients on post-separation issues as well as wealth protection agreements. Renowned for its role in shaping recent developments in complex, multi-jurisdictional matters.’
The guide also notes that “Hughes Fowler Carruthers is a very impressive firm that clearly understands what the client wants” – an “excellent firm with stellar reputation and performance.”
Frances Hughes retains her Star Individual ranking, described as the “doyenne of the matrimonial area” ‘a renowned family practitioner in demand for her considerable expertise in high-value divorce litigation and nuptial agreements. Her impressive clientele consists of high net worth individuals and household names.’
Pauline Fowler retains her Band 1 ranking. ‘Pauline Fowler handles challenging private law children and matrimonial finance proceedings across multiple jurisdictions, including matters involving same-sex parentage and surrogacy. She is highly sought after for substantial divorce litigation.’
Alex Carruthers retains his Band 1 ranking. ‘Alex Carruthers is a leading figure in divorce litigation, and is routinely engaged in cases involving complex and high-value trust structures spanning multiple jurisdictions. Sources describe him as a “very astute tactician” who is “outstanding in every aspect.“‘
Mark Harper retains his Band 1 ranking, described as being ‘well regarded for his handling of extremely high-value financial disputes and his mastery of trust structures. Sources lauded him as “one of the best solicitors in the business,” with one stating he has “the best technical knowledge of any lawyer I’ve ever worked with.“‘
Renato Labi also achieved Band 1 ranking, described as being ‘highly respected in the London family law market, with sources identifying him as “an extremely bright lawyer with really good judgement.” One client commented: “He demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and creativity in dealing with sensitive or difficult issues. He combines consummate professionalism with both the sensitivity and humour that is required in an area of law that can be quite emotionally charged.“‘
Caroline Park retains her ranking as ‘Up and Coming’, described as ‘bringing her previous specialism in tax to bear on complex matrimonial finance proceedings and with sources describing Caroline as “excellent” and “terrifyingly bright.“‘
Ann Ison retains her Band 4 ranking. ‘Ann Ison is well versed in both children and financial matters and has a respected practice in civil partnerships. Market commentators say: “You feel the experience she has and it cuts through everything.“‘
To view the full rankings for Family/Matrimonial please see the Chambers website here.