Hughes Fowler Carruthers


Hughes Fowler Carruthers is proud to be a law firm with a considerable international reach.

Our specialist knowledge of English family law is matched by our extensive knowledge and experience of the international conventions that govern international and jurisdictional disputes. We have excellent links with family law specialists overseas and many of our partners are active in the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

The rules on the recognition of foreign marriages and divorces are complex and Hughes Fowler Carruthers is well placed to advise on these. We have significant expertise in the drafting of pre- and post-nuptial agreements for international couples, many of which concern complex offshore corporate and trust entities. We are well-known for our experience in the seeking and obtaining of asset freezing injunctions that affect assets held overseas and we understand exactly how to address the question of enforcement of English court orders abroad. We also frequently advise on the enforceability of foreign orders in this country. Our expertise in the tracing of hidden assets in this country and overseas is unparalleled, as is our knowledge of the tax consequences, both nationally and internationally, of divorce or separation. We have considerable experience in making applications to the English court for financial provision following a foreign divorce.

Our specialism in children’s law also extends to an international level. We have a depth of experience in handling matters concerning the international relocation of children and of international child abduction, coupled with our expertise in handling cases of international adoption and international surrogacy.


Latest News

08 Jan

Alex Carruthers comments in The Telegraph in relation to ‘Divorce Day’ and the impact of national lockdowns on divorce filings

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16 Dec

Frances Hughes comments in Tatler on the importance of prenuptial agreements

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04 Dec

Litigation funders should not share in divorce awards

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Each of their individual partners and associates is extremely strong in terms of their knowledge and practical approach Chambers 2020

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