Hughes Fowler Carruthers


Renato has wide experience in dealing with financial disputes within divorce proceedings and following cohabitation, and in complex private law children cases. He is a member of Resolution and a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Renato is featured in Spear’s Family Law Index’s ‘Top Recommended Family Lawyers’ list, which describes him as a “highly effective operator”.

Renato is recommended in both Chambers and The Legal 500 as a leading individual. Chambers UK 2021 reconfirms Renato’s Band 1 ranking and the guide notes he is highly recommended for his established practice in divorce proceedings, praising him for handling a range of complex matters, including cross-border financial remedy and enforcement cases. Chambers UK 2020 reconfirms Renato’s Band 1 ranking and describes him as “clever, resourceful and cool under pressure”, commending his ability to “turn over every stone to find the evidence needed”. Renato is described in Chambers HNW 2021 as “excellent” and as someone who “has got great judgement”. The Directory further notes “he is a very adept litigator” and “really good at explaining things in layman’s terms”.  Chambers HNW 2020 described him as a well-regarded litigator who handles matrimonial finance disputes and complex children’s cases. The guide noted that “each step is carefully judged, and tenacity is what comes across”.

The Legal 500 UK 2022 reconfirms Renato’s ranking as a ‘Leading Individual’ and highlights he “combines great charm with tenacity and tactical nous” and is “especially good at dealing with complex financial remedies claims”. The Guide further notes he is “greatly liked by all those who are on the other side” and respected by all for his “utterly straightforward approach”. The Guide adds Renato “is a fine tactician and careful thinker, who can take a case through to trial with relish. His advice is clear, cogent, creative and realistic, his manner charming and his understanding of legal nuances erudite”. The Legal 500 UK 2021 reconfirmed Renato’s ranking as a ‘Leading Individual’ and praised him for having a “first-rate legal mind”, describing him as “charming to his clients but tenacious with the opposition”.

He studied international history and politics at Leeds University, and qualified as a solicitor in 1997.

He spent a year as a commercial litigator in City law firm DLA before joining the family department of Bates, Wells & Braithwaite in 1998. Renato has been a partner at Hughes Fowler Carruthers since 2005.

Renato’s interests include politics, music and the arts. For many years he was a trustee and Chair of Poet in the City, a venture philanthropy charity, and he remains on the corporate panel.

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