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.

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”. Chambers HNW 2020 reconfirms his Band 2 ranking, and describes him as a well-regarded litigator who handles matrimonial finance disputes and complex children’s cases. The guide notes that “each step is carefully judged, and tenacity is what comes across”. Renato has been further praised for being “a highly esteemed practitioner” and “loved by clients”. Chambers added that he is “well known for acting on behalf of affluent individuals and families”, and “a brilliant tactician”.

The Legal 500 UK 2021 reconfirms Renato’s ranking as a ‘Leading Individual’ and praises him for having a “first-rate legal mind”, describing him as “charming to his clients but tenacious with the opposition”. The Legal 500 UK 2020 recognises Renato as a ‘Leading Individual’. He is considered a “key figure for his work on very high value and complex family litigation”.

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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