Frances Hughes

HFC Law | Divorce lawyers London

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

Frances specialises in family law work, including divorce and complex children’s cases. She is also a senior mediator. Frances has been a starred lawyer in the Chambers directory and a leading lawyer in the Legal 500 for many years.

Frances is also listed in Tatler’s HNW Address Book as one of the leading family lawyers in their trusted network of A-List private client advisers with “gilt-edged” expertise. She is additionally featured in Spear’s Family Law Index’s ‘Top Flight Family Lawyers’ list, where she is described as one of the ‘Queen Bees’ in the industry and in Citywealth’s Leaders List of Top 10 Family & Matrimonial Lawyers.

She has been a member of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association) since its inception. Frances regularly writes and broadcasts on family law issues nationally and internationally. She is a member of The Times law panel and has had an entry in Who’s Who for many years.

Frances is consistently recognised by The Legal 500 and Chambers as a leading family lawyer. Chambers 2020 recognises Frances as a ‘Star Individual’, praising her highly on her “very clear strategic view of a case”, and describing her as “probably the best family lawyer there is – she brings so much skill and brainpower to her role”Chambers HNW 2020 reconfirms Frances’ ‘Star Individual’ ranking, describing her as one of the “doyens of family law” and “intellectually and strategically superb” on huge-value and hugely complex divorce matters. Frances is also commended for being “the toughest divorce solicitor in the country,” by a top family barrister, adding: “She gets the best cases and knows just how to handle them. She is rightly in the star category. Chambers HNW 2019 noted that “there are few people who are more experienced” and added that “what’s very impressive about her is that she gets clients’ confidence but she is in control and she really guides from the top”. Frances is also regarded as a “grande dame of family law” with an “unsurpassed intellect” by Chambers 2019.

The Legal 500 UK 2020 recognises Frances as a ‘Leading Individual’, describing her as “excellent” and also includes her in ‘The Legal 500 Hall of Fame’. The Legal 500 UK 2019 also notes she is “highly experienced” and “one of a small group of practitioners who has been conducting and shaping all the leading cases for a generation. She is clear-sighted and very tactically astute”.

Frances has a keen interest in the arts, is a musician and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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.