Pauline Fowler

HFC Law | Divorce lawyers London

Pauline is a founding partner of Hughes Fowler Carruthers. She is a well known and highly respected family lawyer. She studied music and worked in music publishing before qualifying as a solicitor in 1983.

“A steely and brilliant lawyer.”

Chambers 2019

Pauline has worked with Frances Hughes since 1985, first at Bates, Wells & Braithwaite (where she was a partner from 1990) and now at Hughes Fowler Carruthers.

As well as specialising in complex divorce and children’s work, Pauline also specialises in international adoption and surrogacy. She is a senior mediator, very well known for her work in this area. She is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a member of The Pensions Advisory Group and of Resolution, chairing Resolution’s Pensions, Tax and Financial Remedies Committee. She is a regular broadcaster and writer on family law matters.

Chambers 2019 reconfirmed Pauline Fowler’s Band 1 ranking and described her as a “steely” and “brilliant” lawyer who “puts her clients’ case forward sensibly but robustly.”

Chambers HNW 2018 once more confirmed Pauline’s Band 1 ranking, praising her constructive approach to resolving family disputes and describing her as “an excellent person to deal with, very sensible and someone you can settle matters with.”

Chambers 2018 reconfirmed Pauline’s Band 1 ranking. Sources described her as “fantastic” with “natural gravitas” and as “an excellent mediator.”

Chambers HNW 2017 ranked Pauline in Band 1 again, which reported that she is widely praised for her constructive approach and that she was described as “a very good blend of technically tough and empathetically sound, without being soft.”

Chambers 2017 reconfirmed her Band 1 ranking once more and said “she is highly sought after for substantial divorce litigation.” It described her as handling “challenging private law children and matrimonial finance proceedings across multiple jurisdictions, including matters involving same-sex parentage and surrogacy.”

Chambers HNW 2016 says Pauline has been described as “a force to reckoned with in family law” and that another interviewee has said “I have a huge amount of time for her, she is a superb lawyer”.

Chambers 2016 confirmed her Band 1 ranking again. Pauline is an “extremely competent and experienced” lawyer, having a “subtle, deft, light touch and a sophisticated understanding of human nature”.

Chambers 2015 characterised her as an “extremely effective” practitioner who “fights her corner and identifies the best results for her clients”.

Chambers 2014 said that “she has an instinctive feel for family law and can really turn a case around”.

Legal 500 2018 reconfirmed Pauline’s position as a ‘Leading Individual’, describing her as “the grande dame of the matrimonial world” with a “keen intelligence” and “particularly adept at co-mediation in difficult cases”.

Legal 500 2017 reconfirmed her position as a ‘Leading Individual’ in both the Family Law and the Family Law: mediation sections, describing her as a “canny negotiator”, “astute and tough”, and “first-class, excellent and very client-focused”.

Legal 500 2016 reconfirmed her position as a ‘Leading Individual’ in Family Law and in Family Law: mediation, describing her as “just superb all round” and “really brilliant at mediation“.

Legal 500 2015 ranked Pauline as a ‘Leading Individual’ in both family law and mediation and described her as “calm, measured, cool and wise”.

Legal 500 2014 described her as someone who “calmly manoeuvres her way through a case”, and said she “achieves startling results in the mediation context”.

Pauline retains her interest in music and is an accomplished violinist and pianist.