Family Lawyers




Advice type

Big-money cases


Children law



Financial remedies

High-profile cases

High-value cases

International cases


Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

Client Types


High-profile clients




Sector Focus

Legal Advisory Services

Geographical Focus


United States

Customer Type


Frances Hughes

Spear’s Review

Co-founder and partner at top family law firm Hughes Fowler Carruthers, Frances Hughes is well established as one of the ‘Queen Bees’ of family law. She is famed for acting in big-money cases and is described by a colleague as ‘a powerhouse of the family law world’.

‘Often the highlights are the cases you’ve settled,’ said Hughes, who, despite her reputation as one of the best litigators in the field, strongly disapproves of ‘headbanger lawyers’ too keen to push things towards court. ‘Thank goodness that they’re the minority. Most lawyers get a sense of satisfaction from sorting things out. We don’t want clients feeling like the walking wounded and spending the rest of their lives complaining about their awful divorce at cocktail parties.’

Adviser Profile

Described as ‘peerless, a superstar and a fearless litigator who consistently achieves fantastic results in cases that are too close to call’, ‘master tactician’ Frances Hughes is one of a handful of top divorce lawyers who dominate the field in London. Hughes has ‘total commitment to her clients’ and inspires ‘enormous confidence’ with them, and is recognised as a pre-eminent practitioner in family law. 

Hughes is routinely instructed by ultra-high-net-worth clients for her ‘gilt-edged’ expertise in all aspects of family law work, ranging from divorce and matrimonial finance matters valued in the billions, to complex international children cases. She is also a senior mediator, and has been a member of Resolution since its inception. 

She acts in cases across a wide spectrum of jurisdictions and professions, dealing with hedge fund owners as often as Hollywood stars and has many reported cases to her name, both financial and children. A consistent presence in some of the most high-profile and leading reported cases, Hughes has been a starred lawyer in all legal and High Net Worth directories for many years. 

‘What is consistent about her,’ comments one source, ‘is that she can win a case that no one else can, because from the get-go she has a strategic vision of where the case will go.’ Another describes Hughes as ‘a force to be reckoned with,’ continuing that ‘she is direct, straightforward and great at handling the most complex and tricky cases. Her ability to talk straight to clients is impressive.’ 

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

Rank: Top Flight

Top Flight 2024, Family Lawyers


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