‘Interesting, busy and challenging in equal measure’ is how HFC’s founding partner Pauline Fowler describes her last 12 months.
‘I had some extremely interesting international financial work for UHNWs, and I was able to secure excellent results for them from a combination of litigation and complex negotiation,’ she recalls.
‘I continued to advise a number of people in the public eye while keeping their affairs away from the attention of the press.’
A specialist in family law since 1986 – notably in complex children work such as international adoption and surrogacy – Fowler was drawn to the blend of human interest and strategy that family law encompasses.
‘It was about 10 years in that I realised I wasn’t only trusted by my clients but more widely recognised in the family law world,’ she notes. ‘The role is too varied to be encapsulated in one anecdote, but I had memorable times representing a leader in exile of a Middle Eastern political party, who used to insist on having his political entourage present at meetings.’
A recognised leader in her field, Fowler enjoyed another highlight during London Fashion week, where she joined 35 powerful and influential women on stage to speak about a subject close to her heart. Introduced by the classicist and feminist Mary Beard, Fowler spoke about ‘the history of women in the law to mark the centenary of the reforms to the law that enabled women to qualify as solicitors.’