Lorraine Watts

Lorraine specialises in all aspects of family law arising from the breakdown of a relationship, as well as pre-nuptial agreements and cohabitation ‘living together’ agreements.  Before moving to Hutton’s, she spent over 15 years at a family law firm in the city centre.

She frequently advises on high net worth financial settlements arising from divorce and relationship breakdown and has a key interest in matrimonial finances, having worked on cases for high profile clients, lawyers, police officers, NHS professionals, members of the armed forces and stay-at-home parents.

Lorraine deals with all cases in an empathetic manner with the emphasis on client care.  She takes a constructive and pragmatic approach to cases in the hope that the matter can be settled, but is known as a robust litigator if necessary.

She frequently advises on private law children matters i.e. where children should live and who they spend time with, as well as financial remedy ‘Schedule 1’ cases for children whose parents are not married or in a civil partnership.

Recent cases include:

  • Successful retention of the family home and investment property by settlement avoiding a lengthy final hearing;
  • Successful recovery of several years of court-ordered maintenance arrears together with substantial costs in our client’s favour;
  • Successful change of residence for a vulnerable teenager


Lorraine enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her young family.  She goes running whenever she can.

Jenine Abdo

Jenine is a Partner and Head of the Children and Public Law Team at Hutton’s Law.

Jenine joined Huttons Law in 2020 after previously working at two national law Firms where she gained experience and knowledge in all aspects of Family Law.

Jenine’s legal practice centres around public law children’s cases which involve Social Services/Local Authorities where children may be at risk of being removed from their parent’s care and are placed in either foster care and/or for adoption; these are most commonly cases which are funded by the legal aid agency and Jenine is able to access legal aid funding where applicable to represent clients. Jenine also accepts instructions for private children law disputes which commonly occur between parents and/or guardians and grandparents regarding residence and contact issues. These are predominantly privately funded cases or where applicable are legally aided if the legal aid agency criteria threshold is met. Jenine also acts on behalf of client’s in domestic violence and abuse cases where injunctions/non-molestation orders are needed to be obtained.

Jenine represents clients who value her down to earth, empathetic, honest and direct approach and is sought after by clients across the country for legal help and representation which is testimony to her reputation and hard work on behalf of her clients. Jenine strives hard to fight for her clients, irrespective of the circumstances they find themselves in, or their background.

As well as enjoying spending family time with her two children and travelling, Jenine is currently the Vice President (incoming President in November 2022) and the Diversity and Inclusion officer for the Cardiff and District Law Society, Show Racism the Red Card committee member, school governor and South Wales Resolution (family law) committee member. Jenine has also previously taught family law students at the University of South Wales as well as held various pro bono clinics within the local community, at domestic violence agencies and prisons to ensure that her legal knowledge and skills are able to help the most vulnerable and marginalised in society seek access to justice.

Alexander Hutton-Lewis

Alexander specialises in Criminal and related Family Law matters. He has dealt with cases (ranging from assault, domestic violence, sexual offences, and fraud) from after the police station until trial in the magistrates court.

As an advocate, Alexander has appeared before numerous courts and recently before the Social Security Tribunal where he successfully defended a case brought by the DWP against a client where the overpayment reclaim amounted to over £38,000.

Currently Alex focuses his practice upon assisting clients who are involved in complex care and family related proceeidngs but he is also able to accept instructions on a private and non-legal aid basis.


In his spare time Alexander enjoys spending time with family and friends, hill walking, running and playing tennis.

Amy Lewis

Amy is currently a solicitor in our Private Family Law team and works with the partners and solicitors on all their ongoing matters.

Having already undertaken seats in property and litigation Amy is a key appointment to the team and will be able to assist her colleagues on all contentious and non-contentious aspects of family related instructions.

Prior to becoming a trainee at Hutton’s Amy was a paralegal for a large law firm dealing with a case load of complex and valuable insurance related matters.

Keighley Smith

Keighley joined Hutton’s  in 2020 and works within our family public law team. Keighley regularly assists on complex family law cases and provides key support to the team.