Mark was born in Northern Ireland but was educated in Scotland and England before coming to Lancaster to study law at university. Mark qualified as a solicitor in Lancaster and worked on the Fylde Coast before returning to Oglethorpe Sturton and Gillibrand’s highly respected private client department.

Mark is an experienced solicitor who has specialised in private client work for the whole of his legal career. He is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; the internationally recognised leading professional organisation in his area of law as well as a member of the Agricultural Law Association.

Mark works hard to provide seamless advice to clients and their families. He recognises that families are complex and that every family requires an individual approach. He takes the time to get to know his clients and those close to them. In addition he advocates working with any other professional advisors clients may have ensuring that advice provided is continuous and  complete. In many cases he is fortunate enough to act for several generations of the same family.

Mark is consciously aware that clients turn to him in times of difficulty, stress or upset and prides himself on providing appropriate advice in a clear and understandable way. He understands that life can present the unexpected and prefers a practical and flexible approach which will stand the test of time.

Mark Hutchinson-Lyons

Mark Hutchinson-Lyons


Private Client


  • Dealing with Estate Planning for a wide range of clients including the moderately wealthy and high net worth clients, the protection of assets, inter-generational wealth transfer, planning and implementation, lifetime gifts (including to Trusts).
  • Preparation and advice on Wills and Notes of Wishes.
  • Administration of Estates (including advice, consequential planning for beneficiaries, advice on taxation elements to executors including income tax, inheritance tax, capital gains tax and the management of these taxes during the administration and thereafter, general administration and resolution of conflicts). Deeds of Variation and Disclaimer.
  • Advice on the establishment, administration, winding up and taxation of Trusts including resolution of conflicts.
  • Guidance to Settlors, Trustees, Personal Representatives (Executors and Administrators), Protectors, Beneficiaries and their families.
  • Advice and preparation of Powers of Attorney. Applications for orders from Court of Protection for attorneys particularly with regard to estate planning for those who have lost capacity, their families, deputies and attorneys.


  • 1999 – 2002 BA (Hons) Degree in English with Spanish
  • 2004 – 2005 Common Professional Examination, Lancashire Law School
  • 2006 – 2007 Legal Practice Course, Lancashire Law School
  • 2009 Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors for England and Wales
  • 2013 Admitted as a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners