Mary Shaw

Partner & Team Leader for Private Client


Mary acts as a professional trustee for numerous trusts and is also a court appointed administrator in a number of contentious estates and trusts.

Mary prepares Wills and powers of attorney and advises on the administration of estates, powers of attorney and deputyship orders.

She specialises in working with families, in particular helping them manage their assets held in trust. She has kept up her knowledge of family law in order to assist clients in managing trusts resulting from divorce or Children Act proceedings.

Mary has been a partner at Warners since 2013 and before that was a partner/director in solicitors’ firms in London and Kent since the 1980s.

She lives with her husband Rory Silkin in Staplehurst and is clerk to the JS Newlyn Charitable Trust and treasurer of the Friends of All Saints Church which are both Staplehurst charities. Mary is happy to meet with clients living in Staplehurst in their homes outside normal office hours.

Mary is a member of the committee of management of Vincent Housing Association in Notting Hill and a member of the Reform Club.

Mary read Philosophy and Law at New Hall (Murray Edwards) Cambridge in the late 1970s and in 2011 completed a Masters degree at Heythrop College London University in Ethics. She is interested in social justice and political ethics.

If Mary is unavailable please contact, Carol Doig, 01732 375378,

Recognition & Memberships

  • Member of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
  • Member of The Law Society Private Client Section
  • Member of The Kent Law Society
  • Associate member of Resolution (Solicitors’ Family Law Association)

News & Insights

"She has a lovely manner and she's very friendly, very relaxed and is always keen to make things as simple as possible for the client," says an interviewee. "She's very good at summarising things and being clear about what has to happen and how things have to happen. You feel very safe in accepting her advice because you get the sense she is a person of high integrity, very competent and very experienced."

Chambers HNW Guide 2017