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. Mary is Team Leader of the Private Client Team she supervises the lawyers within that team.
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 Upton, 01732 375378, firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal 500 – 2020 – Recommended Lawyer
The team at Warners Solicitors offers a comprehensive range of specialisms; estate planning, tax, trust creation and administration and elderly client services. The team attracts high-net-worth clients, owners of landed estates and clients in agriculture. It also tends to clients with capacity issue.
Chambers & Partners HNW Guide 2019
Mary Shaw is “excellent, very helpful and knowledgeable,” according to an interviewee. She handles the preparation of wills and helps clients with the administration of estates and trusts. “Mary was very competent and was able to provide sound advice on some quite complex areas. She was always on time and was able to quickly turn around work,” a source explains.
Legal 500 – 2019 – Recommended Lawyer
The ‘excellent’ team at Warners Solicitors provides a comprehensive private client service encompassing estate planning, tax planning, the creation and administration of trusts, and power of attorney and Court of Protection matters. In addition to acting for high-net-worth individuals and families, the team includes specialists who can assist elderly and vulnerable people, including with obtaining deputyship orders.
Chambers & Partners HNW Guide 2018
Mary Shaw has a “wonderfully reassuring presence” according to one source, who adds: “She has a warm personality. I’d feel very reassured if she was my solicitor, as though as I was in safe hands.” Shaw’s work involves estate planning for wealthy families and business owners and she can also offer expertise in the areas of trusts, wills and disputed probate.
Legal 500 – 2018 – Recommended Lawyer
Warners Solicitors’ ‘response times are second to none’, according to clients. The firm is best known for its Court of Protection work, which includes advising on deputyship issues and assisting with probate matters; other areas of expertise include complex will drafting, personal tax mitigation advice and multimillion-pound estate administration mandates. The client roster is largely comprised of high-net-worth individuals and agricultural business owners.
Chambers & Partners HNW Guide 2017
The “well-regarded“ Mary Shaw advises wealthy individuals and families on estate planning matters, including the preparation of wills, powers of attorney and trusts. She also acts as an executor and handles the administration of estates. Shaw also has experience dealing with family owned businesses. “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.”