Partner & Team Leader

Mary Shaw

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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. Mary is happy to meet with clients living in Staplehurst in their homes outside normal office hours.

Mary is a member of the management committee of the Vincent Housing Association in Notting Hill and a member of the Reform Club. Mary is a trustee of the Alice Roughton Foundation, a charity that makes grants to organisations supporting homelessness.

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, [email protected]

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)

Legal Directories

  • Legal 500 – Recommended Lawyer, 2018 – 2024
  • Chambers & Partners HNW Guide – Ranked Lawyer, 2017 – 2023

Humanity and compassion

In our dealings with Mary Shaw, her humanity and compassion are very evident. She listens carefully to the clients’ worries and wishes, and clarifies anything which may be confusing on either side. She has the ability to put people at ease and explain even quite complex processes in a way that is easy to understand, without being patronising. She has a “matter of fact” approach which demystifies some of the more complex or scary legal processes which need to be followed. This gives the client confidence that their business is being handled professionally. I would not hesitate to recommend Mary and Warners to anyone needing the advice of a solicitor.

Legal 500
/ Recommended Lawyer

I can rely on her and her skills

Mary Shaw is able to handle very delicate issues swiftly and efficiently. Ms Shaw is my go-to whenever I have any problem that requires legal intervention. I know I can rely on her and her skills.

Private Wealth Law client
/ Chambers HNW Guide

Dedicated professional and exceptional in her knowledge

Mary Shaw has extensive experience advising private clients on wills, estate administration and trusts. A source enthuses: "Shaw is a dedicated professional and exceptional in her knowledge of the law. She is also extremely diligent and focused in the service she provides."

Private Wealth Law client
/ Chambers HNW Guide

Absolutely excellent, her breadth of knowledge is very very impressive

Mary Shaw is a respected figure in the private client market in Kent who has vast experience in handling wills and trusts matters. “She has been absolutely excellent, her breadth of knowledge is very very impressive,” enthuses a client source, adding: “I would give her 110% all the time. She is very approachable.”

Private Wealth Law client
/ Chambers HNW Guide

Excellent, very helpful and knowledgeable

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.

Private Wealth Law client
/ Chambers HNW Guide
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