Mary Shaw > Warners Solicitors > Tonbridge, England > Lawyer Profile

Warners Solicitors
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Private Client




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 Head of the Private Client Team. 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.


  • 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)


Churston Grammar School, Devon; University of Cambridge New Hall (1979 Philosophy and Law MA); University of London Heythrop College (2011 Ethics MA).


Mary 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.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Led by Mary Shaw, who specialises in estate planning advice for couples and families, the Tonbridge-based private client practice at Warners Solicitors fields an in-house tax team and also includes capital tax planning expert Philip Raggett. As a member of the firm’s agricultural and elderly and vulnerable team, Gail Hall advises on a range of matters including wills, lifetime tax planning, lasting powers of attorney and trust and estate administration issues. Richard Theobald advises executors on the administration of estates and restructurings for tax efficiency purposes, while full member of STEP Fiona Taylor deals with complex probate matters. Arshoo Singh joined the team from Weightmans LLP in September 2023.