Susan  Shaw

Susan Shaw

Partner, Private Client Tax Services

Areas of expertise

Landed estates and trusts; agricultural and land-based industries; capital taxes and tax-efficient structures.


Susan has over thirty years’ experience working in accountancy and tax with significant experience in dealing with private client families, their trusts and businesses. She has worked at Smith & Williamson for over thirty years and now Head up our Professional Services division and am a member of the firm’s Group Executive Committee. Prior to this she was Head of Regions and based in the Salisbury Office. While her primary role is in the senior management of the firm, she continues to maintain a number of client relationships. 

Her expertise is in capital gains tax, inheritance tax (IHT) planning for farming, landed estates and land-based industries. She leads on estates with significant property portfolios, in-hand farms, diversified businesses and trusts as well as advising other estates with smaller property portfolios.

Notable achievements

  • Inheritance planning using business property relief.
  • Buyout of the younger generation from a family trust.
  • Planning for future cashflow requirements.
  • Utilising entrepreneurs’ relief on a capital gain.

Professional qualifications/memberships

A Chartered Accountant, Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Fellow of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC).

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