Shirley is Head of the firm's Renewable Energy Group and a member of the Landed Estates Group. She provides specialist accounts and tax advice to private clients, landed estates and commercial organisations.
Shirley has a diverse portfolio of clients spanning most areas of the Highland economy, including renewable energy, agriculture, tourism, land management, forestry, construction and sport. Over the last 10 years, Shirley has specialised in the renewable energy sector, advising on renewable energy schemes ranging from small single turbine projects to some of the largest wind farm and hydro developments in the Highlands.
Shirley’s work in the renewable energy sector has included dealing with land leases, joint ventures with major developers, in-house construction by land owners, and development partnership. She has advised on over 60 renewable energy projects, amounting to a potential output of in excess of 1000MW, ranging from 15Kw to 114MW, using wind, hydro, solar and biomass technologies.
Shirley joined Saffery Champness in January 1992. After spending three years in the accounts department, Shirley changed to a joint accounts and tax role. She took on the management of the Inverness office’s Tax Department in 1999 and was made partner in April 2006.
Shirley is a regular speaker at seminars held by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. She has also spoken on capital taxes and accessing Inheritance Tax reliefs, developments in personal and business taxes and renewable energy issues to the Scottish Agricultural Law Society, ICAS, and at a number of seminars run by other professional firms.
Additionally, Shirley is a regular contributor to a number of publications, including local and national newspapers, sector-targeted publications, in-house newsletters and briefings, on topics including renewable energy, taxation issues relating to agriculture and estate management and legislative changes which impact on businesses.
Shirley is married and has two sons. The daughter of a farmer, Shirley’s interests are rural-based and she is a keen mountain biker, enjoys hill walking and skiing.
Shirley enjoys travelling the world to visit new rural places but is just as happy to holiday close to home, exploring mainland Scotland and the islands.