Karen Witter – partner in our private client team – was yesterday named joint STEP Taxation of Trusts and Estates Student of the Year at a ceremony in London.
STEP is the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning. It helps to improve public understanding of the issues families face in this area and promotes education and high professional standards among its members.
The annual STEP Excellence Awards 2013 celebrate those individuals who achieved outstanding results in either a STEP Diploma or Certificate examination or the Qualified Practitioner papers in England, Wales or Scotland.
STEP has over 18,100 members based in 87 countries from a broad range of professional backgrounds, including lawyers, accountants, trust specialists and other practitioners in this area. Its members help families plan for their futures, specialising in a wide range of activities, from drafting a relatively simple will to more complex issues surrounding international families, protection of the vulnerable, family businesses and philanthropic giving.
Karen said: “Receiving the STEP award is a great achievement and one I am really proud of. The organisation is hugely respected so winning has made all the hard work I’ve put in well worth while.”
Kate Oldfield – managing partner – added: “Karen is an integral part of the Davis Blank Furniss family so we are all delighted at her success. She is a fantastic lawyer and the award really is testament to her commitment to both her work and her clients.”