STEP Excellence Awards

We are pleased to announce the highest-scoring students from the 2020 sittings across all STEP exams globally.

The STEP Excellence Awards recognise the top-scoring student at distinction level (70 per cent and above) per STEP exam or assignment, Essay Route, and the highest-scoring graduates across each of the STEP Diplomas, aggregated across the four diploma papers. The individuals listed here represent the best and the brightest practitioners – many of whom will be names to watch out for in the years ahead.

To view last year’s winners, click here.

International

Graduates

Highest-scoring Diploma graduates across all four papers and all jurisdictions

Kai Fung Calvin Lo

STEP Diploma in International Trust Management
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
STEP Hong Kong

Micaela Margarita Pile

STEP Diploma in International Trust Management – DL+

Hastings Attorneys-at-Law

STEP Barbados

Sonia Shah

STEP Diploma in International Trust Management – DL+

Bedell Cristin

STEP Jersey

Maxence Chaussivert

STEP Diploma in International Trust Management – DL+

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA

STEP Geneva

‘The STEP Diploma course provided me with a comprehensive package of legal knowledge and industry insights, which is invaluable in my practice. It provides me with the recognition from the profession as a specialist in my practice areas, which is advantageous when interacting with clients and other professionals.’

Kai Fung Calvin Lo – STEP Diploma in International Trust Management

International

Advanced Certificates

Highest-scoring students worldwide

Casey Gow

STEP Advanced Certificate in Company Law & Practice

Butterfield (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

STEP Singapore

Martha Ramtahal

STEP Advanced Certificate in Company Law & Practice – DL+

Maples and Calder

STEP British Virgin Islands

Kate Eleanor Buchanan

STEP Advanced Certificate in Cross-Border Estates

Taylor Wessing LLP

STEP City of London

Nitrisha Doorasamy

STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Administration & Accounts

Walkers

STEP Guernsey

Kathryn Abraham

STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Administration & Accounts

HSBC Bank plc, Jersey Branch

STEP Jersey

Thomas Cauchi

STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Administration & Accounts – DL+

Blevins Franks Financial Management Ltd

STEP Malta

Abeni Lee

STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Creation: Law & Practice

Lombard Odier Trust (Bermuda) Limited

STEP Bermuda

Ava Vinokourova

STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Creation: Law & Practice – DL+

Fitzrovia Trust Services Limited

STEP Manchester

Matthew Smith

STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Creation: Law & Practice – DL+

Southpac Group Limited

STEP New Zealand

Georgia Angus

STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes

Morris Legal

STEP New Zealand

Yan Wang

STEP Advanced Certificate in Trustee Investment & Financial Appraisal

Aretas AG

STEP Zurich Centre

Deborah Bell

STEP Advanced Certificate in Trustee Investment & Financial Appraisal – DL+

Rawlinson & Hunter Limited (BVI)

STEP British Virgin Islands

John Fitzgerald

STEP Advanced Certificate in UK Tax for International Clients

Forsters LLP

STEP London Central

‘The knowledge and technical skills gained from this course allowed me to have a deeper appreciation and understanding of my daily work, providing value-added services to the clients that I am servicing.’

Casey Gow – STEP Advanced Certificate in Company Law & Practice

International

Certificates

Highest-scoring students worldwide

Lezanne Kretschmer

STEP Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering

Aspida

STEP Guernsey

Elisa Scarpa

STEP Certificate in Foundations

Pinnacle Trustees Ltd

STEP Jersey

Leonie Cannan

STEP Certificate in Foundations

Suntera (IOM) Limited

STEP Isle of Man

David Lewis-Hall

STEP Certificate in International Trust Management

Appleby (Cayman) Ltd

STEP Cayman Islands

International

Essay Route

Highest-scoring students worldwide

Nichola Aldridge

Carey Olsen Jersey LLP

STEP Jersey

Laura Gambineri

Crown Global Insurance Group LLC

STEP Zurich Centre

Kevin Keen

Withers Bergman LLP

STEP Texas

Elizabeth Yang

Samuel L.C. Yang & Co

STEP Hong Kong

 

‘I chose topics that are directly relevant to my day-to-day practice and so I was able to put the knowledge that I have acquired over the course of my career into my essays. This helped to cement my learning in those key areas.’

 Nichola Aldridge – Essay Route 

England and Wales

Graduate

Highest-scoring Diploma graduate across all four papers

Laura Morse

STEP Diploma in Trusts & Estates (England & Wales)

Ashfords LLP

STEP West of England

England and Wales

Advanced Certificates

Highest-scoring students

Lorraine Wilson

STEP Advanced Certificate in Administration of Trusts (England & Wales)

Weightmans LLP

STEP Manchester

Michael Philip Armstrong

STEP Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients

Forsters LLP

STEP London Central

Stephen Evans

STEP Advanced Certificate in Taxation of Trusts and Estates (England & Wales)

Blake Morgan LLP

STEP Thames Valley

Amy Ring

STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust and Estate Accounting (England & Wales)

M+A Partners LLP

STEP Norwich and Norfolk

Victoria Jones

STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation

Lawson West Solicitors Ltd

STEP East Midlands

Jade Paine

STEP Advanced Certificate in Administration of Estates (England & Wales)

Griffith Smith LLP

STEP Sussex

Frances Gill

STEP Advanced Certificate in Administration of Estates (England & Wales)

Tees Law

STEP Essex

‘The STEP Diploma is well structured and achieves the right blend of theory and practical application, covering a wide range of topics in appropriate depth. The course materials are comprehensive and the tutoring is excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend this course to prospective students.’

Stephen Evans – STEP Advanced Certificate in Taxation of Trusts and Estates (England & Wales)

England and Wales

Certificates

Highest-scoring students

Rachael Teece

STEP Certificate for Financial Services (Trusts and Estate Planning)

Peter R T Holden & Partners LLP

STEP London Central

Sophie Hamilton

STEP Certificate in Trusts and Estates (England & Wales)

Colemans Solicitors

STEP Thames Valley

Daniel Maine

STEP Certificate in Trusts and Estates (England & Wales)

Ogier

STEP Jersey

Rebecca Harridge

STEP Certificate in Trusts and Estates (England & Wales)

Lee Bolton Monier-Williams

STEP London Central

Scotland

Graduate

Highest-scoring Diploma graduate across all four papers

Nicholas Dobbs

STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates (Scotland)

Anderson Strathern LLP

STEP Scotland

‘This course provided me with an opportunity to refresh and extend my legal knowledge in a number of my key practice areas. In particular, the will drafting training was thorough and of immediate practical application. The workshops provided an excellent forum for knowledge sharing between practitioners from various fields.’

Nicholas Dobbs – STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates (Scotland)

Scotland

Advanced Certificates

Highest-scoring students

Ailidh Hay

STEP Advanced Certificate in Taxation of Trusts and Estates (Scotland)

Brodies LLP

STEP Scotland

Leigh Beirne

STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust and Executry Accounting (Scotland)

Harper Macleod LLP

STEP Scotland

Kathryn Duncan

STEP Advanced Certificate in Trusts: Law and Practice (Scotland)

Hastings Legal

STEP Scotland

Nicola Robertson

STEP Advanced Certificate in Wills and Executries: Law & Practice (Scotland)

Anderson Strathern LLP

STEP Scotland

Canada

STEP Canada holds a separate annual Student Awards, the winners of which are listed below

Special award:

Gerald W Owen book prize

The Gerald W Owen book prize, sponsored by The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, is awarded to the STEP Canada student who achieves the highest overall average in all four diploma courses

Kathryn Balter

Fogler, Rubinoff LLP

STEP Toronto

Diploma Courses

Marie Hynes

Diploma Program Course 1: Law of Trusts

LLF Lawyers

STEP Toronto

Valerie Chan

Diploma Program Course 2: Taxation of Trusts and Estates

STEP Vancouver

Peter Mennie

Diploma Program Course 3: Wills, Trust and Estate Administration

Virgin Hickman

STEP Vancouver

Gillian Crouch

Diploma Program Course 4: Trust and Estate Planning

Law Office of Gillian Crouch

STEP Vancouver

Essay Route

Cecile Ko Brock

WeirFoulds LLP

STEP Toronto

Certificate of Estate and Trust Administration (CETA) Program

Victoria Vandevalk

HVGP LLP

STEP Toronto

View last year’s winners here.

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