The inaugural Step (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) Private Client awards, held at the Gr...
The inaugural Step (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) Private Client awards, held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on 26 September, unearthed a prestigious list of winners. The event was hosted by John Humphrys, presenter of BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, and celebrated excellence in practice. The categories and winners can be seen in the boxout.
The judges said: 'Step is a professional body which is dedicated to servicing the needs of its members and cannot survive without their support. It was able to mitigate some of the worst effects of the Government's attacks on trusts. The resulting changes to BN25 achieved a key climb down on the spouse-exemption and mitigation of new charges for A&M trusts."
Martyn Gowar and John Rhodes both were awarded Lifetime Achievement recognitions.
The judges said Martyn Gowar had been with Lawrence Graham since leaving university in 1967 until he recently stood down from partnership. He was a founder member of Step and has contributed substantially to the Society.
Meanwhile, during his career at Macfarlanes, John Rhodes has represented UK and international families with a very wide variety of assets and circumstances. He has considerable experience of working with lawyers from the US and other jurisdictions to create or vary substantial offshore trusts. He is generally recognised as having been one of the first lawyers to recognise the relationship between tax evasion and anti-money laundering legislation and has both written and spoken frequently on this subject.'
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