Richard Hearne and Bekka Fuszard admitted as Full Members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • 9th Mar 2020
  • Article written by Richard Hearne
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We are pleased to announce that Richard Hearne, Associate Director in our Tenterden office and Bekka Fuszard, Solicitor in our Maidstone office have been granted full membership of STEP by the organisation’s membership committee.  Both may now use the post-nominal initials ‘TEP’. 'TEP' stands for 'Trust and Estate Practitioner' and is the designation given to full members of STEP who are internationally recognised as experts in their field.


To become a TEP, practitioners must have a combination of specialist qualifications and experience, including significant involvement at a specialist level with inheritance and succession planning and other relevant matters. 


Richard has achieved this status by having more than five years of industry experience at a specialist level and demonstrating his knowledge through the completion of three long essays. 


Bekka has achieved this status by completing a rigorous STEP Diploma programme of study, exams and assessments and having the minimum of two years of experience in dealing with relevant matters.  Comprising of four Advanced Certificates, the STEP Diploma in Advising Vulnerable Clients is a specialist qualification that enhances knowledge of trust and estate administration as well as the ability to advise elderly and vulnerable clients.  Introduced in 2015, only 135 professionals in England and Wales have completed the Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients part of this STEP Diploma to date.


We are delighted that all of our lawyers in our Tax and Estate Planning department who are 2 years+ qualified are now TEPs.  Membership of STEP gives clients peace of mind that their matter is being dealt with by a suitably trained and qualified professional, who can provide the highest standards of advice.


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