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  • Published:
    10 April
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Shakespeare Martineau LLP secures senior STEP positions

STEP is an internationally-recognised professional organisation involved in raising awareness of the issues families face in relation to inheritance and succession planning, and two of our private client team have secured prestigious positions in the exclusive organisation that only has 20,000 members worldwide.

Suzanne Leggott elected as Chair of the East Midlands Branch of STEP

Suzanne Leggott has been elected as the Chair of the East Midlands branch of STEP which comprises approximately 170 Trusts and Estate Practitioners across the East Midlands region.

In her role, Suzanne will attend the STEP Branch Chairs’ Annual Conference, a body which represents over 20,000 STEP Members worldwide and will have the opportunity to network and share experiences with many high profile contacts who operate in the private client sphere.

Suzanne Leggott said: “It is a real honour to support such a well-known organisation that has supporting family issues at its core. Working closely with regional practitioners and on their behalf will be a challenge which I am very keen to rise to.  I will do my best to promote STEP as a brand regionally and also the interests of STEP members  and to uphold the values STEP rightly espouses and promotes.”

Mark Dunkley is appointed to STEP mental capacity special interest steering group

In addition, Mark Dunkley has been appointed as a member of the STEP mental capacity spread interest group steering committee which helps to frame the law and practice in this growing work area, which is becoming increasingly important to individuals and their families.  Mark’s appointment means that he is one of just nine mental health legal practitioner specialists from law firms around the world with a seat on the steering group. 

Mark Dunkley, who is also a partner at the firm, said: “I am proud to be involved with STEP and I look forward to helping to spread understanding of the complex issues many families face when planning their futures. Part of my role will involve helping to raise professional standards and ensuring that members of the public seeking support get the best possible advice as well as contributing to government policy on mental health issues affecting clients and their families and liaising with the appropriate regulatory bodies in this work area”.

"This is exactly why we like to work with people who understand the industry and can identify potential issues and create solutions."

Jon Saltinstall, Senior HealthCare Banking Consultant, Lloyds Bank