Worldwide Excellence Awards

The Worldwide Excellence Awards celebrate the top scorers across all STEP exams globally.

Twice annually we recognise the top scoring student, per STEP exam or assignment worldwide, plus the highest scoring graduates across each of the diplomas, aggregated across the four diploma papers.

Winners are announced in June (top scorers from the previous 1 July-31 December) and November (top scorers from the previous 1 January-30 June).

International

Highest scoring students in STEP exams worldwide, 1 July - 31 December 2016


Jo-Anne Stephens TEP

Higgs & Johnson
Highest scoring graduate of STEP Diploma in International Trust Management and top scorer for STEP Advanced Certificate in Trustee Investment and Financial Appraisal
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Creation: Law and Practice
Romi Sahai ACA

Romi Sahai ACA

Minerva Middle East DMCC
STEP Advanced Certificate in Company Law and Practice
Charlotte Watts TEP LLB

Charlotte Watts TEP LLB

Wilsons Solicitors LLP
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes (November)
Rachel Davison TEP

Rachel Davison TEP

Taylor Wessing LLP
STEP City of London Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes (November)
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trustee Investment and Financial Appraisal
Matthew Carman TEP

Matthew Carman TEP

Stevens & Bolton LLP
STEP Advanced Certificate in UK Tax for International Clients (November)
David Fava

David Fava

Blue Line Consulting Ltd
STEP London Central STEP Advanced Certificate in UK Tax for International Clients
Jasmine Ming Tak Lai

Jasmine Ming Tak Lai

HSBC Trustee (Hong Kong) Limited
STEP Certificate in International Trust Management Student of the Year
Anna Gray

Anna Gray

Babbé LLP
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Administration and Accounts

Regional: England & Wales

Highest scoring students in England & Wales exams, 1 July - 31 December 2016


Harriet Amy Betteridge

Stevens & Bolton LLP
Highest scoring graduate of the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates - England and Wales
Emma Langley

Emma Langley

STEP (E&W) Advanced Certificate in Administration of Estates (November)
Rebecca Oatley

Rebecca Oatley

AC Mole & Sons
STEP Bristol
STEP Advanced Certificate in Taxation of Trusts & Estates - England & Wales (November)
Claire French TEP

Claire French TEP

STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust & Estate Accounting (November)
John Rouse

John Rouse

Wright Hassall Leamington Ltd
STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation (November)
Natasha Evans

Natasha Evans

STEP Certificate in Trusts and Estates (November)
Tessa Williams

Tessa Williams

STEP UK Certificate in Financial Services Trust and Estate Planning
Jessica Bermingham

Jessica Bermingham

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
STEP Administration of Trusts (November)

Regional: Northern Ireland

Highest scoring students in Northern Ireland exams, 1 July - 31 December 2016

Christopher Jess TEP

Christopher Jess TEP

CMG Cunningham Dickey Solicitors
Highest scoring graduate of the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates - Northern Ireland and top scorer for the STEP Advanced Certificate in Taxation of Trusts and Estates

Fiona Kathryn Wallace

Carson McDowell
STEP Advanced Certificate in Administration of Trusts (Northern Ireland)

Marie-Anne McVeigh

McCartan Turkington Breen
STEP Advanced Certificate in Administration of Estates

Regional: Scotland

Highest scoring students in Scotland exams, 1 July - 31 December 2016


Kirsten Anderson

Stronachs LLP
Highest scoring graduate of the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates – Scotland

Lindsay Bryce MacKay

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

Adelle Seaton

Turcan Connell
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trusts: Law & Practice (Scotland)

Sarah Stewart

Harper Macleod LLP
STEP Advanced Certificate in Wills and Executries

Stuart Millar

Gibson Kerr
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust and Executry Accounting (Scotland)

Regional: Canada*

*The 1 July 2016-31 December 2016 time frame does not apply to the Canadian awards

Highest scoring students in Canada exams, 1 July - 31 December 2016


Dwight D Dee

Miller Thomson LLP
STEP Diploma Program Course 1: Law of Trusts

Martina Zanetti

Pawson Law
STEP Diploma Program Course 2: Taxation of Trusts and Estates

Denese Espeut-Post

Avery Law Office
STEP Diploma Program Course 3: Wills, Trust and Estate Administration

Meghan Davis TEP

Collins Blay LLP
STEP Diploma Program Course 4: Trust and Estate Planning
Qualified Practitioner Essay

Diploma

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.
This year we have a tie:


Meghan Davis TEP

Collins Blay LLP

Becky Turcotte TEP

The Millar Corporation

Qualified Practitioner Route

1 July - 31 December 2016


Christian Reber

Spectrum Value Management Ltd
Switzerland and Liechtenstein (Law)

Ross Belhomme

LJ Partnership
Switzerland and Liechtenstein (International Issues)

Previous Winners

(Please click on the '+' icons below to view former winners).

Winners 1 January - 30 June 2016

International

Highest scoring students in STEP exams worldwide, 1 January - 30 June 2016


Ms Kim Haakonson TEP

Landmark Management
Highest scoring graduate of STEP Diploma in International Trust Management

Derek Rawlings

Rawlinson & Hunter BVI
STEP Advanced Certificate in Company Law & Practice

Jo-Anne Stephens

Higgs & Johnson
STEP Cayman Islands STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Administration & Accounts (International)

Olya Hetsman TEP

Omega International Agents
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Creation: Law & Practice (International)

Richard Manyon

Payne Hicks Beach
STEP London Central STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trustee Investment & Financial Appraisal (International) (Joint winner)
Christian Hay

Christian Hay

Collas Crill
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trustee Investment & Financial Appraisal (International) (Joint winner)

Iskra Doukova

Macfarlanes LLP
STEP London Central STEP Advanced Certificate in UK Tax for International Clients

Diana Knight

HSBC Trustee (C.I.) Ltd
STEP Certificate in International Trust Management

Tamsin Cates

Alexiou, Knowles & Co.
STEP Certificate in Foundations


Regional: Singapore

Highest scoring students in Singapore exams, 1 January - 30 June 2016


Ang Kok Chin

Financial Alliance Pte
STEP Certificate for Financial Services – Trusts and Estate Planning (Singapore)

Regional: England & Wales

Highest scoring students in England & Wales exams, 1 January - 30 June 2016


Laura Mitchell TEP

Hart Reades
Highest scoring graduate of STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates – England & Wales

James McGlaughlin

Farrer & Co LLP
STEP Advanced Certificate in Administration of Trusts (England & Wales) (Joint winner)

Louise O'Toole

Irwin Mitchell LLP
STEP London Central STEP Advanced Certificate in Administration of Estates (England & Wales) (Joint winner)

Lisette MacDonald TEP

Harrison Clark Rikerbys Ltd
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust and Estate Accounting (England and Wales) (Joint winner)

Jennifer Morries

Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust and Estate Accounting (England and Wales) (Joint winner)

Thomas Kirkhope

Harrison Clark Rikerbys Ltd
STEP Advanced Certificate in Taxation of Trusts & Estates (England & Wales)

Rachel Coowar

The Red House Consulting Ltd
STEP London Central STEP Certificate for Financial Services – Trust and Estate Planning (England and Wales)

Katharine Howard

Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP
STEP Certificate in Trusts and Estates (England & Wales)

Jack Burroughs

Ashtons Legal
STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation (England & Wales)

Regional: Northern Ireland

Highest scoring students in Northern Ireland exams, 1 January - 30 June 2016


Julie Ann Osborne

Stewarts Solicitors
STEP Northern Ireland Highest scoring graduate of STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates – Northern Ireland, and top scorer for Advanced Certificate in Taxation of Trusts & Estates (Northern Ireland)

Fiona Kathryn Wallace

Carson McDowell
STEP Northern Ireland STEP Advanced Certificate in Administration of Trusts (Northern Ireland)

Regional: Scotland

Highest scoring students in Scotland exams, 1 January - 30 June 2016


Lynsey Kerr

Lindsays Solicitors
Highest scoring graduate of STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates – Scotland, and highest score on Advanced Certificate in Trust and Executry Accounting

Lindsay Bryce MacKay

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

Adelle Seaton

Turcan Connell
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trusts: Law & Practice (Scotland) (Joint winner)

Joanne Todd

Blackadders LLP
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trusts: Law & Practice (Scotland) (Joint winner)

Sarah Simpson

James Guthrie & Company LLPP
STEP Advanced Certificate in Wills and Executries (Scotland)



Winners 1 July - 31 December 2015

International

Highest scoring students in STEP exams worldwide, 1 July - 31 December 2015


Jennifer Normand TEP

Lenz & Staehelin
Highest scoring graduate of STEP Diploma in International Trust Management

Jo-Anne Stephens

Higgs & Johnson
STEP Cayman Islands STEP Advanced Certificate in Company Law & Practice

Kwende Thomas

MWM Global Holdings Ltd
STEP Advanced Certificate in Company Law & Practice – Online (DL+)

Oana Crisan TEP

Garfield-Bennet Trust Co ltd
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Administration & Accounts (International) (Joint winner)
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Administration & Accounts (International) (Joint winner)

Theresa Fos

(Posthumous Award)
STEP BVI STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Administration & Accounts (International) – Online (DL+)
Siobhan Moret

Siobhan Moret

Caversham SA
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Creation: Law & Practice (International)

Derek Rawlings

Rawlinson & Hunter BVI
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Creation: Law & Practice (International) – Online (DL+)

John Fitzgerald

Gordon Dadds LLP
STEP London Central STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes (Joint winner)

Rachael Sanders

Nerine Trust Company Ltd
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes (Joint winner)

Jack Henderson TEP

Bentley Reid & Co (UK) Ltd
STEP London Central STEP Advanced Certificate in Trustee Investment & Financial Appraisal (International)
Bella Sovmiz, STEP Cyprus

Bella Sovmiz

Marcuard Trust (Cyprus) Ltd
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trustee Investment & Financial Appraisal – Online (DL+)

Rebecca Bedford

Forbes Dawson
STEP Advanced Certificate in UK Tax for International Clients

Eliana Sydes

Towry Law Financial Services
STEP Certificate for Financial Services – Trusts and Estate Planning

Len De Vries

Dinner Martin Attorneys
STEP Cayman Islands STEP Certificate in International Trust Management

Lolita Domanico

Societe Generale Private Banking
STEP Certificate in International Trust Management – Online (DL+)

Qualified Practitioner

The highest scoring QP papers submitted in 2015 with marks 90+

President’s Prize QP Student of the Year 2015 (British Virgin Islands) Accounts & Admin

Sanyu Richards

Simonette Lewis
President’s Prize QP Student of the Year 2015 (British Virgin Islands) International Issues

Joel Smith TEP

Kleinwort Benson Jersey
President’s Prize QP Student of the Year 2015 (Jersey) Accounts & Admin
STEP London Central President’s Prize QP Student of the Year 2015 (England & Wales) Accounts & Admin

Regional: England & Wales

Highest scoring students in England & Wales exams, 1 July - 31 December 2015


Hannah Kirkham TEP

Allington Hughes
Highest scoring graduate of STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates – England & Wales

Hannah Claire Howe

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

Shivali Kapoor

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

Helen McCabe

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

Karl Dembicki TEP

Woodfines Solicitors
STEP Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients

Georgina Heal

Marcussen Consulting LLP
STEP Advanced Certificate in Taxation of Trusts & Estates (England & Wales)

Christopher Hopkins TEP

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

Fiona Clarke TEP

Burness Paull LLP
STEP Certificate in Trusts and Estates – England & Wales

Regional: Northern Ireland

Highest scoring students in Northern Ireland exams, 1 July - 31 December 2015

Highest scoring graduate of STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates – Northern Ireland

Julie Ann Osborne

Stewarts Solicitors
STEP Northern Ireland STEP Advanced Certificate in Accounting (Northern Ireland)

Francis Eóin McConville

Fisher & Fisher
STEP Advanced Certificate in Estates (Northern Ireland)

Regional: Scotland

Highest scoring students in Scotland exams, 1 July - 31 December 2015


Carol Holmes TEP

Grigor & Young
Highest scoring graduate of STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates – Scotland, and highest score on Advanced Certificate in Accounting (Scotland)

Caroline Pringle

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

Kirsten Anderson

Stronachs LLP
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trusts (Scotland) (Joint winner)

Laura Burns

Harper Macleod LLP
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trusts (Scotland) (Joint winner)

David Mathieson

Thorntons Law LLP
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trusts (Scotland) (Joint winner)

Adelle Seaton

Turcan Connell
STEP Advanced Certificate in Wills and Executries – Law and Practice (Scotland)


Regional: Canada

Each year, STEP Canada recognises the four students who achieve the highest marks in each of the STEP Canada Diploma courses, the student who achieves the highest mark in a qualified practitioner essay, and the student who receives the Gerald W. Owen Book Prize. Awards are presented to these students during our national conference in June. Please join us in congratulating them on their accomplishments in 2015.


Justin Hoffman TEP

Davis Martindale LLP STEP London and Southwest Ontario Gerald W. Owen Book Prize, Sponsored by the Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company

Sharon Mendonca

Shrigley Battrick
Law of Trusts Course

Denika Heaton

Moodys Gartner Tax Law LLP
Taxation of Trusts and Estates Course

Andrea Payne TEP

TD Wealth Private Client Group
Trust and Estate-Planning Course

Joanne Golden

Golden Estate Law
Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration Course

Daniel Watts TEP

Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP
Qualified Practitioner Essay: Estate Planning for Blended Families