STEP Global Representative Power

What is the STEP Global Representative Power?

The STEP Global Representative Power (GRP) is a template and a benchmark for a lasting/enduring power of attorney that is globally recognised and portable across borders. It serves as a model ‘best-practice’ template to governments globally when developing new legislation or reviewing existing provisions.

Why do we need the STEP GRP?

The STEP GRP was developed by a group of STEP’s expert members in response to concerns from practitioners about the absence of a globally recognised and consistent form of lasting/enduring power of attorney.

Global ageing populations mean that increasing numbers of people across the globe need to plan for what would happen if they were to lose mental capacity. But in many countries, there is no way for them to do so, as there are no legal frameworks in place to enable this. In others, the legislation exists, but it may not be as robust as it should be.

This lack of consistency from one country to another presents significant barriers to protecting and upholding the rights and interests of vulnerable clients, particularly in an age where many people have property and family in different countries.

The STEP GRP aims to resolve this by proposing a set of guiding principles that, if adopted globally, would provide consistency and portability while protecting the rights and interests of vulnerable people.

STEP Global Representative Power toolkit

The toolkit below contains everything you need to implement the STEP Global Representative Power in your jurisdiction.

STEP’s call to action

We are calling on all jurisdictions globally to implement robust legal frameworks for safeguarding incapable clients through powers of representation.

In line with such initiatives as the Hague Convention on the International Protection of Adults, we believe such frameworks should be consistent to encourage cross-border recognition.

The STEP Global Representative Power provides a standard template for such legislation, and we hope to work with governments to support them in adopting this for the benefit of all their citizens.

Get in touch

Get in touch with us to discuss how the STEP GRP can be adopted in your jurisdiction. You can email us at [email protected] to start the conversation.

STEP Expert Panel

The STEP GRP was developed by a group of expert practitioners in response to concerns from practitioners about the absence of a globally recognised and consistent form of lasting power of attorney. The Expert Panel comprises practitioners from a range of jurisdictions:

  • Yue-En Chong TEP, Advocate, Solicitor and Managing Director, Bethel Chambers LLC – Singapore
  • Richard Frimston TEP, Private Client Consultant, Russell-Cooke Solicitors – UK
  • Kelly Greig TEP, Partner and Head of Estate Planning & Tax Team, Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors – UK
  • Kate Hanslow, Senior Associate, Simmons Wolfhagen Lawyers – Tasmania, Australia
  • Ian Lebane TEP, Vice President and Tax & Estate Planner, TD Wealth, Wealth Advisory Services – Ontario, Canada
  • Claire van Overdijk KC TEP, Senior Counsel, Carey Olsen – Bermuda
  • Margaret Walsh TEP, Partner, Sheil Solicitors LLP – Ireland
  • Michael Wells-Greco TEP, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys SA – Switzerland