Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

STEP Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide the opportunity for practitioners and related professionals to connect and advance their focused area of practice. Specialisms focus around some of the more complex issues families face in planning for their future surrounding international families, protection of the vulnerable, family businesses and philanthropic giving, for example. The groups aim to benefit the practitioner, their area of specialisation, the clients they serve, and the industry at large. Professionals who are not STEP members are welcome to join SIGs. Download the SIGs overview brochure (PDF 133KB). 

What the Special Interest Groups aim to do and why you should join:

  • STEP SIGs aim to encourage advances in specialist areas of practice; enable global networks; support individual career development; champion the profession and increase business opportunities
  • There are currently seven global SIGs and these focused areas are listed below
  • Membership of the SIGs is open to STEP Members and non-members alike
  • Find out how to join one or more of our SIGs
  • Find out SIG benefits of being a member of one or more of our SIGs 
Business Families

Established in 2007, the group focuses on what makes business families distinct, their particular challenges and how to best address them.

Contentious Trusts and Estates

The group focuses on international trust and estate jurisprudence while promoting best practice in avoiding, or dealing with, contentious trust and estate disputes and trustee litigation.

Cross-Border Estates

The Cross-Border Estates Global Special Interest Group addresses the domain of estate planning and the administration of estates/successions across international borders, with a focus on reconciling divergent inheritance rules between civil code jurisdictions, common law jurisdictions, and other codes of law.

Digital Assets

Established in recognition of the emerging issues related to how practitioners effectively assist clients and their fiduciaries in planning for and administering the digital assets of individuals after the individual dies or loses capacity.

International Client

The International Client Global SIG focuses on the needs practitioners worldwide serving, or aspiring to serve, international clients with complex planning needs; focusing on lifelong professional business development and career support.

Mental Capacity

Established in 2010, the group focuses on the increasing importance and relevance of issues concerning capacity in all aspects of legal work relating to inheritance and succession planning. The group aims to ensure that all members are kept up to date with developments and, indeed, are part of the debate and shaping the future where possible.

Philanthropy Advisors

The group focuses on enhancing the strategic nature of giving and social investing to raise the status of private client philanthropy advisory and help encourage further professionalism.

Apply to join one of the Global SIG Steering Committees by 30 September 2023
The steering committees of our various SIGs are now accepting applications to fill a number of vacancies on each of the steering committees. Global applications are welcomed. Find out more and view the schedule.

To join a STEP SIG, simply log in or register and click on 'Edit your SIGs' if you are already logged in


Explore the benefits of being a member of one or more of our Special Interest Groups


Rules and guidance on all matters related to the set-up, running, governance and operation of Global SIGs