Lindsay Kirkwood and Samera Ali, solicitors at Tayside based solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry, have both achieved a coveted international industry qualification, the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates (Scotland), and are now fully-fledged members of the organisation.
STEP is the leading worldwide professional body for practitioners in the fields of trusts, estates and related issues. It runs several qualifications for those who advise on family inheritance and succession planning, including Certificates, Advanced Certificates and Diplomas. Students need to gain a specific number of credits via examination, essays or prior experience in order to become a Full Member or TEP.
The qualification means that both Lindsay, who works in Miller Hendry’s Dundee office, and Samera, who works in Miller Hendry’s Perth office, are now internationally recognised experts in their field of family inheritance and succession planning.
Lindsay previously won a STEP Worldwide Excellence Award for achieving the highest mark in her Trust and Executry Accounting paper on her journey to achieving her Diploma. She was one of only 46 students internationally to receive such an award.
Ernie Boath, Head of Private Client department at Miller Hendry, said: “We’re delighted to have two team members who are now fully-fledged members of STEP and therefore internationally recognised experts in their field. Lindsay and Samera have both done incredibly well and as a firm we are extremely proud of their achievements.”
Madeleine Jennes, STEP’s Senior Manager, Professional Development, said: “The STEP Diploma is a rigorous and challenging qualification, which takes years of study. We extend our warmest congratulations to Samera and Lindsay on completing the diploma and achieving Full Membership of STEP conferring the designation TEP. The TEP designation gives assurance to clients that their advisor is a highly qualified and experienced trust and estates practitioner, upholds high professional standards and is best placed to advise them and their families across the generations.”