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Entries Are Now Open For The Eighth Annual STEP Private Client Awards.

1st March 2013 Paul Andrews

Recognising the best advisers for their work with private clients

Entries are now open for the eighth annual STEP Private Client Awards.
 
The STEP Private Client Awards is the pre-eminent international competition highlighting excellence across the private wealth sector.  The Awards include categories for private client lawyers, accountants,private bankers, financial advisors and trust managers. They offer an unrivalled opportunity for theseprofessionals to demonstrate excellence in their field and to their peer group.

This year’s Awards see the addition of the Family Business Advisor of the Year Award and the Young Practitioner of the Year Award.

Paul Stibbard TEP, Chair of the Presiding Judges and Senior Advisor at Rothschild Trust said: "The STEP Private Client Awards are truly international and the breadth of the award categories on offer covers the entire private wealth sector. They offer the opportunity for firms and individuals to demonstrate excellence to their peer group and clients. The standard of entries is always first-rate and with the help of the independent panel of expert judges I look forward to the challenge of separating the truly outstanding entries from the great."
 
Teams, firms and chambers can enter by completing an online form

The Awards are open to STEP members and non-members alike and the deadline for entries is 31 May 2013.

Categories this year are:
  • Accountancy Team of the Year
  • Boutique Firm of the Year
  • Chambers of the Year
  • Charity Team of the Year
  • Contentious Trust and Estates Team of the Year
  • Family Business Advisor of the Year (new for 2013)
  • Institutional Trust Team of the Year
  • International Legal Team of the Year
  • Investment Team of the Year
  • London Legal Team of the Year
  • Multi-Family Office Team of the Year
  • Owner-Managed Trust Team of the Year
  • Philanthropy Team of the Year
  • Private Banking Team of the Year
  • Private Investment Office of the Year
  • UK and Ireland Regional Legal Team of the Year
  • USA Team of the Year
  • Young Practitioner of the Year (new for 2013)
For nomination by the STEP Private Client Awards Panel of Experts only, there is the People’s Choice – Trusted Advisor of the Year

Finalists will be announced in early July with the winners being revealed at the Awards ceremony held on18 September at the London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel.
 
Last year’s winners included Ceris Gardner TEP as Trusted Advisor of the Year and Paul Stibbard TEP for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. XXIV Old Buildings won the Chambers of the Year Award and C. Hoare & Co. took home the Award for Private Banking Team of the Year.
 
Nicholas Holland of Bircham Dyson Bell, winners of last year’s Contentious Trust and Estates Team of the Year Award said:  "STEP is a global leader in private client accreditation and a STEP PCA is a true mark of quality. This Award marks a real achievement for us and a strong mark of the genuine quality of our team."
 
Guy Patterson of Stanhope Capital, winners of last year’s Private Investment of the Year Award said: "It is the ultimate accolade from our peers in the professional world."

Confirmed sponsors for the Awards include:
Butterfield Trust, First Names Group Limited, Hawksford, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Nedbank Private Wealth, Oracle Capital Group, Stonehage Group and Towry.
 
STEP’s Award charity is Feed the Minds www.feedtheminds.org. Feed the Minds deliver innovative education projects to help save lives, reduce poverty and transform communities in developing countries. Last year’s STEP Private Client Awards raised in excess of £65,000 for Feed the Minds through contributions by Awards entrants and funds raised at the Awards after party.
 

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