Getting the most from STEP in practice

Cheryl FarnhamWe will always have our favourite reference books and much-thumbed precedents, however the world is constantly moving forward and the ‘Google it’ age is upon us whether we like it or not. I’ve decided if you can’t beat them, join them!

You may have noticed that STEP has recently revamped its website. If you have not taken a moment to look at it then I would suggest that you do because there are a number of tools available that could all become invaluable in practice.

Some of the areas that I have found most useful are as follows:

  • The first on the list for me has to be to make sure that you are subscribed to the STEP News Digest which provides excellent coverage of new cases, tax updates and legislative changes that might affect our working practices. UK and International digests are released twice weekly with North America and Latin America digests alternate every other week. All STEP publications/reports and news can be located under the Resources tab.
  • Under the Policy tab you will find the consultation tracker and this informs you which bodies STEP are currently in consultation with (together with the responding Committee) and also provides details of their responses. If you feel particularly strongly on any issues arising please provide feedback to the team – the tracker is very much an indication of work in progress and your opinion counts.
  • In recognition that members of the public may wish to know more about your designation, they now have a dedicated area of for the public to explain more.

The more you explore, the more you find: it is fantastic to find other TEPs from all over the world, to connect to your branch and find out what events are being held, and that is to name but a few. Take a look and see what you can find. STEP would be grateful for any feedback/thoughts of what would further help the TEP in practice. Contact them and let them know what you think.

Cheryl Farnham TEP is a Trust Manager at Pardoes LLP and is Chair of STEP’s UK Practice Committee

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