STEP South Australia

We welcome all professional advisers, educators and students with a trusts and estates focus in their practice, whether for private or corporate clients.

STEP South Australia provides a forum in which professionals from different professions (law, accounting and financial planning) can collaborate and share knowledge and experience.  The areas of expertise of our members span taxation, trusts and equity, estates and succession planning, and dispute resolution.  There is particular interest and expertise in business families succession issues, through the Business Families Special Interest Group.

We aim to provide education in three main areas:

  • Trust law and equity
  • Estates and succession planning
  • Australian and State taxation issues concerning trusts, including superannuation funds

All of our events include networking opportunities after each presentation.

Most events are held in the early evenings and consist of lectures or panel discussions, covering both practical and theoretical/jurisprudential issues.  The presenters usually provide a written paper.

We also hold ‘Pop Up Discussion Groups’, which allow more informal and in depth discussion of recent lectures, cases or articles.  Attendees are encouraged to contribute to the discussion, and attendee numbers are limited.

The Annual Trusts Symposium is our showcase event each year.  The Symposium, which is primarily concerned with trust law, has become a ‘must attend’ event for many practitioners.  Speakers have included superior court judges, academics and leading lawyers.  For further details, see here.

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Committee Members

Richard Ross-Smith

Richard Ross-SmithCo-Chair

South Australian Bar
Julie Van der Velde TEP

Julie Van der Velde TEPCo-Chair

VdV Legal
Donna Benge TEP

Donna Benge TEPCo-Vice Chair

Piper Alderman
Adeline Lim TEP

Adeline Lim TEPCo-Vice Chair

Australian Executor Trustees Ltd
Connie Parkinson TEP

Connie Parkinson TEPSecretary

Carpenter & Associates
Stephen Thiele TEP

Stephen Thiele TEPTreasurer

Seta Pty Ltd
Rod Luker TEP

Rod Luker TEPCommittee Member

Hume Taylor & Co
Fiona Fagan TEP

Fiona Fagan TEPCommittee Member

Tindall Gask Bentley
Michael Fox TEP

Michael Fox TEPCommittee Member

KMT Wealth Strategies
David Wright

David WrightCommittee Member

University of Adelaide
Ian McFarlane

Ian McFarlaneCommittee Member

CMS Private Advisory
Harry Patsias

Harry PatsiasCommittee Member

Wallmans Lawyers

STEP South Australia Events

Date Event Venue
Wednesday 12 February 2020 Seminar

“Capacity & Consent: Issues Affecting the Elderly”

Dr Rachael Gray and Mark Taylor

Ticket Purchase


Naval Military and Air Force Club 111 Hutt Street, Adelaide
Friday 6 March 2020 STEP SA Trusts Symposium 2020


  • Arlene Macdonald, STEP South Australia’s founding member
  • The Honourable Dyson Heydon AC QC, Retired Justice of the High Court of Australia
  • The Honourable Justice Julie Ward, Chief Justice in Equity, Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • The Honourable Justice Kate McMillan, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • The Honourable Robert French AC, Retired Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia
  • Professor Charles Rickett, Dean of Law, Auckland University of Technology
  • The Honourable Tom Gray QC, Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • David W Marks QC, Inns of Court, Brisbane

STEP SA Annual Trusts Symposium 2020

Adelaide Oval North Adelaide
Thursday 2 April 2020 Seminar

“Offshore Tax Aspects of Deceased Estates”

Speaker To Be Announced

Adelaide Venue

Contact Us

For membership enquiries, contact the Membership Officer

For media enquiries, contact the Media Liaison Officer

For general enquiries, contact the Branch Secretariat