Step Australia
excellence Awards

About the
Awards

STEP Australia Excellence Awards recognise exceptional and outstanding Australian TEPs. Open only to STEP Members in Australia, these Awards recognise and celebrate excellence among solicitors, lawyers, accountants, barristers, bankers, trust managers and financial advisors.

Winners for the STEP Australia Excellence Awards 2024 will be announced at the STEP Australia National Trust and Estate Conference Gala Dinner being held on 9 May 2024 at The Langham Melbourne

Nominate an Outstanding TEP

STEP Australia Excellence Awards recognise exceptional and outstanding Australian TEPs. 

Nominations are made via the below form. If you are a STEP Member you can nominate an Australian TEP for a STEP Australia Excellence Award. 

Applications for the STEP Australia Excellence Awards 2024 are now open.

STEP Australia
Masters Award

This award recognises an exceptional trust and estate practitioner who stands out from others in the field, and has been in professional practice for over 25 years. The winner will be a practitioner who has consistently demonstrated, over an extended period, advanced technical expertise, leadership and contribution to the profession and STEP over and above what might reasonably be expected. Nominees must be a full STEP member (TEP).  

Award Criteria

Applications close 25 March, 2024

STEP Australia
Excellence Award

This award recognises an exceptional trust and estate practitioner who stands out from others in the field, and has been in professional practice for less then 25 years. The winner will be a practitioner who has demonstrated advanced technical expertise, leadership and contribution to the profession and STEP over and above what might reasonably be expected. Nominees must be a full STEP member (TEP).

Award Criteria

Applications close 25 March, 2024

Submit
Application

To apply for one of the STEP Australia Excellence Awards, please download and complete the relevant form above. Save this form as a PDF and submit your application via the form here:



    Excellence Award Winners

    Congratulations to  Bryan Mitchell TEP of Mitchells Solicitors on being awarded the STEP Australia Masters Award 2023 and Natalie Silvester TEP of Legally Gifted Lawyers on being awarded the STEP Australia Excellence Award 2023.

    Masters Award Winner 2023

    STEP Australia Masters Award 2023

    Bryan Mitchell TEP of Mitchells Solicitors

    Excellence Award Winner 2023

    STEP Australia Excellence Award 2023

    Natalie Silvester TEP of Legally Gifted Lawyers

    Awards Night Gallery

    Judging panel

    David Marks KC TEP

    Inns of Court

    David Marks KC TEP is a commercial barrister, with particular experience in tax and revenue matters. As a barrister, he appears for taxpayers and the Revenue, honouring the cabrank rule. David also has a broader practice in trusts and estates, commercial and adminstrative law.

    Mercia Chapman TEP

    Equity Trustees

    Mercia Chapman TEP is a lawyer specialising in the areas of wills and deceased estates, trusts and charity law. Mercia holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and Bachelor of Law from the University of Melbourne and is Senior Legal Counsel for Equities Trustees Limited.

    Neil Wickenden TEP

    HLB Mann Judd

    Neil Wickenden TEP, is a former Senior Tax Partner with the New South Wales partnership of HLB Mann Judd for over 40 years, an Australasian group of chartered accounting firms. Neil is now a Consultant of HLB Mann Judd; advising on all aspects of Australian income tax (including capital gains tax), fringe benefits tax, and goods and services tax law to a range of clients including individuals, families and corporate groups.

    Susan Fielding TEP

    2022 Founder’s Awards winner

    Susan Fielding was admitted to practice in 1970 and for a period of over 40 years worked firstly at E M Heenan & Co and then at Northmore Hale Davy & Leake (later Minter Ellison) in the private client area doing a wide variety of work. Susan then moved with the practice to Jackson McDonald until her retirement in 2019.

    Committee Members

    Julie Van der Velde TEP

    Chair

    Ian Raspin TEP

    Committee Member

    Kimberley Martin tep

    Committee member

    Natalie Silvester tep

    Committee member

    GET IN CONTACT

    If you are interested in applying for an award you can register your interest for more information.