Patricia Wass, Consultant with Enable Law, part of the Foot Anstey Group, based in Plymouth, UK, has been re-elected as worldwide Chair of STEP. A past chair of the Private Client Section Committee of the Law Society of England & Wales, she specialises in mental capacity law and issues relating to elderly people, and is a Panel Deputy for the Office of the Public Guardian.
STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) Worldwide is the professional association for practitioners that has 20,000 members in nearly 100 countries dealing with family inheritance and succession planning. This prestigious position is in recognition of her global leadership as well as her professional expertise advising families across generations.
‘I am delighted and honoured to have been reappointed for a further year to serve STEP as its worldwide Chair’, Patricia said. ‘We have many challenges ahead in the world of trusts and estates and for all those specialising in family inheritance and succession planning, not least in the areas of regulation and compliance that now dominate the private client industry across the world.
‘We will continue to work to improve public understanding of the issues families face. We will continue to help families prepare for their future. We will continue to work with policymakers and regulatory authorities across the world to examine and challenge policy proposals and to help develop guidance and support. I look forward to working with the Board and Council of STEP in the coming year and wish to ensure that all of our members feel supported by the wider Society wherever they are based.’
Named as a ‘first-class lawyer and panel deputy’ by Legal 500 2017, Patricia notes that it is her work with Enable Law that keeps her up to date with clients’ concerns, be they related to mental capacity, the needs of elderly or vulnerable people, or clinical negligence.
At STEP, Patricia provided some welcome continuity when many new faces joined the Board of Directors, including David Russell TEP QC, Nancy Golding TEP QC, William Ahern TEP, Simon Morgan TEP and Dayra Berbey de Rojas TEP. Ian Huddleston TEP has been newly elected and will commence his term in January 2018.
During her tenure, Patricia has been a major force behind the Your STEP project, which ensures that every member of STEP, wherever they are based, receives equal value from membership.
STEP chief executive George Hodgson said, ‘STEP CEO George Hodgson said, ‘Patricia has been closely involved with STEP for many years at both a regional and global level. She has always shown great dedication to ensure that STEP remains valued and relevant to members across the world and helping build STEP into the leading international professional body for those advising families on inheritance and other inter-generational issues’.