MEMBERS of the Yorkshire branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) - including four former chairmen - celebrated the organisation's 15th anniversary at the Leeds Club in Albion Place.
STEP provides education, training, representation and networking for its members, who are professionals specialising in trusts and estates, executorship, administration and related taxes.
Clive Barwell, the current Yorkshire Branch chairman, said the occasion was also a celebration of the strength of the Yorkshire branch, one of the strongest and most supported in the UK.
The first-ever formal STEP meeting was held in London on July 4, 1991, and 15 years later STEP has 67 branches in every major finance centre spanning 55 jurisdictions.
Nigel Shaw, of Yorkshire accountants Garbutt & Elliott and an ex-STEP chairman, said: "It was a superb evening and was attended by many Yorkshire Branch members as well as current Step President, George Tasker, who was one of the founders of the Society."
He added: "The vision of creating a worldwide learning network for trust and estate advisors has come of age. From a cramped room in Baker Street, STEP now has nearly 12,000 members worldwide and is growing stronger."