John Grundy STEPs up as chairman

John Grundy, an associate at the Birmingham office of national law firm Mills &Reeve, has been appointed as chairman of the Birmingham branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Mr Grundy took up the two-year post at the Society’s annual general meeting. He succeeds Alex Elphinston from Anthony Collins Solicitors.

A member of Mills & Reeve’s private client team, Mr Grundy specialises in advising clients on estate planning, wealth protection, trust formation and will writing. He has been an active member of the Birmingham branch of STEP for several years and heads its programme and technical committee.

As chairman of the branch, Mr Grundy will represent more than 400 members.

He said: “Having been a member of STEP for a number of years I have seen the organisation grow and develop, particularly in Birmingham, which continues to be the most active branch outside London. This is thanks to the continued support and engagement from our members, who recognise the benefit of being part of a national and international professional body for practitioners in the fields of trusts, estates and other related issues.”

Established in the UK in 1991, STEP’s aim is to raise the public profile of trust and estate work as a profession in its own right. The Society today has more than 17,000 members in 80 countries, with branches based in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Canada, the Caribbean, Central and Southern America, Europe, the Middle East and the US.