RSM tax director receives STEP worldwide excellence award for top marks

12 July 2023

Nicola Clough, tax director at RSM UK has received a worldwide excellence award for achieving the highest score globally in the STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) Advanced Certificate in ‘Advising the Family Business and Family Business Governance’. 

The advanced certificate provides students with a practical approach to learning, using realistic case studies and scenarios. STEP’s core focus is on promoting the highest standards and professional excellence. 

Nicola, who is based at RSM UK’s Liverpool office, was the top scoring student internationally at distinction level (70 per cent or above) for the exam. Winners hail from 17 jurisdictions across the globe including: England and Wales, Austria, Canada, Germany, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Italy, Jersey, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and the US.

Nicola Clough, tax director, RSM UK said: ‘I am both surprised and honoured to receive this recognition, and I intend to continue studying to achieve full membership of STEP. I would encourage other tax advisers to consider these qualifications, as it helps set them apart from the competition. Studying alongside work has been challenging at times, however I’ve found this course invaluable in helping me develop deep technical expertise and practical client skills, and building valuable new connections in the middle market.’

Kevin Duffy, regional managing partner for RSM in the North West said: ‘It’s great to see Nicola’s hard work recognised with this prestigious accolade. Our greatest asset is our people, and we are lucky to have such a talented and ambitious tax director to support our clients.’