Welcome to STEP City of London
Our branch membership is approaching 500 (including students) and we hold up to 10 evening seminars a year for members at a variety of venues within the City and Mid-Town zones.
The Branch originally drew its membership from the EC postcodes with members being linked to Square Mile based firms. The relocation and mergers of many professional firms have meant that some branch members are now drawn from firms based outside the EC postcodes. Despite this the branch has continued to plough an independent furrow and this has been reflected in the branch programme which has tended more towards taxation and international issues with non-dom and offshore structures as perennial features.
Our branch membership is around 500 (including students) and we hold 10 or 11 evening seminars a year for members and friends at a variety of venues within the City and Mid-Town zones. Whilst these seminars are technically of a high standard (CPD points are available) they also provide excellent networking opportunities for our members. We are fortunate to be able to draw on the generosity of a number of businesses to provide accommodation and often lavish refreshments for these talks and also the exceptional services of speakers from the Bar or other experts keen to demonstrate their wares to our membership. We therefore do not need to charge members for these events as such, although we do however charge an annual precept of GBP10 to the members to cover other running costs of the branch. We average around 60-70 attendees per event.
We have contact with the London Central Branch and hold a joint event on a topic of mutual interest to both branches.
Members of the committee maintain close links with both STEP centrally and other professional bodies. Links include regular attendance at committee meetings by representatives from STEP HQ, and a committee member attending the England and Wales Committee to put forth the views of branch members and to feed back.
Student members are encouraged to attend our evening meetings and the Student Liaison Officer seeks to hold one or two pre-meeting sessions each year before the exams to go through topics of interest to the students.