STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes

This qualification will help those involved with the creation and administration of trusts to anticipate, and avoid, the common pitfalls which can lead to trust litigation.

This course can be taken as part of The STEP Diploma.

Course details

This course provides practitioners with the technical knowledge and practical skills required to avoid and better manage trust disputes. 

  • Gain in-depth expertise: Improve your understanding of the themes that are commonly encountered in relation to trust disputes to enable you to anticipate and avoid issues, reducing the risk and need of litigation. 
  • Practical focus: Practical advice and guidance written by practitioners, for practitioners.
  • Build valuable connections: Network with like-minded professionals in varied roles and firms from all over the world. 
  • Industry recognition: Successful completion provides 30 Diploma Level credits towards STEP membership, enhancing your professional standing, and is awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, a School of the University of Manchester.

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STEP Diploma


This Advanced Certificate can be taken as part of the STEP Diploma

Entry requirements

60 Entry Level credits which can be achieved through:

  • Completion of a STEP Certificate (30 credits)
  • Previous learning - confirmed through Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) application - 30 credits
  • Work experience - confirmed through Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) - 30 credits

Note: You do not need to apply for APEL or APCL if you already have confirmed, or if you have studied for at least two STEP Certificates previously.

Become a member of STEP

This is a STEP course/qualification. STEP membership is required to study this course and must be maintained throughout the duration of your studies.

You will need 60 Entry Level credits and if you are not already, you will become an Affiliate member by enrolling on this course. STEP will contact you regarding membership 4-6 weeks after course enrolment.

Successful completion of the course will provide 30 Diploma Level credits as part of the STEP Qualification and Membership framework.

What will I learn?

  • Recurrent themes and key principles in trust disputes
  • Different causes of trust disputes
  • Measures to protect parties in anticipation of trust disputes
  • Preventative actions to avoid trust litigation
  • Post-litigation safeguards for involved parties
  • Issues to consider in cross-border litigation
  • The potential risks involved in the creation and administration of trusts and how to manage and avoid them

Is this course right for me?

The course is designed for all professionals involved in the creation and administration of trusts.

Students of this course typically include:  

  • trust officers/administrators
  • trust managers
  • trustees/fiduciaries
  • corporate administrators
  • lawyers/solicitors/attorneys
  • wealth managers
  • financial/estate planners
  • accountants
  • tax advisors
  • compliance officers/managers
  • bankers 

Course format

This course is available for study twice a year.

The programme is delivered online and will take four months to complete. We recommend that you spend four to six hours per week on private study for the four months prior to the assessment.

Enrolment onto this course will include the following:

  • access to the online learning platform containing:
    • bespoke course reading
    • supporting podcasts
    • self-assessment material
    • distance learning support
  • assessment fees

The course is assessed by way of a 3,500-4,000 word written assignment based on a published case study.

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