60-second interview with Gordon Stuart
What does your firm do?
Accuro operates a multi-jurisdictional trust and family office business which works with international families holding cross-border assets. We pride ourselves on the highly-personalised service we offer.
What has STEP done for you, individually, or as a business?
Accuro was the proud winner of the Trust Company of the Year (midsize firm) at the STEP Private Client Awards 2017/18 held in London. As a result of winning this prestigious award, we have received fantastic international exposure for our brand.
What is the most important thing STEP does, in your opinion?
There are too many to choose from! We have staff who are enhancing their careers by studying STEP qualifications, and STEP seminars always attract top quality speakers who discuss informative topics. STEP’s international community enables practitioners to access global information from their peers. Finally, it provides members with an internationally-recognised designation that gives current and prospective clients the peace of mind that they are dealing with skilled advisors.
You will be speaking at the South Africa Conference 2018 conference next month. What will you be speaking on, and what are the main issues?
My subject is ‘Why do I need a UK/US/European will?’ With many South Africans investing significant portions of their assets internationally, the need for multijurisdictional estate planning is become ever more important.
What do you most like about your job?
It’s dynamic! Intellectually it is extremely stimulating, as laws and rules are always changing, so I am always learning new things. I also find it rewarding interacting with individuals who may think they have an insurmountable problem, when I can find a solution to it.
...and what do you feel is most worthwhile?
The satisfaction of helping people.
What would you say to a young person thinking of a career in this industry?
I have experienced many different jobs ranging from retail to accounting. I have always enjoyed fiduciary work, and it has taught me so much.
Which jurisdictions are likely to see the strongest future growth, do you think?
Mauritius is a tiny island but punches far above its weight. The country has been ranked first in Africa in many international accolades including the Global Competitive Index (2016 - 2017), the World Bank for ease of doing business (2017), the Index of Economic Freedom (2017), the Index of African Governance, the Global Information Technology Report, and many more. It’s also a well-regulated business jurisdiction with a good record of adherence to international standards of best practice. It offers an abundance of professional service providers at a relatively low cost, and an educated and multilingual workforce.
Gordon will be speaking at the South Africa Conference 2018, which takes place in Johannesburg from 23-24 April.
Published in STEP, 26 March 2018