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WS Corporate Law Conference 2015

This year’s conference programme follows the steps taken on sale of a private limited company. The expert speakers will address the legal and technical aspects, but also offer practical advice based on their experience. ... more

WS Commercial Contracts Conference

In collaboration with the Hastie Stable, the WS Society will host a morning conference on Commercial Contracts on 5 March 2015, chaired by Michael Howlin QC. The conference will delve into the impact of recent decisions of the Supreme Court and Court of Session, in the context of advising parties to Scottish commercial contracts. ... more

WS Charities Conference 2015

Leading London lawyer, Anne-Marie Piper (Head of Charities, Farrer and Co), will deliver the keynote address at the popular WS Charities Conference which returns on 19 February 2015…. ... more

WS/CLG Crofting Law Conference 2014

This year’s conference will address the impact of the recently passed Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2013 and will include an update from the administrators of the Crofting Law Sump (Derek Flyn and Keith Graham),... more

WS Property Law Conference 2014

This time next year, will you be carrying out conveyancing in the same way? As technology advances and conveyancing evolves, many practitioners face the challenge of developing their practice in the property sector.... more


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Legal News

Nuisance call crackdown

The Government has announced that it is changing the law to make it easier to impose fines of up to £500,000 on companies making unwanted marketing calls and texts.... more

Legal Writings Law passes Stage 3

The Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament earlier this week. ... more

Non-Executive Directors in banking

The Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority have announced that Non-Executive Directors in banking with specific responsibilities will come under the new Senior Managers Regime.... more

New financial rehab regulations laid

A set of regulations have been laid before the Scottish Parliament that will encourage debtors to save as part of their financial rehabilitation and help them with sustainable repayment plans.... more

New sentencing body for Scotland

A date has been announced for the establishment of the new Scottish Sentencing Council. According to the Scottish Government, the SSC will be established by October this year with a view to having a first meeting in November. ... more