The Honourable Lord Jones, Chair of the Scottish Civil Justice Personal Injury Committee, will deliver the keynote speech at the WS Personal Injury Law Conference on 28 May 2015.... more
Lewis Macdonald MSP, Shadow Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism will open the WS Energy Law Conference on Thursday 23 April. The conference programme will explore the renewable energy sector's achievements to date and the basis for growth in the future. ... more
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
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
Welcome to The Signet Accreditation – recognising excellence in legal services
The Signet Accreditation is a formal qualification for Scottish solicitors signifying proficiency in an area of legal practice. It is an initiative of The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet, Scotland's independent association for lawyers and one of the world's oldest independent professional bodies.
It is an entirely new approach to assessing and accrediting legal services in Scotland. The assessment methodology is cutting edge, offering practical benefit to both lawyers and users of their services by assessing client-focussed skills as well as legal knowledge.
In 2015, assessments will be offered in the following practice areas:
The assessment will run 21 September to 2 October 2015.
To read more about the principles underpinning the scheme please see our aims.
To find out more about how to apply see How to become accredited.
The deadline for applications for Renewals and Re-accreditation (including submission of Referees' Reports) is Friday 27 February 2015.
The Health and Sport Committee has published a report on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, finding that there are significant flaws in it but, ‘given that the issue of assisted suicide is a matter of conscience,’ making no formal recommendation on the Bill.... more
House prices rose 13.3% in the fourth quarter of 2014-15 compared to the same period in the previous year, according to official statistics published by Registers of Scotland... more
The number of personal insolvencies in Scotland is now at its lowest level in ten years, according to figures released last week by Accountant in Bankruptcy... more
The Scottish Government will not proceed with the proposal to end the requirement for corroboration in criminal trials in Scotland during the current Parliament, says Justice Secretary Michael Matheson.... more