Society Bulletin

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


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:

  • Commercial Property
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate
  • In house
  • Employment

The assessment will run 21 August to 2 September 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.

Legal News

Competition redress consultation

Regulator the Competition and Markets Authority is consulting on draft guidance relating to the voluntary redress schemes that it will be empowered to approve once the Consumer Rights Bill comes into force.... more

Increase in EU Court activity

New figures from the Court of Justice of the European Union reveal that in 2014 the institution brought 1,685 cases to a close: an increase in productivity of 36.9% over the past five years... more

Traffic offenders traceable across the EU

Rules for sharing information on traffic offences committed by drivers of foreign vehicles will apply to all EU countries from 2017, following the adoption of a new cross-border enforcement Directive by the European Council of Ministers. ... more

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