Society Bulletin

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

WS/STEP Private Client Conference, Risk in Wills and Estates

The Honourable Lord Tyre will deliver the keynote presentation at the inaugural WS Society and STEP Scotland joint conference. The conference is designed for private client solicitors, trust and executry practitioners and other professional advisers.... more

In conversation with Dr Eleonora Rosati

In conversation with Dr Eleonora Rosati IP and copyright lawyer Tuesday, 12 August 2014 The Pommery Champagne Café Bar Signet Library, Edinburgh 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm CPD: 1.5 hours (Law Society of Scotland) Dr Eleonora Rosati will be in conversation with Gill Grassie, Partner, Brodies on a wide range of legal issues affecting EU and UK copyright.... more


Welcome

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 2014, assessments will be offered in the following practice areas:

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

The assessment will run 3 November to 14 November 2014.

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

Progress of the new Child Maintenance Service

More than 60% of separated parents using the new CMS are now choosing to make their own financial arrangements rather than relying on the state to collect and pay maintenance on their behalf... more

Discussion Paper on compulsory purchase

The law in Scotland relating to compulsory purchase has taken another step towards reform with the publication of the Scottish Law Commission’s Discussion Paper on the issue.... more

Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill

The Scottish Government has published a Bill that will introduce a specific law to combat human trafficking and exploitation for the very first time in Scotland. ... more

Homicides at lowest ever levels

The number of homicide cases in Scotland has dropped to its lowest level on record, according to new statistics from the Scottish Government. ... more