Society Bulletin

WS Financial Crime Seminar 2016

Scottish businesses are becoming increasingly attuned to the damage that corrupt practices can cause to commerce, competitiveness and growth. The WS Financial Crime Seminar provides an essential update on policy, legislation, investigations and case-law in this area. The seminar includes a case study to demonstrate the variety of issues which arise on the infiltration of a Scottish company by financial crime. ... more

WS Employment Law Conference

WS Employment Law Conference 24 September 2015 9.00am – 1.00pm Signet Library, Edinburgh The annual WS Employment Law Conference returns on 24 September 2015. Leading legal experts will present technical sessions on recent legislative and case law developments followed by an interactive panel discussion on the issues likely to have the most critical impact on employee relations in the next ten years ... more

In conversation with Professor Peter Butt

Professor Peter Butt, Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, will be in conversation with Philip Rodney WS, Chairman, Burness Paull on Wednesday 9 September...... more

WS Property Law Conference 2015

Professor Donald MacRae OBE will open this year's WS Property Law Conference, with his views on the future of the Scottish property market. Professor MacRae is Chief Economist with Lloyds Banking Group Scotland, responsible for monitoring the Scottish economy.... 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 unique 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 2016, assessments will be offered in the following practice areas:

  • Commercial Property
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate
  • In house Public Sector
  • In house Private Sector
  • Employment

The next assessment will run from 17 October to 28 October 2016. The deadline for applications is Friday 9 September 2016.

To find out more about how to apply see How to become accredited.

To read more about the principles underpinning the scheme please see our aims.

Renewals and Re-accreditations

The deadline for applications for Renewals and Re-accreditation (including submission of Referees' Reports) is Friday 18 March 2016.

Legal News

Setback for Bill on criminal jury reform

A Bill that would both abolish Scotland's not proven verdict and change the majority required in jury trials for a conviction has failed to receive the backing of Holyrood’s Justice Committee.... more

Summary sheriff appointments made

The Scottish Government has announced the appointment of Scotland’s first summary sheriffs. The new judicial office, created by The Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, is part of the Government’s reform of the judicial system... more

Reforming the framework for UK elections

An interim report published by the Law Commissions of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland has recommended the creation of a new, modern and rational legal framework to govern the conduct of elections and referendums.... more

Trade secrets reform progresses

A provisional deal on new rules to help firms win legal redress against theft or misuse of their trade secrets was endorsed by the European Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee last week. ... more