Society Bulletin

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

WS Commercial Litigation Conference 2015

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, will open this year's WS Commercial Litigation Conference with his views on promoting the justice system to the Scottish business community. The Honourable Lord Doherty will then deliver the keynote speech,... 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 Public Sector
  • In house Private Sector
  • Employment

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.

Legal News

Regulation of financial benchmarks

The European Parliament and the Council of the EU this week reached agreement on new rules relating to the regulation of financial benchmarks. The move has been welcomed by the European Commission.... more

Views sought on draft Land Use Strategy

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the future of land use, aimed at getting the most from our land in an integrated and sustainable way.... more

Small business and competition law

The Competition and Markets Authority last week launched a suite of materials aimed at helping small businesses understand the dos and don’ts of competition law.... more

Report on wildlife crime penalties

A new report on the penalties available for wildlife crime offences has concluded that they have fallen behind those for other types of environmental crime, and that fine levels for many of these crimes have not kept pace with inflation. ... more