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 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
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
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:
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 4 March 2016.
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
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
New laws ending the current system of automatic early release from prison for the most serious offenders are now in effect. The change means no long-term prisoner in Scotland will be eligible for automatic release after two thirds of their sentence.... more
The Scottish Parliament has passed the Succession (Scotland) Bill, which will significantly reform succession laws, including the effects of divorce, dissolution or annulment on a will.... more