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/STEP Private Client Conference 2015

Richard Frimston, Head of Private Client at Russell-Cooke, London will present the keynote session at this year’s WS and STEP Scotland joint conference for private client solicitors on 8 October 2015 ... more

WS Intellectual Property Conference 2015

Carolyn Jameson, in-house counsel with Scotland’s first $1 billion web company, Skyscanner, will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s WS IP Law Conference. The conference will be chaired by leading IP lawyer Gill Grassie. ... 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 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

Guidance on unfair contract terms

The Competition and Markets Authority has published new guidance on unfair contract terms, taking into account recent case law and the forthcoming Consumer Rights Act 2015... more

Appointment for Murray Beith Murray

Murray Beith Murray has announced the appointment of Bill Meldrum as a Senior Associate in the Commercial Property Department.... more

Civil justice statistics

Scotland’s Chief Statistician published the latest civil justice statistics last week, revealing that the total number of civil law cases initiated in Scottish courts is at its lowest for five years.... more

New commissioner to tackle late payment culture

The Government has published a discussion paper on proposals for a Small Business Commissioner to help tackle payment disputes and other unfair practices.... more