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

Wilful neglect offence?

The Scottish Government is consulting on plans to introduce new legal protections against the ill-treatment or wilful neglect of people receiving NHS or social care in Scotland.... more

Extension to automatic exchange of tax information

The European Council of Ministers has agreed on a draft Directive extending the scope for the mandatory automatic exchange of information between tax administrations.... more

New candour proposals for care

The Scottish Government is consulting on plans to impose a legal duty on all health or social care services in Scotland to tell people when harm has occurred during their care or treatment.... more

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax

The rates for the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax – which will replace UK Stamp Duty Land Tax from April 2015 – were announced this week as part of the Draft Scottish Budget 2015/16. ... more