Society Bulletin

WS and RoS Joint Land Registration Conference

The 2012 Act: Where are we now? Tuesday 20 May 2014 9.00 am – 12.45 pm Signet Library, Edinburgh Following the success of last year's sold out conference on the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012, the WS Society and Registers of Scotland will come together to host a joint update conference for all property law practitioners and professional advisors. Deputy Keeper of the Signet and commercial property expert, Caroline Docherty WS (Consultant, Morton Fraser) will chair a morning conference with a focus on the practicalities of the new regime.... more

Sir Walter Scott manuscript

Sir Walter Scott manuscript A unique manuscript “The Eve of St John” owned by the WS Society, is the subject of current academic research. More... ... more

WS Scotland's Future Conference 2014

Questions for the Scottish legal profession Tuesday 18 March 2014 9.00 am – 12.45 pm Signet Library, Edinburgh 2014 is a pivotal year for Scotland. It is vital for the legal profession to explore the consequences of the independence referendum. As many voters as possible must be encouraged to engage in the debate.... more

WS Charities Conference 2014

Charities and the Scottish Independence Referendum – Legal and Governance Issues Thursday 13 February 2014 9.00 am – 12.45 pm Signet Library, Edinburgh The 2014 WS Charities Conference will focus on the impact of independence on the Scottish charity sector. From a position of impartiality the conference programme addresses the topics every charity lawyer, charity trustee and advisor to the sector needs to know.... 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 2013, assessments will be offered in the following practice areas:

  • Commercial Property
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate
  • In house
  • Employment

The assessment will run 21 October to 1 November 2013.

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

Drop in personal insolvencies

There has been a fall in the number of personal insolvencies in Scotland, according to new figures from the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB). ... more

Damages claims by victims of antitrust violations

The European Parliament last week approved a proposal for a Directive that will help citizens and companies claim damages if they are victims of infringements of the EU antitrust rules. ... more

Early conciliation in workplace disputes

Long-awaited changes to the process of making an employment tribunal claim came into force this week. ... more

Competition review into credit cards

The Financial Conduct Authority last week confirmed its intention to undertake a competition review into the UK’s £150bn credit card market at the end of this year.... more