Society Bulletin

WS Commercial Contracts Conference

In collaboration with the Hastie Stable, the WS Society will host a morning conference on Commercial Contracts on 5 March 2015, chaired by Michael Howlin QC. The conference will delve into the impact of recent decisions of the Supreme Court and Court of Session, in the context of advising parties to Scottish commercial contracts. ... more

WS Charities Conference 2015

Leading London lawyer, Anne-Marie Piper (Head of Charities, Farrer and Co), will deliver the keynote address at the popular WS Charities Conference which returns on 19 February 2015…. ... more

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


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

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax

Finance Secretary John Swinney has set out the new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) rates, which will replace the Stamp Duty Land Tax from April 2015. ... more

Queen’s Counsel appointment

The Scottish Government has announced that Sheriff Principal Mhairi Stephen has been appointed a Queen’s Counsel. ... more

Revised draft Acas Code

A slightly revised draft version of the Acas Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures has been laid before Parliament. The new draft takes into the recent EAT ruling in Toal v GB Oils.... more

The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliamentary Justice Committee has issued a call for evidence on the recently published Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill.... more