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 A unique manuscript “The Eve of St John” owned by the WS Society, is the subject of current academic research. More... ... more
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
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:
There has been a fall in the number of personal insolvencies in Scotland, according to new figures from the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB). ... more
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
Long-awaited changes to the process of making an employment tribunal claim came into force this week. ... more
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