The Honourable Lord Jones, Chair of the Scottish Civil Justice Personal Injury Committee, will deliver the keynote speech at the WS Personal Injury Law Conference on 28 May 2015.... more
Lewis Macdonald MSP, Shadow Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism will open the WS Energy Law Conference on Thursday 23 April. The conference programme will explore the renewable energy sector's achievements to date and the basis for growth in the future. ... more
This year’s conference programme follows the steps taken on sale of a private limited company. The expert speakers will address the legal and technical aspects, but also offer practical advice based on their experience. ... more
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
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:
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.
Planned reform of the European Small Claims Procedure took a step forward this week after MEPs approved proposals designed to cut costs and paperwork for both consumers and businesses.... more
The Scottish Government has announced the appointment of Robert Weir QC as sheriff of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway and Joan Kerr as sheriff of Glasgow and Strathkelvin. ... more
The EU Parliamentary Civil Liberties Committee recently approved draft EU rules to ensure that the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty is fully respected in member states. ... more
The latest reconviction statistics show that during the past decade there has been a decrease in the proportion of offenders being reconvicted, and a decrease in the number of times that offenders are reconvicted. ... more