Society Bulletin

WS Employment Law Conference

WS Employment Law Conference 24 September 2015 9.00am – 1.00pm Signet Library, Edinburgh The annual WS Employment Law Conference returns on 24 September 2015. Leading legal experts will present technical sessions on recent legislative and case law developments followed by an interactive panel discussion on the issues likely to have the most critical impact on employee relations in the next ten years ... more

In conversation with Professor Peter Butt

Professor Peter Butt, Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, will be in conversation with Philip Rodney WS, Chairman, Burness Paull on Wednesday 9 September...... more

WS/STEP Private Client Conference 2015

Richard Frimston, Head of Private Client at Russell-Cooke, London will present the keynote session at this year’s WS and STEP Scotland joint conference for private client solicitors on 8 October 2015 ... more

WS Intellectual Property Conference 2015

Carolyn Jameson, in-house counsel with Scotland’s first $1 billion web company, Skyscanner, will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s WS IP Law Conference. The conference will be chaired by leading IP lawyer Gill Grassie. ... 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 2015, assessments will be offered in the following practice areas:

  • Commercial Property
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate
  • In house Public Sector
  • In house Private Sector
  • Employment

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.


Legal News

Reform of the General Court

The Council of the European Union this week backed a proposal to reform the General Court of the European Court of Justice, to help it deal with an increasing workload and ensure that legal redress in the EU is guaranteed within a reasonable time.... more

Land Reform Bill introduced

The Scottish Government has published the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, which is intended to radically reform issues of fairness, equality and social justice connected to the ownership of, access to and use of land in Scotland.... more

CMA looks at online reviews and endorsements

The Competition and Markets Authority has found that online reviews and endorsements are proving useful to consumers, but it has concerns that some practices may be unlawful. ... more

Modernising succession law

The Scottish Government has introduced a Bill to reform succession laws, including the effects of divorce, dissolution or annulment on a will, into the Scottish Parliament. ... more