Society Bulletin

ALA/WS Conference on Agricultural Law

The popular Agricultural Law Association and WS Society Joint Conference on Agricultural Law returns for its eighteenth year on 5 June 2015.... more

WS Personal Injury Law Conference 2015

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

WS Energy Law Conference 2015

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

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


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

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act consultation

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on modernising the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 in Scotland, including proposals to shorten the timeframe for disclosing previous convictions to employers for certain types of offenders... more

Lindsays to merge with RSB macdonald

Lindsays and Tayside firm RSB macdonald announced last week that the two firms are to merge in July, creating a 38 partner business.... more

Support for land reform proposals

The Scottish Government has published an analysis of the responses to the recent Land Reform consultation, revealing that most of the proposals received over 70% support from respondents.... more

Fall in arrears and repossessions continues

Latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show a fall in the first quarter of this year in the number and the proportion of UK mortgages in arrears or ending in repossession. ... more