Society Bulletin

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 Corporate Law Conference 2015

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

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


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

Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

A joint administration for courts and devolved tribunals will come into effect in Scotland on 1st April, when the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service assumes the responsibilities currently held by the Scottish Court Service and the Scottish Tribunal Service.... more

Redundancy consultation outcomes to be improved

The Business Minister Jo Swinson has launched a call for evidence seeking views on how to improve consultation and information sharing between employers and employees when a company is faced with insolvency.... more

New sanctions for tax evasion

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced a new regime to tackle offshore tax evaders, including two new criminal offences and higher penalties.... more

Scottish law firms optimistic, says survey

Scotland's law firms are strongly optimistic about the coming year, reporting rising profits per equity partner, increasing fee incomes and higher staff numbers, according to a new survey.... more