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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

WS/CLG Crofting Law Conference 2014

This year’s conference will address the impact of the recently passed Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2013 and will include an update from the administrators of the Crofting Law Sump (Derek Flyn and Keith Graham),... more

WS Property Law Conference 2014

This time next year, will you be carrying out conveyancing in the same way? As technology advances and conveyancing evolves, many practitioners face the challenge of developing their practice in the property sector.... more

WS/STEP Private Client Conference, Risk in Wills and Estates

The Honourable Lord Tyre will deliver the keynote presentation at the inaugural WS Society and STEP Scotland joint conference. The conference is designed for private client solicitors, trust and executry practitioners and other professional advisers.... more

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The WS Society is Scotland's independent association for lawyers and one of the oldest professional bodies in the world with over 500 years of history. Today the Society supports the latest generation of lawyers and legal businesses, with professional support lawyer (PSL) and research services, training, accreditation, networking and events.

The Society's home, The Signet Library, is the iconic building for Scottish solicitors, adjacent to Scotland’s Supreme Courts complex. It is a superb facility for working and an outstanding venue for corporate and social events.

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Legal News

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax

Finance Secretary John Swinney has set out the new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) rates, which will replace the Stamp Duty Land Tax from April 2015. ... more

Queen’s Counsel appointment

The Scottish Government has announced that Sheriff Principal Mhairi Stephen has been appointed a Queen’s Counsel. ... more

Revised draft Acas Code

A slightly revised draft version of the Acas Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures has been laid before Parliament. The new draft takes into the recent EAT ruling in Toal v GB Oils.... more

The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliamentary Justice Committee has issued a call for evidence on the recently published Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill.... more

Partner appointments for Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn has announced the appointment of two international arbitration lawyers as partners in the firm. ... more