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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

In conversation with Dr Eleonora Rosati

In conversation with Dr Eleonora Rosati IP and copyright lawyer Tuesday, 12 August 2014 The Pommery Champagne Café Bar Signet Library, Edinburgh 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm CPD: 1.5 hours (Law Society of Scotland) Dr Eleonora Rosati will be in conversation with Gill Grassie, Partner, Brodies on a wide range of legal issues affecting EU and UK copyright.... more

WS Sports Law Conference

Commonwealth Games Special – Glasgow 2014 Tuesday 17 June 2014 9.00 am – 12.45pm Signet Library,Edinburgh The world's sporting spotlight turns on Scotland this year as it hosts the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, quickly followed by the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.... 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

Orphan works licensing scheme

A new licensing scheme has been launched that could give wider access to at least 91 million culturally valuable creative works in the UK ... more

New sheriff appointed

The Scottish Government has announced the appointment of Craig Douglas Turnbull, solicitor, as a floating sheriff of North Strathclyde. ... more

Wilful neglect offence?

The Scottish Government is consulting on plans to introduce new legal protections against the ill-treatment or wilful neglect of people receiving NHS or social care in Scotland.... more

Extension to automatic exchange of tax information

The European Council of Ministers has agreed on a draft Directive extending the scope for the mandatory automatic exchange of information between tax administrations.... more

New candour proposals for care

The Scottish Government is consulting on plans to impose a legal duty on all health or social care services in Scotland to tell people when harm has occurred during their care or treatment.... more