Society Bulletin

WS Sports Law Seminar 2016

Renowned international sports lawyer, Paolo Lombardi, will be in conversation with Bruce Caldow, (Harper Macleod) on the subject of international football regulation, following his appearance in the landmark case of FC Barcelona at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.... more

WS Financial Services Conference 2016

Lady Susan Rice CBE will deliver the keynote speech at the inaugural WS Financial Services Conference on 24 May. The conference will be of interest to specialist and in-house financial services lawyers as well as other professionals involved in regulation and compliance in the financial services sector.... more

WS Personal Injury Conference 2016

Sheriff Kathrine Mackie will open this year’s WS Personal Injury Law Conference with a keynote address on the topic of All-Scotland Sheriff PI Court. Sheriff Mackie will provide her insight into establishing values in the new specialist court. The conference programme will also cover:... more

WS Intellectual Property Law Conference 2016

Gill Grassie will again chair this year's WS Intellectual Property Conference which will take place on Thursday 21 April. As we approach World IP Day with its theme of Digital Creativity: ... more


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 unique 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 2016, assessments will be offered in the following practice areas:

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

The next assessment will run from 17 October to 28 October 2016. The deadline for applications is Friday 9 September 2016.

To find out more about how to apply see How to become accredited.

To read more about the principles underpinning the scheme please see our aims.

Renewals and Re-accreditations

The deadline for applications for Renewals and Re-accreditation (including submission of Referees' Reports) is Friday 18 March 2016.

Legal News

New EU customs rules

New customs rules are now in force, with the aim of making life simpler for businesses that trade in Europe and better protect consumers against illegal and counterfeit goods.... more

Revised UK Corporate Governance Code

The Financial Reporting Council has issued final draft updates to the UK Corporate Governance Code and the associated Guidance on Audit Committees to reflect forthcoming UK legislation on audit committees and auditor appointments. ... more

New EHRC Appointments

The Minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan, has announced the appointment of a new Chair and Scotland Commissioner to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).... more

Reforms of anti-money laundering regime

The Government is consulting on an action plan to deal with money laundering and counter-terrorist finance that includes reform of the existing supervisory regime, more international information sharing and a stronger law enforcement response.... more