WS Employment Law Conference

WS Employment Law Conference 24 September 2015 9.00am – 1.00pm Signet Library, Edinburgh The annual WS Employment Law Conference returns on 24 September 2015. Leading legal experts will present technical sessions on recent legislative and case law developments followed by an interactive panel discussion on the issues likely to have the most critical impact on employee relations in the next ten years ... more

In conversation with Professor Peter Butt

Professor Peter Butt, Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, will be in conversation with Philip Rodney WS, Chairman, Burness Paull on Wednesday 9 September... ... more

WS/STEP Private Client Conference 2015

Richard Frimston, Head of Private Client at Russell-Cooke, London will present the keynote session at this year’s WS and STEP Scotland joint conference for private client solicitors on 8 October 2015 ... more

WS Intellectual Property Conference 2015

Carolyn Jameson, in-house counsel with Scotland’s first $1 billion web company, Skyscanner, will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s WS IP Law Conference. The conference will be chaired by leading IP lawyer Gill Grassie. ... more


Welcome to The Signet Library

The Signet Library in the centre of Edinburgh’s old town is synonymous with prestige and Georgian elegance. Steeped in history, the building, with its lower and upper libraries, was completed in 1822 in time for the celebrated visit to Edinburgh of King George IV who described the upper library as “the finest drawing room in Europe”. The Signet Library continues to be owned by The Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet (also known as The WS Society) – an association of Scottish lawyers and one of the oldest professional bodies in the world. The Society’s origins lie in the 15th century as the “writers” of documents sealed with “the Signet”, the private seal of the Scottish Kings – hence “Writers to the Signet” or “WS”.