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

ALA/WS Joint Conference on Agricultural Law

Friday 6 June 2014 9.00 am – 4.00 pm Signet Library, Edinburgh The longstanding Agricultural Law Association and WS Society Joint Conference on Agricultural Law returns for its seventeenth year on 6 June. ... 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”.