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


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”.