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Six receive Signet Accreditation

3 February 2012

Six more solicitors have been awarded the Signet Accreditation, the quality mark awarded by the WS Society in specialist areas of practice.

The successful candidates are:

  • Commercial property: Gregor Duthie, Ashleigh Farrell and Andrew Martin, all of Biggart Baillie LLP;
  • Commercial litigation: David Halliday and Lynn McMahon, both of Halliday Campbell WS;
  • Employment: Robert Phillips of Simpson & Marwick.

The six were presented their awards by Signet Accreditation board director, Jeremy Peat, former chief economist at RBS and BBC Trustee for Scotland, at a ceremony held at the Signet Library on 1 February.

Now running for four years, the programme is designed to test not only technical legal knowledge in the area of specialisation, but also skills that are vital for overall effectiveness from a client perspective. These include communication, commercial awareness, relevant non-legal knowledge and insight.

Mr Peat said: “It is not an exercise in lawyers themselves reinforcing what they like to see in other lawyers. It is a genuine attempt to encourage lawyers to better understand and satisfy the client. The Signet Accreditation is a great opportunity for lawyers and their firms to differentiate themselves and is something that all solicitors in Scotland should be considering as they challenge themselves to be the very best they can be”.

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