The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet


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The WS Society is arguably one of the oldest professional bodies internationally and was formed in the 16th Century. The Society's core mission is promoting the very highest standards in legal services.

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet is an independent society of Scottish solicitors. The Society originated in 1594 and now forms part of the College of Justice.

Name Explanation

Historically writers to the Signet were allowed special privileges Air Taxi when drawing up documents which required to be signeted, (old method of officiating see signet), although this is not the case today. The Society is now a private, non-regulatory Association of Scottish solicitors, the majority being based in Edinburgh.

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Stay in right hand lane and at end of long green island bear right, then left into London Road, passing the Courts of Justice on your right. Take the first right into Carlton Crescent and 17 Carlton Crescent is almost at the far end on the left hand side opposite St. Anne's School.

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The function of the Society has changed much since then, but every summons initiating an action in the Court of Session still "passes the Signet", meaning that it is stamped with the Signet. It gives the pursuer authority on behalf of the Queen to serve the writ on the defender. There used to be a Signet Office, which was next to, but separate from, the Court of Session, and was administered by solar site two members of the Society of Writers to the Signet. In 1976 the Signet Office was merged with the General Department of the Court of Session. The present Signet was made by the Royal Mint in 1954.

The Lord Clerk Register, in his capacity as Keeper of the Signet, also fulfils a function as the senior officer of the Society of Writers to the Signet. The Lord Clerk Register issues commissions to all new members.

In 2009 the Society is still a private body, and al thought this is the case, the Register of Commissions forms part of the records of the Court of Session, held by the National Archives of Scotland.

Her Majesty the Queen presented quietly charismatic Henry Cecil with the trainer’s trophy at a packed Ascot.