Have you ever wondered what the W.S in our name stands for?

W.S. stands for ‘Writers to the Signet’ and is widely recognised as signifying exceptional standards of competence and integrity within the Scottish legal profession.

Historically the Signet was the private royal seal of the early Scottish Kings. Once King James VI went to London to become King James I, he and subsequent Kings and Queens could no longer readily affix the royal seal to documents in person; it was the Writers to the Signet who became authorised to supervise its use and, later, to act as clerks to the Courts.

The WS Society was established definitively by 1594. It owns, and operates from, the Signet Library in Edinburgh’s Old Town, adjacent to the Courts and St. Giles Cathedral, a building which it established from 1810.

Each Writer to the Signet is an inducted member of the W.S. Society and belongs to Scotland’s College of Justice along with the nation’s senior judges, known as Senators, and its advocates, the equivalent of barristers.
Our current Partners are all Writers to the Signet in their own name, which enables “W.S.” to be included as part of our firm’s name.

It is interesting that very few other firms nowadays, of those entitled to, use the W.S. suffix, but we are proud to be associated with this long legal history and to use the suffix in our firm name.

Merry Christmas from us all!

Wishing one and all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all the team at J. & H. Mitchell Solicitors and Estate Agents.
Here are some of our legal team getting in to the festive spirit at the recent Aberfeldy Festive Fun Day.
Our offices will close at 4pm on Friday 23rd December and will re-open at 9am on Wednesday 4th January 2017.

Charity Newsletter 2016

Our annual Charity Newsletter 2016 is now available to download at the Charities and Communities section of our website.

This year’s Newsletter covers a number of topics including an OSCR update and notice of new reporting requirements for charities.

If you would like mjhm-cardore detailed information or further advice on any of the matters raised or any other Charity Law matters please do not hesitate to contact Colin Liddell, who is an accredited specialist in Charity Law (colin.liddell@hmitchell.co.uk),or Sarah Rennie (sarah.rennie@hmitchell.co.uk).

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive advance notice of future Newsletters and our Charity Trustee Training Seminars please contact us.

Charity Law re-accreditation for Colin Liddell


Our Senior Partner, Colin Liddell , has been re-accredited as a Law Society of Scotland specialist in Charity Law.

This means that not only is Colin the first solicitor in Scotland to be accredited as a specialist in Charity Law he is now the first solicitor to have been re-accredited for a fourth term (of five years), following his accreditation in 2001, and re-accreditations in 2006, 2011 and now 2016.

Accreditation signifies exceptional knowledge and skill within a specific legal practice area.

Currently, Colin is Chairman of Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Aberfeldy Highland Ball, and a Trustee of a number of other charities including Royal High School Preservation Trust and Dunard Fund. Colin is commentator at the Pitlochry Highland Games and is Patron of the Moulin & Pitlochry History Circle.  Author of ‘Pitlochry – A History’(2008). Contributing Author to ‘A Practical Guide to Charity Law in Scotland’ (2016).

Colin regularly provides training seminars and talks for charities throughout Scotland and beyond. If you would like to join our mailing list to receive advance notice of Colin’s next seminar and our Annual Charity Newsletter please email j@hmitchell.co.uk

A Practical Guide to Charity Law in Scotland – Handbook Released!









‘A Practical Guide to Charity Law in Scotland’ has now been published by W. Green (ISBN 978-0-414-03256-9). There are 13 chapters in all covering all aspects of a charity’s life in Scotland (whether a Scottish charity or a charity from another jurisdiction, such as England & Wales, which is registered in Scotland). Our Colin Liddell has contributed two chapters, one entitled ‘Variation, Reorganisation and Amalgamation’ and the other entitled ‘Dissolution and Winding-Up’. Registered charities will receive a 20% discount from the list price by contacting alan.bett@thomsonreuters.com

Planning for the Future

J & H Mitchell WS invite you to our FREE Seminars aimed at individuals approaching the latter stages of life, and those who care for them. These seminars will include presentations on Wills, Powers of Attorney and Care Home Fees, as well as guest presentations on financial services from local financial advisors.

The Seminars will take place at:jhm-logo-500px
Aberfeldy (Town Hall), 21st September, 6.00pm
Pitlochry (Scotland’s Hotel), 28th September, 6.00pm

To reserve your place, call 01796 472606

We look forward to seeing you there.

Pitlochry Pre-School Playgroup Donation

25 07 16 Playgroup photoJ & H Mitchell were delighted to donate £400 in support of Pitlochry Pre-School Playgroup, which was raised through donations from clients as well as from the firm. The Playgroup has been one of the cornerstones of the Pitlochry community for many years, and relies on donations to continue its good work. Partner Paul Keith is pictured here presenting the cheque.

Kenmore Highland Games 2016

 We were pleased to donate a new ‘Tug-o-War’ rope for this years Kenmore Highland 07 07 16 Photo 20160706-FA3A1969-EditGames. The previous rope, which had been in use for over 40 years, was sadly vandalised in May. Here is a photo of one of our Partners, Paul Keith, presenting the new rope at this year’s Games together with two of the Senior ‘Tug-o-War’ teams taking part. Thanks to Kenmore Photography for the photo.