The Value of Legal Translation Professionals

Words to Deeds Conference 2018


Saturday 3 February 2018

Please note that to keep the programme as concise as possible, no honorifics have been used below. Details about the speakers' profiles can be found on the "Speakers" page.



Light breakfast for those who wish, espresso for those who need it (!). Croissants & pastries freshly made on site, or smoothies for the health kick. Networking - gently for those who are not early birds!


Keynote Address

We are extremely honoured that John Anthony Coleman, Québec's Agent-General for the UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries, will be giving the keynote address on the importance of translation to international affairs.


The Value of Super-Specialism

Panel Chair: Christine Schmit

How we became super specialised translators and why you should too Fernando Cuñado & Ruth Gámez

IP and Patent Litigation - A Niche within a Niche Karen Rueckert

Hybridity in Legal Texts Madalena Ferreira Ahman



Tea, coffee, networking, relaxing... ready to start again!

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The Value of Quality

Panel Chair: Malcolm Fowler

Blunders in cross-border financial translation Claudio Petrozziello

Gauging multilingual consistency Ingemar Strandvik

Legal Interpreting in England & Wames: How not to do it, and can we learn from our mistakes? Yvonne Fowler



The buffet lunch gives delegates a chance to mingle and make new contacts.

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Walks & Talks

Back by popular request... The Inn's private gardens "The Walks" are ours for some well-earned fresh air. Brainstorming, networking and a burst of energy for the afternoon workshops!

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Table Workshops

Each table will address a key theme for the profession - chosen by the delegates themselves.


Value in Action

Panel Chair: Christina Guy

Translation, communication (and avoiding litigation) from a lawyer's point of view Sahar Bhaimia

Winning cases hand-in-hand with clients: knowledge construction and international investments John O'Shea

The Importance of Being Earnest – why choosing the right translator is vital Mark Baulch


Showcasing Value

Panel Chair: Andrew Leigh

Why bother branding? Joanne Alexander

Showcasing Value: Codes of Conduct Gwen Clayton

Iustitia vs Mercurius. What do legal practitioners know about translators and interpreters? The case of Spain Elena Alcalde Peñalver & José Sergio Pajares Nievas


Closing remarks

The speakers share final insights to round off the conference.