Lexacom face-to-face legal terminology workshops

Back in March, I posted about a series of legal terminology webinars presented by David Hutchins of Lexacom. Today I’d like to make you aware of his autumn programme of face-to-face courses to be held in London, England. The courses can also be organized for groups elsewhere – recent venues have been Prague, Bologna, Copenhagen and Stockholm, for example.

David’s courses are aimed at bringing knowledge of English common law both to lawyers from civil law jurisdictions, and to legal translators and interpreters.

David’s face-to-face courses are highly motivating and fast-paced, and have been very favorably reported on two occasions by the Institute of Translation & Interpreting (ITI) – to see the articles click here, as well as being recommended for lawyers by the German DeutscheAnwaltAkademie and the Swedish Armed Forces.

In particular, I think that it is extremely refreshing that a solicitor of such experience is interested in working with translators, listening to their comments and generating such rich interaction – building those bridges I keep talking about… 🙂


David Hutchins has been a solicitor since 1967. He was until 1998 the Senior Partner of Hutchins & Co, Solicitors, London, a firm he founded in 1971. He has been responsible for, inter alia, the selection and supervision of trainee solicitors. He is currently a Practising Consultant with the firm.

His legal experience includes conveyancing, wills, probate, landlord and tenant, commercial contracts, employment law, criminal law, family law, professional negligence, personal injury claims and general civil litigation. He has been a frequent Guest Speaker on ‘English for Lawyers’ courses and is also an experienced small-group presenter. He speaks and reads French and has a working knowledge of German, Italian, and Latin. He was formerly a QLTT (Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Test) Oral Test Assessor for Altior Consulting & Training Ltd on behalf of the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority).

Important information for those in France who can pop over to London: Reimbursement of all or part of the course fee from FIF PL may be possible for French residents: an application may need to be made well in advance of the course date but see their website.

Regarding disclosure, I have no commercial relationship of any kind with the company Lexacom, and provide the above details purely for information purposes.

Applied Language Solutions – finally, something is to be done (hopefully)

Until now I have resisted the temptation to write about the British Applied Language Solutions / Ministry of Justice court interpreting contract – I felt that so many others had said all there was to say. For a tongue-in-cheek account, see Rainy London Translations’ post which contains lots of interesting links.

However, today, when I saw two tweets, I just had to put pen to blog, as it were.

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UK legislation 1267-present, online

To add to recent posts on access to national legislation, here is the UK: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/. Do click to enlarge the picture on the right – a beautiful depiction of Common Law (in my opinion) from the Law Library of Congress archives.

Most types of primary legislation (e.g. Acts, Measures, N.I. Orders in Council) are held in ‘revised’ form:

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Britain’s ancient statute book

This week a report produced jointly by the Law Commission for England & Wales (LCEW) and the Scottish Law Commission recommends repealing more than 800 pieces of legislation dating from the 14th century onwards in order, according to LCEW chairman Sir James Munby,  “to simplify and modernise our law, making it more intelligible. It saves time and costs for lawyers and others who need to know what the law actually is, and makes it easier for citizens to access justice. We are committed to ridding the statute book of meaningless provisions from days gone by and making sure our laws are relevant to the modern world.”

Here’s where the fun starts, though – some of those laws include:

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