About the Video

An Insight into what legal translators need to know about the law, the legal process and their role within it

The language of German legal system may appear incomprehensible and untranslatable, but actually it is not. However, the world of legal translation is rather different from other kinds of translation and translators who do not appreciate this are unlikely to succeed.

Module 2 (EN-DE translation workshop)

The trainer chose four different texts about German legal system to discuss: two extracts from agreements, an extract from a judgment and an extract from a piece of academic writing.


Angela Sigee

Angela (MITI, DPSI) is a fully qualified German lawyer, based in Manchester, who has been working full-time as a legal translator since 1997 and has been one of the two North-West Translators’ Networks Training and Event Managers since 2016. She also ran translation workshops for the now defunct MA in Legal Translation at City University, London, and has presented this eCPD webinar in 2013, 2014 and 2016.


1 hour

Who should watch it

Translators who are taking part in the current run of the German legal system translation course with Angela Sigee and Richard Delaney, and would like to see more text samples.

What are the benefits to you

If you missed the previous run of the course, with these videos you will get further translation practice.

A few comments from the earlier German legal system course with Angela Sigee

“Excellent webinars with a really knowledgeable and lucid speaker!”

“Resources very valuable… this course is useful reassurance in terms of my work from German into English.”

“The two webinars by Angela have demystified the area of German- English legal translation and make me feel more comfortable with the topic. Angela clearly has a lot of experience in this area and I feel that I’ve really benefitted by attending her sessions.”

“Angela presented very well on the topics she chose and her slides were meticulously reinforced with references. In a way, just seeing how she put the presentations together was an insight into how German trained lawyers think and operate.”

“I am particularly grateful for the notes and links.”

“I expected an insight in legal translation between English and German and couldn’t have asked for more. It was brilliant!”

“The field of legal translation is something I am considering looking at and this has given me some knowledge with good pointers of where to look in the future.”

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