Do You Work with Translated Contracts? Juliette Scott Wants to Hear from You

Given that traditional contract language is confusing for native English speakers, it stands to reason that translating contracts from or into English would be a problematic undertaking. That’s something I wrote about in this article for the Bulletin of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting. (Hey, I’d find a way to get an article on contract drafting in any periodical!)

It was because of that article that I was contacted by Juliette Scott. She’s a language specialist who’s working on a PhD at the University of Portsmouth. She also blogs at Words to Deeds, a blog aimed at building bridges between translation and the law.

Her PhD research looks at the legal profession’s experience with translation, in particular of corporate and court-related documents. As part of her research she’s conducting a survey of people who commission or work with legal translations. (Go here to access the survey.) She asked me if I would be interested in taking the survey, but I haven’t had much occasion to work with translated contracts. But I volunteered to mention her survey on this blog, and that’s what I’m doing now.

If you have any contact with translated legal documents, I encourage you complete Juliette’s survey.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.