I spent an enlightening time at the virtual TerpSummit2021 discussing what lies in store for my sector, and it was wonderful to attend such an insightful and timely event with my colleagues. Whether I’m speaking at a conference or in my home office, staying one step ahead of the trends and latest developments in interpretation and translation means I can continue providing the highest-quality service to my clients on every assignment.
With the help of my talented team, I gave my website a spring clean, with new content and navigation to help clients find out more about my offers, skills and experience. It was a great opportunity to dip into the world of video, and I’m still so proud of the brand video we created – it sits front and centre on my homepage!
Ongoing restrictions in the UK led to a rise in RSI assignments, meaning I spent many early spring days interpreting panels, conferences and virtual hearings over Zoom. Oh, and balancing my screen time out with walks around the neighbourhood, of course!
Very few sectors have been left unscathed by Covid-19, and the legal sector is no different. With a huge backlog of cases to work through, more and more professionals have adopted virtual solutions to meet the demand.
Even before Covid-19, international hearings were logistically complicated in person, and virtual solutions were growing increasingly popular. This is why sector-specific interpreters are so important: they’re experienced with arbitrations and hearings but also have the technical ability to operate efficiently.
Having supported virtual hearings and arbitrations pre-Covid-19, I can see that this area is booming, and since March I have been receiving various enquiries for these assignments.
Legal interpretation and translation are one of my areas of particular expertise. Can I help with your next virtual hearing or arbitration?
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In April, I had the pleasure of interpreting the International Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC is a United Nations body whose primary role is to assess the science related to climate change – a topic about which I’m deeply passionate. Climate change is possibly the biggest issue we are facing right now, and being in the centre of the action is always a powerful and humbling experience.
London International Disputes Week (#LDIW21) was held on May 10th-14th. To celebrate, I joined a fascinating webinar on one of my favorite specialist topics: the latest changes to arbitration rules.
London is highly regarded as a global hub for international #disputes resolution. Not only are there a roster of experienced lawyers practising on UK soil, but court reporters, subject matter experts and legal interpreters too (like me!)
June was a busy month across the UK! Between the excitement of the Euros, lockdown restrictions lifting across the country, and a surge in overall requests for translation services following Brexit, we at One Stop Language Solutions had our work cut out for us. But the buzz of newly-reopened shops, restaurants and parks made it all the more worth it!
With a foot firmly in both England and Italy, the final of the European Championship was always going to be a win-win for me! In the viewing household, half of the living room was Italian and the other half were English. We even had friends and family dialing in virtually to cheer on their team! It was a fabulously exciting tournament from start to finish and reminded me of the great privilege I had in the past to work with footballing heroes like Francesco Totti, Andrea Pirlo and Sir Geoff Hurst. They were all dream assignments, and perhaps there will be more to come in the future – fingers crossed!
August kept me busy with many medical, pharmaceutical and life sciences assignments. These encompass a vast area with many diversified branches: each project requires an exacting effort, research, preparation and accuracy. And any error can cause delays or even missed approval for selling specific medications in certain markets, so I meticulously spend time making sure everything is perfectly prepared for my clients’ proposals and launches.
Like so many of us, I enjoyed a summer staycation this year, heading to Cornwall with my family. We were lucky enough to get that summer feeling with the wonderful weather… and vivid blue waters, crab sandwiches and Cornish pasties made getting away an even bigger treat!
During my trip, I was inspired by the politics I love to follow so much, and that have been such a key part of my career for decades. When in Cornwall, I made a point to visit Carbis Bay, where the latest G7 Summit was held!
September marked my first post-lockdown business trip! After over twelve months of working remotely, I was thrilled to hop on a plane again to Basel, Switzerland, to interpret at a medical conference for a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company I’ve had the pleasure of working with for over a decade! Being back in a booth to interpret English to Italian was pure joy.
Next, mid-September saw a truly incredible London Fashion Week. Every year I look forward to this fabulous glimpse into the minds of some of the most accomplished creatives in the world. Full of eminent names and rising stars, it’s an exhilarating look at the distinguished brands of the times. And during this time, I welcomed some of the most illustrious names in the fashion world into my own work – including Dior Couture UK, who selected me as their interpreter at their Journées Savoir-Faire event to help showcase their iconic Lady Dior bag. It was such an honour to be at the centre of it all!
In October, I found myself heading to Basel, Switzerland for my first post-lockdown international business trip!
Those of you who have already travelled abroad post-lockdown will be familiar with the tension arising with ensuring vaccination passports and paperwork are all present and accounted for, and whether your documents will all be accepted as per usual at customs.
But I didn’t have to worry for long – it was like returning to an old friend, as I interpreted for a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company I’ve had the pleasure of working with for over a decade!
Holding a four-day medical conference in Basel, it was wonderful to get back in the booth, interpreting English to Italian and vice versa throughout the event. This time also allowed me to gather my thoughts and reflect on the impact Covid has had upon my colleagues and I as interpreters.
The UK and Italy joined forces as the co-presidents of the COP26 summit. This summit brought together the United Nations to reach an agreement on how we’ll be tackling climate change – most likely one of our last chances to prevent many of the worsening disasters we’ve already witnessed in the tragic events of recent wildfires, flooding, and hurricanes.
In personal news, I received a wonderful testimonial from Mr. Mark Daniels after helping him purchase his new property in Italy. From liaising with the seller, architect and notaries to managing phone calls and translating legal and financial documents, I was able to be there for Mark every step of the way – afterwards, he wrote that ‘Luciana certainly went the extra mile on our behalf, we would have no hesitation in using her services in future, nor recommending her’!
As an interpreter and translator, I have the privilege of being there for people at some of the biggest moments of their lives. It was a wonderful experience to work with Mark, and to help him turn his process of moving abroad from a stressful situation to an exciting and even enjoyable event.
Working for Consensus Working Law Ltd from the 6th – 10th December, I interpreted at an arbitration case, after assisting with the translation of the witness statement. Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity of developing a strong relationship with the client in this trial, and they are very pleased with the service. The client even commented ‘Your services have been invaluable!’.
A highlight reel as bright as this one is hard to beat, but I am hopeful for everything 2022 has in store! I would love to hear what your top highlight (personal or professional) has been – please reply to this post and let me know! It’s always such a pleasure to read through your responses.