After qualifying as a lawyer in Sydney in 1982, I worked for several years in law firms in Sydney and Düsseldorf.

In addition to my experience as a practising lawyer, I also have experience as a legal researcher at the Institute for Private International Law and Foreign Law of the University of Cologne.

Since 1991 I have worked as a freelance translator of legal documents for lawyers, judges, law professors, accountants, tax consultants, the legal departments of several international companies as well as the German Federal Constitutional Court. Moreover, I was employed by a major German law firm as their in-house translator for seven years.


Some of my work has been published in Decisions of the Bundesverfassungsgericht - Federal Constitutional Court - Federal Republic of Germany (Nomos Verlag) and 60 Years German Basic Law: The German Constitution and its Court (CLJ Publication / Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.).

 
Qualifications
 

• Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney (1981)
• Admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia (1982)
• Master of Laws, University of Sydney (1985)
• Ph.D. in law, University of Cologne (1993)
• Sworn translator for English and German,
   authorised by the President of the Cologne Higher Regional Court (2007)

 
Professional background

• Solicitor with Abbott Tout Creer & Wilkinson, Solicitors, Sydney (1983 – 1985)
• Lawyer with Triebel & Weil, Rechtsanwälte, Düsseldorf (1985 – 1987)
• Research assistant at the Institute for Private International Law and Foreign Law,
 
 University of Cologne (1987 – 1991)
• Guest lecturer at the International University of Applied Sciences in Bad Honnef, Bonn (2003)
• Legal translator (part-time) at Flick Gocke Schaumburg, Rechtsanwälte, Wirtschaftsprüfer,
   Steuerberater, Bonn (2003 – 2010)
• Freelance translator - Elliott Legal Translations (1991 – today)

  **Detailed employment history at
http://www.xing.com/profile/Donna_Elliott


Memberships

• Member of the German professional body of translators – Association of Professional Interpreters and
  Translators (Bundesverband der Dolmetscher und Übersetzer e. V. - BDÜ)
• Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists German Society e.V.

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