German law is based on the Constitutional Law if Germany (1949) which was also adopted by East Germany following reunification. Its roots stem back to Roman law, but German law also carries a strong Napoleonic influence. German law is made up of public law, for matters involving the state (including criminal law) and private law.
Swiss law derives largely from the Swiss Civil Code which has been in force since 1912. The Swiss Civil Code carries heavy influences of the German Civil Code and also some influences of the French Civil Code. Swiss law is particularly highly developed in certain areas, e.g. finance and tax, and also varies from canton to canton.
Translating in and out of German, including Swiss and Austrian German, is one of our largest language combinations. We have a very strong in-house German capability and have carefully built up relationships with a wide selection of world-class German translators.
Whether you’re looking to expand your business into a German market, or you want to build your existing presence a German-speaking country, we are the perfect partner.
Some of our German Legal translators
Ulrike is a native German speaker who has worked as a freelance translator since 2006. After graduating with an M.A. in German and English from the Humboldt University in Berlin, she went on to pursue a PhD in German and Scandinavian literature at the University of Michigan. After 8 years in the US, she moved to the UK, taking the Diploma in Translation exam with the Institute of Linguists. Her general paper was awarded Distinction, her technology paper received a Merit and as her other specialty she chose law. Apart from languages, Ulrike enjoys singing in choirs and taking walks in the British country side with her family.More about …