Seamless West African French Legal Interpretation for Immigration

Discover how Tomedes provided expert English to West African French interpretation for a law firm's Zoom meeting.

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Seamless West African French Legal Interpretation for Immigration

May 22, 2024

Our Client

Company name: B & C Firm [Pseudonym]

What does the company do?

B & C Firm is a renowned immigration law firm based in the US. They specialize in providing comprehensive legal services to individuals, families, and businesses navigating the complex U.S. immigration system.

Timeframe of the Interpretation session: 4 hours

What do they need?

Our client needed professional two-way legal interpretation solutions via Zoom for their client meetings to facilitate effective communication between English-speaking attorneys and West African French-speaking clients from Cote d'Ivoire. The meetings involved intricate legal discussions regarding immigration, necessitating precise and culturally aware interpretation.

The Challenges

Even though the interpretation solutions via Zoom only occurred within a couple of hours, we still encountered a couple of challenges:  firstly, the legal discussions during the meetings involved complex and specialized terminology that required accurate interpretation to ensure clear understanding and proper legal advice. Secondly, it was crucial for the interpreter to understand and appropriately convey cultural nuances and idioms specific to Cote d'Ivoire, ensuring that the clients felt understood and respected. Thirdly, conducting the interpretation services remotely via Zoom added a layer of complexity, requiring reliable technical setup and seamless coordination to avoid any communication disruptions.

We overcame these challenges for two key reasons: first, our extensive global network of legal interpreters enables us to identify and connect with the ideal expert for each project. Second, our unwavering commitment to quality service ensures adherence to strict protocols, establishing our reputation for excellence in multilingual solutions for the legal system.

Why Tomedes?

With almost two decades of experience in providing interpretation solutions for the legal industry, Tomedes offers interpretation solutions for companies, law firms, and private clients from French to English and vice-versa.

With our extensive network of native French language professionals worldwide, we can swiftly provide English-to-French translation and interpretation, including variants like West African French. Our extensive experience in the language industry enables us to offer both linguistic accuracy and cultural relevance, particularly in specialized fields such as law.

Our interpreters are trained to handle cultural nuances and idiomatic expressions, ensuring sensitive and effective communication in legal contexts. Additionally, we ensure a stable and secure Zoom connection in our interpretation sessions by conducting preliminary technical checks, guaranteeing seamless communication during the meetings.

The Solution

First, Tomedes engaged in detailed briefings with B & C Firm to understand the specific legal context and terminology that would be used during the meetings. This thorough preparation ensured that the interpreter was fully prepared to handle the complex legal discussions, accurately convey specialized terminology, and address any cultural nuances relevant to the clients from Cote d'Ivoire.

Second, we assigned an experienced interpreter from Cote d'Ivoire, fluent in both English and West African French, to handle the project. This interpreter had a strong background in legal interpretation, ensuring they were well-equipped to manage the complex legal terminology and cultural nuances required for the meetings, thereby facilitating clear and effective communication between all parties involved.

Lastly, our team ensured a robust technical setup, which included comprehensive pre-session technical checks to confirm that all equipment and connections were functioning correctly. These measures were crucial in minimizing the risk of disruptions, guaranteeing a seamless and uninterrupted communication experience during the meetings. 

The Result

Our client was more than satisfied with the outcome of the 4-hour legal interpretation via Zoom, praising the quick and seamless process. The interpretation session between B & C Firm, their client, and the immigration agents was highly productive, facilitating effective legal consultations and decision-making.

B & C Firm was impressed by our professionalism and the expertise of our West African French interpreter. Following our last conversation, the success of this project has led our client to seek more partnerships for similar projects. Due to the nature of their law firm, they anticipate requiring our interpretation solutions more frequently in the future.


Our expert interpretation solutions played a crucial role in ensuring effective communication between B & C Firm and their West African French-speaking client from Cote d'Ivoire. Through our skilled legal interpretation solutions, our client effectively navigated complex legal terminology and cultural nuances with precision and professionalism.

Are you in need of a reliable expert in legal interpretation solutions for West African French and other French variants? Look no further—Tomedes is here to help. We offer 24/7 solutions tailored to fit any timezone. Reach out to us, and our dedicated global customer success team will promptly address your inquiries, ensuring you receive the support you need whenever you need it.

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