Matt Firth, MA, LLB, CTEFLA was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England in 1972 and has lived in Innsbruck, Austria since 1998. He studied English and French Law at the University of Canterbury, Kent (UK) and pursued his interests in language and law to MA level in 2006 (dissertation subject: Materials Design in English for Legal Purposes).
Matt began teaching General English and English for Specific Purposes in 1996 before becoming a full-time Legal English trainer in 2003. He currently teaches Legal English at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), the University of Liechtenstein and the Management Centre, Innsbruck (Austria). Matt also gives regular training sessions and presentations in Legal English, Business English and Internet in language education throughout Europe. As well as his work with law firms, businesses and universities, Matt is actively involved in Legal English publishing and research. His MA dissertation in Course and Materials Development in English for Legal Purposes is frequently cited by other lawyer-linguists, and he is preparing for his doctoral research in the area of teaching and testing Legal English skills. Matt is currently taking the Trinity college assessed Cert IBET (Certificate in International Business English Training) course.
Matt has channelled his lifelong interest in law and language into a truly personal approach to Legal English training. Through his courses, publications, teacher training and research, he has helped the newly-emerging profession of the lawyer-linguist gain the international recognition and respect that it currently enjoys. Most of Matt’s face-to-face teaching work is in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Southern Germany, and he has developed and run intensive short courses throughout Europe. Matt is also able to offer online training to clients throughout the world via Skype, FaceTime and email.
Matt is a founder member and secretary of the European Legal English Teachers’ Association. He is Production Manager with TransLegal, course director of Pyramid’s Introduction to Teaching English for Legal Purposes course and the ILEC Regional Manager for Austria and Germany. His recent publications include Introduction to International Legal English (with Amy Krois- Lindner), the International Legal English online research tasks and a regular Legal English column for Business Spotlight. His teacher’s book for CUP’s Cambridge Academic English course (C1 level) will be published in June 2012.