About Us

Medusa Translations is the brainchild of Natalia Chumak and Elena Tsirlina – bilingual speakers, practising lawyers and experienced translation managers. In setting up the agency, they were guided by their knowledge of pitfalls that befall customers in the legal or business environment. Ms Chumak does not participate in day-to-day running of the agency. Ms Tsirlina acts in a strictly managerial capacity. Both Ms Chumak and Ms Tsirlina understand that their professional boundaries are clearly drawn. For the avoidance of doubt, Medusa Translations is not authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

The day-to-day running of the agency and handling of documents is carried out using an international team of freelance translators and interpreters.

The agency engages in the translation of a non-exhaustive variety of specialised documents used in Russian, Ukrainian, English and other jurisdictions, as necessary:

  • Legal and business documents;
  • Court materials, evidence and forms;
  • Leases, agreements and contracts;
  • Legal and business correspondence, memoranda and notes;
  • Corporate websites;
  • Publications;
  • Marketing and promotional materials;
  • Others

Our interpreters assist customers with:

  • Business meetings;
  • Round table discussions;
  • Conferences;
  • Tribunals;
  • Courts of record;
  • Police interviews;
  • Arbitration and mediation proceedings;
  • Others


Natalia Chumak, Director

Ms Chumak qualified as a solicitor in 2002. In February 2010 she joined Field Fisher Waterhouse where she was made partner later in the year. She specialises in high value international commercial arbitration and court disputes in the banking, energy and natural resources sectors. Ms Chumak was previously an associate in the litigation department at Osborne Clarke’s City office dealing with domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration.

Elena Tsirlina, Director

Ms Tsirlina qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and has since 2009 been running her own UK immigration, nationality, asylum and human rights practice in the West End, Blokh Solicitors. She is also a trustee and director of a UK based Russian charity, Gift of Life. Ms Tsirlina is a skilled translation manager and a bilingual translator (English/Russian) with more than a decade of practical experience, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists bearing the title of MCIL. She has been a member since 30 April 2005 (membership number 022365).


Medusa Translations is operated through a global network of trusted and dedicated freelance translators and interpreters who have mastered the art of specialist translation. They have been tried and tested on high profile projects, working under pressure of tight deadlines and meeting strict quality conditions. Their work is proof-read and content integrity is assured.