Spanish legal translation

Legal translation is a complex field of specialisation. The law is such a vast field that a person cannot possibly master all areas, let alone all areas in two or more legal systems.

Overpromising and under-delivering is not unheard of in the low-end translation market. Beware of overconfident translators who claim to be able to handle any legal document, and resist the temptation to go for the cheapest provider. Instead, choose an experienced and trustworthy specialist who puts as much care in their translations as you do in your work.

ICR Translations focuses on Private Client law (England & Wales, and Scotland)

and can help you with



Grants of Probate (E&W)
Certificates of Confirmation (SCO)
Deeds of variation



LPAs (E&W)
Continuing and Welfare PoAs (SCO)
Deputyship orders (E&W)
Guardianship orders (SCO)
Forms, reports and statements


Certificates of naturalisation
Certificates of residence
Police certificates
Bank statements
Medical letters


Marriage certificates
Decrees absolute (E&W)
Extract Decrees of Divorce (SCO)
Separation and cohabitation agreements
Consent orders

Within Private Client law, wills and succession is my field of specialisation.

The list above is non-exclusive, so get in touch by email, even if your document is not included in the examples. I will carefully assess your document to confirm whether it is something I can take on myself. If not, I may be able to recommend a trusted colleague.

Translations to suit your needs



Request this service, if you need official translations ready to send to the Spanish authorities.

As a sworn translator appointed as such by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (licence no. 8194), I am qualified and authorised to offer English<>Spanish sworn translation services.

Sworn translation is not something exclusively for legal texts. It can be performed on any type of document as part of an official proceeding. Examples of sworn translations of non-legal documents include work reference letters, medical certificates and academic transcripts.

For a sworn translation quotation, send scanned copies of your documents by email, once duly legalised or Apostilled, as appliccable.

The Spanish sworn translation page offers more detailed information about this service. And in the Q&A section of the blog I provide clear answers to frequent questions I get about sworn translation.


Not sworn

This service will suit in two cases:
(1) When the translation does not need to be certified.
Request this service if you need a Spanish translation for internal, information only or other non-official purposes.

Some examples:

  • Your Spanish client has limited command of the English language and needs to understand what the English document they are about to sign says.
  • An article on a legal topic for your legal firm’s blog or for publication.
  • A presentation on a given legal topic for a seminar or conference, a services guide or brochure for your clients, or teaching material for a legal training course.

(2) When the proofreading and certification is done or arranged by the client.
Instead of requesting sworn translations, some legal firms prefer to get translations reviewed internally by one of their solicitors and then arrange the certification with their trusted local Public Notary.

Why to choose ICR Translations



ICR Translations has been undertaking sworn and legal translation projects for Private Client teams, Public Notaries, companies and individuals since 2010.



I specialise in wills and succession through translation experience and qualifications in the three main jurisdictions I work with (England and Wales, Spain, and Scotland). I hold a CILEX Level 6 Certificate in Law (Law of Wills and Succession) a Certificate of Specialisation in the Spanish Succession Law, and a STEP Advanced Certificate in Wills and Executries: Law and Practice (Scotland).



I work as a sole trader, and when you hire my services, you can rest assured it will be me working on your legal translation projects.
For projects requiring specialist knowledge in several fields, I can work in collaboration with a trusted colleague specialising in the corresponding field, subject to obtaining prior written permission from my client.
When the project simply falls out of my working fields, I always do my best to put clients in contact with a more suitable translator.
In any case, my general and any project-specific terms of business will be fully disclosed at the beginning of our collaboration.



ICR Translations is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office, and complies with GDPR (read my Privacy Policy).



ICR Translations has professional indemnity insurance.

Your translator

Irene Corchado offers Spanish legal translation services in Scotland



Originally from the Spanish region of Extremadura, I have been a UK resident since 2011, and a freelance translator since 2010.

While I have translated the most varied types of texts during my studies and professional career, I strongly focus on what I enjoy the most – legal texts. At university, and without having been exposed to the law much back then, I grew to like legal translation. I particularly enjoyed translating powers of attorney and an Irish employment contract of my own.

Within legal translation, I now specialise in wills and succession. I hold subject-specific qualifications in the three main jurisdictions I work with (England and Wales, Spain, and Scotland). I have been the go-to translator of wills and other documents for a number of legal firms since 2014.

Aware of the importance of continuous professional development for legal translators, I am regularly engaged in courses, seminars and other CPD activities. Just in 2019, for example, I completed CPD on Inheritance Tax, Family Law tips, Mental Capacity legislation, Spanish Civil and Criminal Procedural Law terminology and the Scottish courts system.


Qualifications and relevant CPD

BA+MA in Translation and Interpreting (focus on Legal-Commercial Translation)

EN<>ES Sworn Translator-Interpreter, appointed by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

CILEX Level 6 Certificate in Law (Law of Wills and Succession)

Certificate of Specialisation in the Spanish Succession Law

STEP Advanced Certificate in Wills and Executries: Law and Practice (Scotland)

Course: Specialisation in Spanish Law for Legal Translation

ILEC (International Legal English Certificate)

Certificate in Translation of Contracts (EN>ES)

Credentials and memberships

Sworn translator (licence no. 8194)

Chartered Linguist (CL) and full member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (MCIL)

Affiliate member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)

Member of BSLA (British Spanish Law Association)

Whether you have a legal translation request, or are looking for a long-term Spanish translation service provider, I can help. 

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What clients say about ICR Translations

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Duncan BDuncan B
10:12 03 Feb 23
Irene was very helpful in providing Spanish sworn translations for a visa. I've never had to get translations before and she helped me decipher what my Spanish lawyer required and completed them within 24 hours. I would really recommend Irene's service as professional, efficient and high quality.
Helena BodegoHelena Bodego
12:13 25 Jan 23
Excellent service from ICR Translations. I have used this company in various occasions over the years to translate official documents from English to Spanish and viceversa. It offers a very professional, efficient, quick and quality service for reasonable prices, and Irene maintains continuous communication throughout the process. Would certainly use again if in need of further translations.
chris georgechris george
11:06 19 Jan 23
Irene gave a brilliant and personalised service. The turn around on my documents was very speedy and she gave me insights into exactly what documents unneeded translating for my Visa, and what did not. I will use this service again in a heart beat.
Maria QuintoMaria Quinto
15:21 14 Nov 22
I am very satisfied with ICR, Irene was so easy to speak with. I chose her because I prefer talking to a human being than communicating with translators through chats and emails. I highly recommend her ; I needed her expertise to translate my son’s birth certificate to Spanish for our Schengen visa application. Thanks again Irene 👍👍👍👍👍
Adam HockleyAdam Hockley
13:18 03 Nov 22
Easy and fast service. Irene was super helpful in explaining what I needed and updating me on the progress of the delivery. Fully recommend
SalmonZero 3460SalmonZero 3460
08:47 31 Aug 22
I needed two sworn translations of documents, with apostilles, from English into Spanish. Irene was extremely friendly and helpful and the turn-around on the documents was very impressive. I requested both digital and hard copies, and received both in a matter of days. Would definitely recommend her services.
E UrienE Urien
18:49 21 Aug 22
Very pleased with Irene's work. High quality service, very fast and good communication all the way throughout the process. I would happily ask her to do more work for me when needed. Highly recommended!
Crystal ChestersCrystal Chesters
22:01 20 Jul 22
Irene responded very quickly to my quote request and delivered a translation of my birth certificate quickly and efficiently with no hassle. Friendly and professional service - I would recommend.
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