Spanish sworn translation

Sworn translation (traducción jurada) is a regulated profession in Spain and only translators officially appointed as sworn translators are authorised to practice as such.

This service is required when submitting foreign documents to Spanish authorities. It is not something exclusively for legal texts. Sworn translation 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.

As a sworn translator appointed by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (licence no. 8194) in 2010, I am qualified and authorised to offer English<>Spanish sworn translation services.

Examples of documents I can help you with


Electoral registration letters
Certificates of naturalisation
Reference letters
Bank statements
Certificates of residence


University degree certificates
Academic transcripts
Letters of recommendation


Certificates of no impediment
Marriage certificates
Change of name deed
Decrees absolute
Consent orders


DBS certificates
Medical certificates
Work experience letters


Certificates of good standing
Certificates of incorporation
Applications to register a company
Articles of association
Memoranda of association



Death certificates
Grants of Probate
Grants of Letters of Administration
Deeds of variation

New to sworn translation?

Sworn translation is required for important purposes, when clients are often facing difficult or stressful moments in their lives. If you have never requested a sworn translation before, the process and requirements may not necessarily be clear for you. And that is ok. In the Q&A section of the blog I provide clear answers to frequent questions about sworn translation.

If you are new to sworn translation, check out these articles below to get a good general grasp about the process before getting in touch.

Ready for a quote?

Send scanned copies of your documents by email once duly legalised, if applicable.

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 two main jurisdictions I work with. I hold a CILEx Level 6 Certificate in Law (Law of Wills and Succession) and a Certificate of Specialisation in the Spanish Succession Law.



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 (e.g. medico-legal texts), I can work in collaboration with a trusted colleague, specialising 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



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, after obtaining subject-specific qualifications in the two main jurisdictions I work with (England and Wales, and Spain). 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, 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

Course: Specialisation in Spanish Law for Legal Translation

ILEC (International Legal English Certificate)

Certificate in Translation of Contracts (EN>ES)

Course: Spanish Law Specialisation for Legal Translation
Course: Spanish Law Specialisation for Legal Translation
Course: Spanish Law Specialisation for Legal Translation

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

Member of BSLA (British Spanish Law Association)

Associate Member of Asetrad (Spanish Translators Association)

What clients say about working with ICR Translations

Wonderful service – responsiveness, speed, friendly style. Better than expected especially for such a small private customer.


My experience with Irene as a client has been perfect. She provided a speedy and extremely professional service, getting in touch with me with updates about the status of the project. I would definitely hire her services again.


Fantastic services offered by Irene. I required the translation to be provided within a 24-hour turnaround. I received the soft copy even before the time agreed and the hard copy arrived the following day as promised. Price is very competitive and good value for money.


Do you need a sworn translation?

Send scanned copies of your documents by email once duly legalised, if applicable, to receive a formal quotation.

From the Sworn and Legal Translation Corner

Which situations may require a Spanish sworn translation?

Which situations may require a Spanish sworn translation?

You may be asked to submit a Spanish sworn translation in so many different situations that I thought the best way to answer this question is by going specific and providing examples. Based on real clients that I have helped over the years, I am sharing a list of 10...

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Are Spanish sworn translators public servants?

Are Spanish sworn translators public servants?

No, they are not. Spanish sworn translators are not public servants, as they are not government or public bodies employees unless, of course, they are hired as such. Some clients wrongly assume that the appointment of Spanish sworn translators by the Spanish Ministry...

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