Legal Translation

Legal Translation & Language Services

The translation of legal documents comes with unique challenges. Differences in legal systems, and the lack of equivalent legal terminology for certain terms, necessitate the use of subject matter experts. Mistakes can be serious, potentially leading to loss of time and possibly, a series of legal issues for both parties.

To eliminate these challenges, TransPerfect Legal enlists professional linguists with the niche expertise of native-level speakers. As a diversified legal support partner, TransPerfect Legal offers best-of-breed, technology-enabled legal support solutions—anywhere in the world in over 200 languages.

What is a Legal Translation?

Legal translation is a highly specialized field of translation that requires linguistic skills and legal expertise. Legal translation plays a crucial role in facilitating communication and understanding across linguistic and cultural barriers in various legal settings worldwide.

The legal translation process involves converting legal documents, contracts, and legal proceedings from one language to another while preserving the original meaning and preparing them for use in the target country after due diligence in language localization and compliance.

Accuracy and time sensitivity are critical factors in legal translation. A minor linguistic error can have significant legal consequences, which is why legal translation necessitates the use of certified legal linguists, attorney reviewers, and proofreaders. Our legal teams are empowered with cutting-edge language technology solutions which act as force multipliers accelerating speed to delivery and excellence in translation, while increasing security, reducing costs, and ease of coordination.

Our range of comprehensive legal language translation services and global capabilities include:

  • Document Translation
  • Interpretation 
  • Transcription
  • Bilingual Review

Who needs Legal Translation services?

Legal translation services are required by law firms and corporate legal departments that involve parties from different linguistic backgrounds and jurisdictions. This includes:

Corporate Language Support: M&A due diligence, contracts and agreements, real estate leases, and internal communications.

Compliance Language Support: Employee training and e-learning courses, internal policies and handbooks, internal investigation and complaints, codes of ethics, and whistleblower hotlines.

Intellectual Property Language Support: Patent applications, EP Validation, PCT National Phase Filing, office actions, and prior art/abstracts.

Litigation Language Support: Discovery materials, trial transcripts, pleadings, and witness statements.

Why TransPerfect?

With over 140 offices worldwide and a global team of certified local-language legal experts proficient in over 200 languages, we deliver unmatched legal translations, secure technology solutions, centralized and managed services, and end-to-end litigation support. We've been providing legal services for more than 30 years, and we remain dedicated to our long-standing commitment to quality, speed, and knowledge.

Certified Legal Translators

With TransPerfect Legal, you have access to thousands of language and subject-area specialists, including linguists and interpreters with advanced degrees in relevant fields as well as a pool of attorney reviewers and proofreaders.

All our legal translators must pass a rigorous linguist certification through the TransPerfect Linguist Certification (TLC) program. The TLC certification program was introduced by TransPerfect and is the first comprehensive system to assess linguist skill in the areas that matter most to clients. The program was created to ensure that each project is handled by a professional linguist with expertise in the given discipline to produce only the highest quality legal translation. To maintain the highest quality standards, our certified legal translators must undergo ongoing education and continuous evaluation to remain certified.

In addition, TransPerfect Legal is certified to both ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 17100:2015.

Legal Localization Services

The TransPerfect Legal team has significant legal industry experience and understands the stringent local, state, federal, and foreign regulations governing legal translation. Our team comprises highly skilled native speakers who are well-versed in adapting content for different target markets through legal localization, ensuring cultural and linguistic accuracy.

Our legal translation experts quickly identify the language composition and technical requirements of your multilingual cases by using advanced technologies to:

  • note subtle linguistic discrepancies,
  • identify cultural nuances,
  • flag potentially misleading search terms,
  • steer OCR accuracy, and
  • strategically implement human and machine solutions.

From technical patent translation for foreign filings to localization of training courses, privacy policies, and contracts for compliance, TransPerfect Legal supports all your legal translation and language services needs that need localization.

Quality Assurance in Legal Translation

Quality Assurance (QA) is in-built into your document right from the start through planning, documenting, and agreeing on the steps, rules, and guidelines that are necessary to ensure impeccable quality. As part of the Quality Check (QC) documents go through a series of linguistic reviews, proofreading, and adherence to local legal terminology and regulations. A documented QA plan prevents mitigated risks and saves you time and money.

In addition, TransPerfect Legal regularly hosts, processes, and reviews multi-language data sets. Our team of expert legal consultants and linguistic specialists carry out proprietary workflows, such as automatic language identification and deduplication, to maximize processing and review efficiencies when handling multi-language documents throughout the e-discovery process.

Confidentiality and Security

We take confidentiality and data security seriously, making sure your data remains protected throughout the entire translation process. Our team of certified legal linguists, attorneys, and proofreaders sign robust Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) that safeguard your sensitive information.

We are continuously updating our technology to defend against hacks and cyberattacks while upskilling our translators with the latest security measures. Advanced encryption, secure storage and file transfer protocols, and effective monitoring are part of our stringent business practices.

In addition, TransPerfect Legal maintains and enforces security policies to ensure compliance with all local, state, federal, and foreign courts, as well as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Legal Language Services Experts

Multilingual Solutions & Support

The TransPerfect Legal team has significant legal industry experience and understands the stringent regulations governing legal translation. Our experts are well-versed in advanced technologies and can quickly identify the language composition and technical requirements of your multilingual cases. From technical patent translation for foreign filings to localization of training courses, privacy policies, and contracts for compliance, TransPerfect Legal supports all of your translation and language services needs.

Our Linguists


TransPerfect Legal provides legal translation services—such as large-scale multilingual and English document reviews—backed by our certified quality management system and worldwide 24/7 production capabilities.



Our legal interpreters are available for depositions, client meetings, client presentations, expert witness preparation, and much more. TransPerfect Legal can provide on-site coordination and interpreting equipment.



TransPerfect Legal maintains a global network of experienced court reporters and transcriptionists to provide legal support for your courtroom hearings, arbitrations, and meetings—anywhere in the world. With an online scheduling portal and account representatives available around the clock, TransPerfect Legal ensures that you can book transcription services at any time.

Multilingual OCR

Multilingual OCR

Advanced technology converts image-based and paper documents into editable, digital characters. Results are directly imported into your hosting platform. We can convert high volumes of hard-copy documents into machine-readable text and process them in conjunction with live data files to help you pinpoint where to spend your translation dollars most effectively. 

Beyond MT

Machine Translation

MT solutions can be efficient and cost-effective for high volume and quick turnaround projects. Our linguistic experts will employ the ideal combination of machine translation, translation memory, and human translation/review. Our proprietary MT solutions integrate with TransPerfect Legal's e-discovery management tool, Digital Reef, as well as Relativity and other hosting platforms. 



Our proprietary, web-based application enables corporate legal departments to securely file, exchange, host, and share documents conveniently and confidentially. Mitigate the risk of cyber attacks using your customized and completely secure repository. 


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