British Institute of Verbatim Reporters.
The professional body for verbatim reporting

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2017 Transcription Service

2007-2017 Transcription Panel

For completeness, here is the 1999-2004 Crown Court Contractors list, but note that many firms no longer exist, or have moved offices.


Need a Reporter?

For the most expeditious response, please use the Reporter Search, which will send your query direct to a member.  Our Secretary is a busy lady and sometimes contacting her directly is not the quickest route when time is of the essence. 

Our next BAW will be in the Summer of 2019.



BIVR is Exhibiting at the London Legal Exhibition.

21 & 22 March 2018


Click here to see our entry in the Showguide

We are on Stand 402 – just by the entrance


Be sure to book!  Tickets are free, but you must have one to get in!  Book yours now!

Free Tickets –

HOW TO GET THERE (from their website):


The Jubilee Line is recommended as the quickest route to ExCeL London. Alight at Canning Town and change onto a Beckton-bound DLR train, for the quick journey to Prince Regent for ExCeL (East).


As the Capital of the United Kingdom, London is connected by rail to all major cities in Great Britain. In addition Eurostar operate regular train services to Brussels and Paris operating from St Pancras International.

London’s main rail terminuses are Charing Cross, Euston, Kings Cross/ St Pancras International, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Marylebone, Moorgate, Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo.

To find out the quickest way from London’s mainline rail stations to ExCeL London use the TfL Journey Planner.


When driving to ExCeL London follow signs for Royal Docks, City Airport and ExCeL. There is easy access from the M25, M11, A406 and A13. For a map showing major local roads click here.

Please contact the AA for information on planning your journey and 24-hour live traffic reports, by calling on +44 (0)906 888 4322.

For a map of ExCeL London’s location please visit Google Maps and search for ExCeL London by postcode – E16 1XL.

For Sat Nav purposes, we recommend using postcode – E16 1DR.

ExCeL London offers on-site car parking for 3,700 cars.  (Sec’s note: Remember the Congestion Charge!  Maybe let the train take the strain.)








held at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre  Timbold Drive Milton Keynes MK7 6TT

BIVR AGM 2017 – has also been and gone.


Not a member?  Ask to join.


2018 – venue to be decided – possibly weekend of 8-9 September 2018.  

Put it in your diary now!


BIVR AWARENESS WEEKEND 28 – 31 JULY 2017  has been and gone.

Thank you to all our sponsors and stallholders for supporting BIVR.

Thanks also to the members and other reporters who came.

We hope to see you at the next one in the summer of 2019.

What is BIVR?

The British Institute of Verbatim Reporters is the leading organisation for verbatim reporters in the UK. We promote training and professional skills and have a Code of Ethics. BIVR members work in many spheres of the law such as the High Court, Crown Courts, tribunals and inquiries. They write machine shorthand using Stenograph, a variety of Palantype system machines, or Pitman handwritten shorthand.

BIVR members work with deaf and deafened people as Speech-to-Text communication supporters. BIVR encourages real-time skills which are used extensively in complex cases. Television subtitling is also carried out by some of our members. BIVR has a long and rich history. It is the successor organisation to the Institute of Shorthand Writers, incorporated as long ago as 1887 as a glance at our History page will show you.

What we do

  • Maintain a national register of BIVR qualified reporters working within differing spheres of practice
  • Improve the qualifications and status of all our members
  • Encourage student membership
  • Encourage continuous professional development through formal and informal training opportunities
  • Maintain access to training and examinations
  • Provide a members’ Facebook page
  • Debate court reporting topics and technical developments

Our aims

Our aims, set out in our Memorandum and Articles of Association under the Companies Act, are as follows:

  • To promote the more efficient practice of the art of machine and pen shorthand in connection with legal and other proceedings
  • To raise the qualifications and status of our members
  • To encourage the maintenance of adequate training and examination facilities