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




The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL



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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