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

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



Friday, 24 November 2017 from 5 p.m. onwards

BIVR’s London Winter Drinks


Now at

Inn of Court, 18 HolbornLondon, EC1N 2LE





Why not come along, catch up with your colleagues, shoot the breeze with your buddies, and find some new friends as well.

This invite is open to members and non-members alike, so please feel free to invite others who you know.  Please let us know if you are interested in coming, even if you’re not definite, just so we have an idea of numbers, please!

Some nibbles will be provided but you will have to buy your own drinks, I’m afraid.

(We are sorry that we can’t organise events in all the regions where members are located.  Maybe you could organise a get-together in your area and take some happy snaps to share in the next newsletter?)





Friday, 24 November 2017 




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.

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