About me

My qualifications and experience in this field are extensive and include the following.


I qualified as a Fully Accredited Court Reporter with the Association of Professional Shorthand Writers (APSW) in 1992 after working in Liverpool Crown Court since 1989 and later transferred to the British Institute Of Verbatim Reporters (BIVR) after dissolution of the APSW in 2000.

"I regularly work with various deafness organisations such as Action on Hearing Loss (formerly Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID), the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and many large conferences for both disability and commercial organisations."

Deaf Awareness

I passed the Deaf Awareness examination with the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP) in June 1995. I passed the CACDP certificate in British Sign Language Stage One in February 1999.


In 1991 I qualified as a court reporter' with APSW (Association of Professional Shorthand Writers). In June 1994 I passed the 210 words per minute examination. I became a CACDP accredited Speech To Text Reporter (STTR) in August 1998 after passing two endorsements with deafened examiners. In September 2001 I qualified as a QRTR (Qualified Real Time Reporter).


Francis palantyping at a meetingThe equipment that Francis usesFrancis palantyping at a meeting