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Freemasons. We have nothing to hide…

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The British Institute of Verbatim Reporters (BIVR) would draw to the attention of London law firms that they are unwittingly breaching Section 25 (1) of the Immigration Act 1971 when they assist in making arrangements for searching or facilitating the entry into the UK of American stenographers to engage in court reporting or the taking […]

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