FRU provides representation in employment and social security hearings. We only take cases from our referral agencies and cannot guarantee representation.


All our cases are referred to us by registered referral agencies. For more information on referring cases to FRU, click the link below.


If you'd like to volunteer to represent FRU's clients in social security or employment hearings, read the pages below.

An introduction to FRU

FRU has been providing representation in social security and employment tribunals since 1972. We help people who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford lawyers. Our work is done by volunteers, mostly law students and legal professionals in the early stages of their career. All FRU's representatives are trained and supervised by our legal officers.

In addition to our London office we work in partnership with Nottingham Law School.

FRU provides representation in:

  • Employment tribunals (and the Employment Appeal Tribunal);
  • Benefit appeals in the first-tier tribunal (and Upper Tribunal);
  • Criminal injury compensation cases in the first-tier tribunal (and Upper Tribunal).

We can only assist you if:

  • You have a hearing date at a tribunal in London and the South East (or Nottingham);
  • Your case is referred to us by one of our referral agencies.  We cannot take referrals directly from a member of the public.

Latest News

FRU have put together a team of Staff, Management Committee and volunteers for the “Walk the Thames” event, organised by the London Legal Support Trust.  Teams of walkers from acro

We will reopen booking for Social Security at 4pm today (Wed 16th Sep) and booking for Employment at 10.30am tomorrow (Thur 17th Sep).

In 2013 Outer Temple Chambers (OTC) and the Free Representation Unit (FRU) announced a new 18 month pupillage scheme comprising 6 months’ work at FRU followed by a formal 1st six months pupil