About FRU

"The FRU's work is of great benefit to both claimants and volunteer representatives"

– Rt Hon Tony Blair

The Free Representation Unit (FRU) is a charity that provides legal advice, case preparation and advocacy in employment, social security, and some criminal injury compensation tribunal cases. Our clients could not otherwise obtain legal support for want of personal means and public funding. To provide our service we train volunteer law students and legal professionals in the early stages of their career in the skills required to give confident and competent support for the rights of others. Our volunteer reps give their time for free, so whilst we try our best to cover as many cases as possible, we cannot always guarantee representation.There are about 270 volunteer representatives active in any year, most of whom are required to run their cases through our offices. You can find out about how to become a representative by visiting the Volunteers section of this website.  

FRU’s Management Committee is made up of current representatives who stand for election every October. The office is run by our Chief Executive, who leads the staff team of two Legal Officers, two Assistant Legal Officers, an Office Manager, an Administrator, a part time Fundraiser and a part time Bookkeeper. One Legal Officer has responsibility for employment, the other for social security and criminal injuries compensation law. They oversee the training process and advise volunteers as needed.

As a charity we are reliant on the goodwill of those who fund us. If you would like to support FRU please visit the Donate to FRU section of the website.  We are very grateful to all our supporters, without whom our work would not be possible.