About FRU

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 volunteers give their time for free, so whilst we try our best to cover as many cases as possible, we cannot always guarantee representation. 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 Legal Officers, Assistant Legal Officers, an Office Manager, an Administrator and a part time Bookkeeper.

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.