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  • Annual report celebrates achievements
    Mon, 08/08/2022 - 15:13

    We have published our latest annual report, covering the year to 30 September 2021. The report celebrates our achievements during the year and records our thanks to all the fantastic people who keep us going.

    FRU Chief Executive David Abbott said "our annual report for 2020 - 2021 reflects our continued pride in maintaining our service through the challenges of COVID-19. We adapted our service to clients and volunteers and achieved some excellent results for our clients.

    Thanks must go to our trustees, volunteers, referral agencies and all the individuals and organisations who contributed financially. I particularly want to thank everyone at The Lawyer Magazine, Daniel Barnett, Capital Real Estate Partners LLP and Sir Dereck Sweeting for their support during the year".

    The annual report and accounts can be found on the annual reports page.

  • FRU is nominated charity partner for 22 QC's conference
    Thu, 07/14/2022 - 14:37

    We have been nominated as the charity partner for one of the key employment law events of the year. The '22 QCs on the Hot Employment Law Issues 2022 – 23' involves leading employment law barristers presenting on a wide range of contemporary developments.

    FRU CEO David Abbott said "many thanks to Michael Rubenstein conferences for nominating FRU as the charity partner for this amazing event. This will really help us to celebrate our golden anniversary this year.

    Event bookings can be made at

  • FRU is charity partner for prestigious The Lawyer Awards 2022
    Thu, 07/14/2022 - 14:36

    We were delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner for The Lawyer Awards 2022. The Lawyer is a legal magazine and website that mainly covers commercial law in the UK. Each year The Lawyer runs an awards programme that culminates in a prestigious ceremony in a top London hotel. The awards celebrate and recognise legal excellence in law firms and chambers.

    The awards ceremony was held on 12 July and hosted by comedian Jason Manford. Over 1200 attendees from the shortlisted legal teams and individual nominees heard about FRU's work in a presentation by Jason Manford. FRU was also the beneficiary of a silent auction to win 70 amazing lots. FRU Chief Executive David Abbott was also invited to present the award for pro bono initiative of the year.

    FRU CEO David Abbott said " this is the third year that we have been in partnership with The Lawyer magazine. We are immensely grateful to Dr Catrin Griffiths and the whole team at The Lawyer for working with us, raising funds and giving our work amazing exposure to the commercial legal sector. The awards ceremony was a wonderful occasion with so many deserving winners".


    [picture Awards host Jason Manford tells attendees about FRU's work]

  • Bar Council publishes FRU blog for Justice Week
    Wed, 06/29/2022 - 16:36

    The Bar Council has published a blog about FRU's work written by our Chief Executive
    David Abbott. The blog is part of the Bar Council contribution to the Annual Justice Week.

    David Abbott said " The Bar Council is one of our principal supporters. We were pleased to be invited to contribute to the objectives of Justice Week, which are to emphasise the important of the rule of law, legal services and access to justice. The blog describes the importance of our work and how we would like to do more to meet the enormous unmet legal need in our society".

    To read David's blog please follow this link,1CHJN,6TJZOF,6854F,1

  • FRU welcomes our latest colleague Alice Wafer
    Wed, 06/29/2022 - 16:35

    We are delighted that Alice Wafer joins us today as our Admin Support Officer. Alice joins us from being a student and working in industry. Our Admin Support Officer is our main point of contact for members of the public, clients, volunteers and other stakeholders. Welcome Alice!