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  • Support FRU's London Marathon Runners
    Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:40

    Five runners are entering the London Marathon to raise much needed funds for FRU.

    Please help support and encourage them.  Their details and justgiving pages are below.

    Hannah Venn-Munns of Dowse & Co Solicitors

    A 3 year PQE Housing and Family Law Solicitor originally from North Devon - this is my 5th Marathon (I completed my 33rd Half marathon on 08.03.15) - I am honoured to be running for a cause that I truly believe in and which provides a service that I fiercely support - Access to Justice. I hope to honour the event and this fantastic cause by finishing with a marathon personal best.

    Ella Davis of FRU

    Ella is our Assistant Legal Officer, Employment and Self-Referral Co-Ordinator (try saying that in a hurry!). Before we talked her into this she’d never willingly entered a race. She says “Working at FRU is endlessly rewarding. It provides excellent training for young lawyers like me and most importantly it gives vulnerable members of society meaningful access to justice.”

    Elliot Fry of Cripps LLP

    Elliot is married to Ella, our assistant legal officer (employment) and has been roped in as emotional support. This is his first marathon, and in his own words "Listening to all the (thrilling and of course appropriately anonymised) stories from Ella's time at FRU, it's clear that it's hugely important not only to the people who they represent, but to the good working of the tribunal systems, to the volunteers, and in championing the idea of access to justice.

    Elizabeth Forrester of Birnberg Peirce & Partners

    I worked at FRU for a year as assistant legal officer from 20011-2012 and volunteered before and since then. While I was there I was talked into doing the marathon by a trusted principal legal officer (employment) who will remain nameless and it was so much fun that I have done it every year since. This will be my fourth time- and any encouragement in the form of donations or cheering would be very welcome.

    Michael Reed of FRU

  • Cycling Silk
    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:22

    Our very own Cycling Silk, John Hendy QC will be taking part in the annual 110km Cape Argus Cycle Race in Cape Town on 8 March 2015. John was one of the founders of FRU, over 40 years ago and continues to raise vital funds for the organisation. Please sponsor him and raise money for a good cause:


  • Friends in Law awards
    Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:25

    FRU and the Bar Pro Bono Unit will be holding our annual Friends in Law awards ceremony at the Bar Council on Monday 9 March 2015. The event recognises those chambers that make substantial donations to both charities to help fund the vital work we carry out.

  • New Employment Referral Scheme
    Wed, 01/07/2015 - 16:47

    FRU is excited to announce the launch of our self-referral project. From January 2015 we will be accepting self-referrals for some short employment cases. This is a pilot project which we are able to run thanks to a generous grant from Trust for London.

    To be eligible for self-referral a case must be listed for a full merits hearing of one or two days. All other cases will still need to be referred to us by a referral agency. We believe it is still in our clients’ interests to receive early advice from a referral agency whenever possible and hope this project will help us to reach those who are unable to access their services.

    Full details of the project are available here.

  • Training days
    Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:12

    We are pleased to announce that booking for the upcoming training days will open on Friday 16th January 2015 at 10:30am.

    For more details please visit the training day page of our website and read the updated information on case availability.