Latest News

  • Gemma Daly talks to the BBC about social security tribunals
    Wed, 06/26/2019 - 07:47

    FRU volunteer and barrister Gemma Daly recently talked to Joshua Rosenberg about representing FRU clients in social security tribunals. Gemma talked about the issues of poor DWP decision making and about the impact of having professional representation. The piece on Radio 4’s Law in Action series covered the role of these tribunals and what it is like to be an appellant.

    Gemma is in practice as a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and further information and access to the programme can be found by following this link

  • Goodbye to Ayesha!
    Thu, 06/20/2019 - 09:56

    We are very sad to be saying goodbye to our fantastic administrator/receptionist Ayesha Tarannum.  Ayesha is heading off to become a teacher.

    We would like to thank Ayesha for her hard work and dedication, which was demonstrated by the fact that she got us a leaving present by raising nearly £400 through JustGiving.

    Bon voyage Ayesha and thanks for everything!

  • Welcome to Nneoma and Laura!
    Thu, 06/13/2019 - 15:16

    We are very pleased to welcome two new members of staff this week. Nneoma Atumonyogo joins us as our Administrator/receptionist. Nneoma has wide experience in the office administration and legal sectors. Laura Regueiro Romero also joins us as our assistant legal officer for social security. Laura has just completed her LLB and has wide pro bono legal experience including representing clients in social security tribunals. Laura’s post has been funded by the Inns of Court & Bar Educational Trust, the London Legal Support Trust and the Persula Foundation. Our grateful thanks goes to those organisations.

  • Jack smashes the Vitality 10K
    Wed, 05/29/2019 - 08:47

    A massive thank you to Jack Gilliland who undertook the Vitality 10K on this bank holiday Monday.  He completed the run within an amazing 44 minutes.  Jack has also committed to ride 100 miles in the Ride Surrey-London 100 which takes place in August.  We are extremely grateful to Jack for taking on these events.  We have to raise half a million pounds each year to maintain our service.  Jack and others like him help to make this happen.

    Jack's fundraising page is available here should you wish to congratulate him on his excellent running time in the Vitality 10K or to spur him on in his effort to complete the Ride 100 in August.  Please give generously.



  • FRU calls for better consultation and evaluation of court reform
    Wed, 05/29/2019 - 08:44

    FRU’s evidence to the Justice Select Committee inquiry into Court and Tribunal Reforms has been published. The evidence can be viewed at this link
    In our submission we make the following points:
    • We acknowledge the welcome investment being made in the court and tribunal system and the fact that the reforms have the potential to increase access to justice for some of our clients.
    • We believe that increasing access to justice must clearly become the overriding objective of the reforms and that must be measured in a meaningful way.
    • We are concerned that vulnerable and excluded users may be further excluded from access to justice if they are forced to use digital services inappropriately or without appropriate support.
    • We recommend that engagement and consultation about the underlying principles of transformation and implementation is made more meaningful.
    • We recommend that the Ministry of Justice adopts the recommendations of the Legal Education Foundation report “Developing the Detail: Evaluating the Impact of Court Reform in England and Wales on Access to Justice”. FRU contributed to the working meetings that informed this important report.