Latest News

  • Staff Vacancies - Assistant Legal Officer
    Tue, 04/30/2019 - 10:27

    We are recruiting for an Assistant Legal Officer to support our work in Social Security Tribunals.

    This is a training and development post intended to give lawyers the opportunity to gain experience and develop their skills early in their career. It is a fixed-term post for the period June 2019 to August 2020.

    The closing date for applications is midday Monday 20th May 2019.

    If you're interested in the role, you can find full details and information about how to apply on our vacancies page.

  • Donate or Get Involved
    Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:56

    This year FRU has entered a number of fundraising and sporting events.  We are currently looking for participants for the Vitality 10k and RideLondon-Surrey 100 as well as people to join our London Legal Walk team.  If you are interested in taking part in any of these events for FRU or know someone who would be then please contact us on

    We are also seeking sponsorship for participants already involved in these events.  Please see our events page for further details and to make a donation.

  • 5RB Quiz night raises funds for FRU and Advocate
    Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:42

    5RB chambers hosted its 12th annual charity pub quiz last week, to raise funds for Advocate and the Free Representation Unit.

    Teams from many leading solicitors firms and media organisations competed over seven rounds of questions, with the quiz compered this year by 5RB‘s Adam Speker. The evening raised around £3,000 for Advocate and FRU. FRU would like to thank 5RB and all who took part for supporting access to justice.

  • Thanks and goodbye to Josh Yetman
    Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:39

    We are very sorry to be saying goodbye to Josh Yetman, who has been an Assistant Legal Officer at FRU since September 2017. Josh has worked across social security and employment. He will be starting pupillage in September. FRU Chief Exec David Abbott said “Josh has been a first class legal officer, supporting hundreds of volunteers and taking on some of our most complex legal cases. We thank Josh very much for his fantastic work and wish him well for the future”.

  • Chair of the Bar Council pays a visit to FRU
    Wed, 04/03/2019 - 17:00

    We were very pleased to welcome Richard Atkins QC, the Chair of the Bar Council for 2019, to our office today. Richard spent the morning talking to staff, volunteers and a trustee about our work, and in particular how taking on FRU cases helps aspiring lawyers in their career. One volunteer told Richard “I’ve learnt so much... I can’t imagine why anyone who wants to come to the Bar wouldn’t do FRU”. We are grateful to the Bar Council for its ongoing support and to Richard for taking the time to come and speak to our volunteers about his time at the Bar.