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  • 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 http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/justice-committee/hmcts-court-and-tribunal-reforms/written/97972.html
    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.

  • Well Done Hamish
    Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:39

    Huge Congratulations to FRU's runner who completed this year’s London Marathon. Hamish completed the marathon within an amazing 4 hours 52 minutes, especially considering he had only completed the Brighton Marathon two weeks prior within another fantastic time. 

    Hamish did amazingly well with all his fundraising efforts.  We are grateful for all the hard work he put in to training and for raising a very impressive £1212.  Let’s see if we help him acheive his £1,500 target.

    You can still donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hamish-fru

  • Staff Vacancies - Administrator / Receptionist
    Tue, 05/14/2019 - 16:43

    We are recruiting for an Administrator/Receptionist to support our staff, volunteers and clients.

    An exciting opportunity exists for a conscientious and motivated individual to join our friendly, hard-working team based in Holborn.

    This is a challenging role for someone with good organisational and communication skills for whom accuracy is second nature, who pays unrelenting attention to detail and who takes multi-tasking in their stride.

    This is a full time, permanent post.

    The closing date for applications is midday Tuesday 28th 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 admin@thefru.org.uk.

    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. https://www.5rb.com/events/5rb-quiz-2019/