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  • FRU welcomes Chinese justice delegation
    Wed, 10/23/2019 - 07:35

    On 21 October 2019 we were pleased to welcome an official delegation from Shandong Province in China. The delegation of justice officials were in Europe to study elements of other justice jurisdictions.

    The delegation had heard about FRU’s work and wished to understand more about how we operate. During the visit FRU CEO David Abbott explained FRU’s background and work, and set out the legal education and access to justice context that we work within.

    David Abbott said “We are pleased that FRU’s work is recognised internationally and welcomed the opportunity to explain to the delegation from Shandong Province how we represent some of the most vulnerable members of society whilst providing high quality clinical legal education to our volunteers. As always with such visits, there was a 2-way exchange of experience.”



  • FRU makes a submission to government consultation on employment rights
    Tue, 10/15/2019 - 11:31

    FRU has made a submission to a consultation on the enforcement of employment rights. The consultation, run by the BEIS government department, proposes the creation of a single official body to enforce employment rights. The FRU submission supports the proposal, and argues for giving the new body a wide remit.

    FRU Chief Executive David Abbott commented “Many people lose their employment rights because they worry about the impact of challenging their employer. A government body with the remit to enforce a wide range of employment rights would take pressure off individual workers to have to take action. Employers can also benefit from dealing with a single, proportionate and well informed enforcement agency when trying to understand what rights their employees have. FRU believes that a new body should have a wide remit and should reinvest the efficiencies gained from centralising diverse functions.”

    FRU submits evidence to policy makers where we think that access to justice can be improved.

  • Goodbye to Imogen and hello to Maria
    Tue, 10/15/2019 - 11:29

    It’s all change again in the FRU office. We were sorry to say goodbye to Imogen Leipnik, our legal secondee from Linklaters LLP. Imogen qualified as a solicitor at the end of September and left us to go back to her position at Linklaters. Imogen was a fantastic advocate and also pitched in to help us to run our service. We wish her all the best in her career. Almost at the same time our new Outer Temple Chambers pupil joined us. Maria Aisha has obtained an extended pupillage, and will be with us for the next 6 months and again in her formal second VI months period of pupillage. We wish Maria a warm welcome.

  • Thank you to the Ride London four
    Wed, 08/07/2019 - 15:13

    Thanks to our four cyclists for taking part in Ride London on 4 August. Our team consisted of Anne Fairpo, Tony Almeida, Jack Gilliland and Amrit Bachu.

    Together they rode 400 miles to raise funds for FRU.  Over £650 has already been raised from the event.

    Our thanks go to each of them for giving their time and effort to support our service.

    You can continue to donate for any of our riders via our two event pages below:

  • Four hundred mile cycle ride for FRU
    Wed, 07/31/2019 - 15:10

    Four intrepid riders will each be cycling 100 miles on Sunday 4th August to raise money for FRU.

    The four: Amrit Bachu, Anne Frizzel, Jack Gilliland and Tony Almeida are taking part in Ride London, a 100 mile cycle ride across London and Surrey.

    FRU Chief Executive David Abbott said:

    “FRU receives no state funding and we need to raise around £500k each year. We can only maintain our service through the hard work of people like Amrit, Anne, Jack and Tony who give up their time and effort to fundraise for us. Thanks to all four of them, please sponsor them to make their exertions really worthwhile”.

    If you would like to make a donation for any or all of our four riders please use the JustGiving fundraising pages below that have been set up by Anne and Jack.