Latest News

  • Secret Barrister launches FRU Crowd Funding campaign
    Thu, 10/04/2018 - 11:00

    In a highly exiting development the best-selling author the Secret Barrister has announced their appointment as a patron of FRU. In their announcement the Secret Barrister launched FRU’s latest fund-raising initiative – a crowd funding campaign through crowd justice.

    The Secret Barrister is a junior barrister specialising in criminal law and their blog became an internet hit. In 2016 and 2017, the SB was named ‘Independent Blogger of the Year’ at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. In 2018 the Secret Barrister published their first book, “Stories of The Law and How It’s Broken”, and spent 24 weeks in the Sunday Times Top 10 Bestsellers list. The book was distributed free to all Members of Parliament to demonstrate current issues with the criminal justice system.

    FRU Chief Executive David Abbott said “we are honoured that the Secret Barrister has agreed to join our illustrious list of Patrons. Whilst it is highly unusual to appoint an anonymous Patron the SB’s passion for the justice system and for FRU’s work is clear. We are sure that the Secret Barrister’s high profile will help us to communicate our aims and successes more widely.”

    FRU has launched its crowd funding campaign to raise much needed funds to support our work. The campaign focusses on our work representing disabled people in social security tribunals. FRU needs to raise a minimum of £3000 from the campaign. Pledges can be made at this address:

  • Donate to FRU while you are shopping online
    Mon, 10/01/2018 - 15:06

    FRU has enrolled with Smile.Amazon. If you shop at the specific address and choose FRU as you nominated charity, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to FRU. Please bear this in mind with Xmas coming up.

  • Employment Training Tomorrow
    Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:12

    Please note Training will take place in the Atkin Building, Lecture
    Theatre AB (which is located in the basement).

    You can gain access the campus via Warwick Court, this is an alleyway
    off High Holborn.
    There is a Starbucks on the corner of Warwick Court and High Holborn.
    Or you can enter via Fulwood Place and Field Court.

    The lectures will begin at 10.00am: please make sure you attend in
    good time to register.

    Follow this -  link for a map to the venue.

    If this link doesn't work, try to copy and paste in to your browser:

  • Holly swims to raise nearly £1500
    Wed, 09/26/2018 - 15:05

    FRU supporter Holly Stout has raised a whopping £1457 from swimming 2 miles across London’s Serpentine lake in Hyde Park. She took part in the annual Swim Serpentine festival on 22 September.

    Holly said “ I’m so pleased we raised so much. And I really enjoyed the swim, - the fastest and furthest I have ever done in one go!”.

    FRU Chief Executive commented “Holly’s performance was impressive – she came in the top 400 swimmers out of over 2100 entrants. Everyone at FRU thanks Holly for her fantastic effort – she not only swam the huge distance of 2 miles but also rallied her friends, family and colleagues to sponsor her for nearly £1500.”

    Holly’s Just Giving page is still open and can be accessed at

  • FRU Chief Executive blogs for the Bar Council
    Fri, 09/14/2018 - 11:19

    FRU’s Chief Executive, David Abbott, was delighted to be asked to write a blog for the Bar Council’s newsletter ‘BarTalk’. The blog has now been published on the Bar Council website and provides an overview of our work and how it links to the Bar.