Public consultations

Public Consultations

FRU is often asked to comment on changes in law or regulation.  We regard it as part of our job to respond to consultation documents when we have a view or relevant experience.  A selection of recent responses is set out below.  

FRU objects to the 2010 Green Paper's proposals for changes to civil legal aid. We responded in February 2011. Here is a copy of our submission to the Ministry of Justice. We are opposed to the removal of Legal Help from welfare benefits, criminal injuries compensation and many employment cases. The main points we make are these:-

  • Early intervention saves cost for all
  • The law and the legal process is too complex for most individuals who would be affected
  • Legal aid in civil cases is an essential part of the rule of law in a civilised society
  • The changes would hit the most vulnerable
  • Legal help unlocks lawyers' pro bono activities
  • Pro bono organisations cannot fill the gap
  • Allowing Legal Help to continue in the discrimination aspects of employment cases but not other aspects will complicate cases, confuse clients, impede negotiated settlement and increase racial and other forms of prejudice
  • Telephone help is no substitute for face to face contact.


Discrimination Law Review: The Government's wide ranging review of discrimination law, in preparation for the Single Equality Act was published in June 2007. Our response.

Cost recovery in pro bono cases: The Department for Constitutional Affairs, as it then was, issued a document ‘Cost recovery in pro bono assisted cases’ on which it sought views. Our response

Resolving disputes in the workplace:  On 21st March 2007, the Government published the outcome of an independent review of the employment dispute resolution system in Great Britain, led by Michael Gibbons. The website of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform contains details.  The Government sought views. Our response AOur response B.

Bar Standards Board consultation on barristers’ entertaining.  The Bar asked for views on barristers’ entertaining. In June 2007, the Bar Standards Board produced guidance which deals with the concerns we expressed.  Our response.