How do I volunteer?

To volunteer you must go through our training and ratification process.

The Four Stage Process

  • Attend a training day
  • Pass a test
  • Observe a tribunal
  • Attend an office induction

You need to take out your first case in one of our two areas of law, social security and employment, within a year of attending a training day in that subject.

Sometimes we will waive all or part of the normal ratification process. Normally this will only be considered if you have personal experience of representing clients in the relevant tribunal. Academic study is not usually sufficient. To apply for a waiver, please contact us by e-mail detailing your experience.


Only when you have completed the above steps do you become a FRU volunteer. Please do not hold yourself out as a FRU volunteer unless you have actually taken on a case for us.