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  • Jamie gets pupillage!
    Thu, 05/16/2024 - 09:40

    Congratulations to our Assistant Legal Officer Jamie Miller for securing pupillage with leading criminal, regulatory and public law chambers Mountford. Jamie has been with us since July 2023 and quickly established himself as a star performer. Even on the day that he was informed of his pupillage offer he secured an Employment Tribunal award of £16,000 for one of our clients.

    Jamie said "I am incredibly excited to start pupillage at Mountford Chambers in October 2025. I thoroughly enjoyed my mini-pupillage with Mountford and hope to be doing similar work, with the same lovely people in the near future. I am indebted to FRU for the support I have been offered through the application process and to the opportunity to conduct real life advocacy in the Employment and Social Security tribunals. The importance of my experiences at FRU to the success of this round of applications cannot be overstated -  every interview I attended asked me about the cases I had done and what I had learnt about either the technical or practical aspects of life at the bar. I came away from this process last year with very little to write home about and so I can safely say my time at FRU was a deciding factor."

  • Pro Bono Guide for pupil barristers launched
    Wed, 04/24/2024 - 15:50

    As many pupils begin their second six this April, we are delighted to announce the publication of a new guide called ‘Pro Bono: A guide for Pupils and Supervisors’. We have published this guide alongside the Bar Council, the Bar Standards Board, Advocate  and the Council of the Inns of Court.

    The guide gives a helpful overview for pupils and their supervisors looking to “give back” and gain valuable additional experience through pro bono work. It outlines the many ways in which pupils can do this during pupillage, from assisting their supervisor with a pro bono case, through to undertaking pro bono work directly during their second-six. Aspiring barristers can actually volunteer for FRU once they have completed their LLB or GDL and during the Bar Course.

    Our next training courses will take place next month and we hope to see many pupil barristers and other aspiring lawyers taking part.

  • Training Days Announced; Bookings Open Soon
    Fri, 04/19/2024 - 10:06

    We are pleased to announce dates for our next training sessions taking place in May.  Booking will open on Monday 29th April for Employment and Tuesday 7th May for Social Security.

    Please visit our training days page for more details about the training and how to book your place.



  • FRU says ET fees would restrict access to justice
    Thu, 03/28/2024 - 10:36

    FRU has made a submission to the government consultation on whether to reintroduce fees for applications to the Employment Tribunal (ET) or Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The consultation proposes a £55 fee for applications to both tribunals.

    We argue strongly that the introduction of these fees is not in the interests of access to justice.

    In the FRU submission Legal Officer Daniel Hallstrom said " FRU’s view is that the £55 ET claim and EAT appeal issue fees represent the worst of all possible worlds. The fees will disproportionately impact those currently least able to access employment justice, likely entrenching poor working conditions for the low-paid and for migrant workers. A decent labour market and a respectful workplace culture free from prejudice and discrimination are universal public goods which benefit us all. At present, those public goods are secured at modest cost to the Treasury by a freely-accessible ET system: something which should rightly be a source of considerable pride for the UK. The case for shifting the cost of that system, in whole or in part, to workers alone is, from FRU’s perspective, a weak one at best."

    FRU also contributed to two other submissions to this consultation, which we regard as particularly important for our clients.

    Read more here.

  • Linklaters secondee Sarah Ward joins FRU
    Tue, 03/26/2024 - 10:21

    This week we welcome our latest secondee from Linklaters LLP, Sarah Ward.

    Having qualified as a lawyer in Australia Sarah is now qualifying to practise in the UK. Sarah joins us to work in our employment law team until September.

    FRU Chief Executive David Abbott said " we are very pleased to welcome Sarah to our team for the next few months. We can offer Sarah a great deal of hands-on employment law experience in a short space of time. I know that Sarah is keen to contribute to all aspects of our organisational work. We are very grateful to Sarah for applying to work with us, and as always to Linklaters LLP for seconding a lawyer to support our work".