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  • 5RB Quiz night raises funds for FRU and Advocate
    Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:42

    5RB chambers hosted its 12th annual charity pub quiz last week, to raise funds for Advocate and the Free Representation Unit.

    Teams from many leading solicitors firms and media organisations competed over seven rounds of questions, with the quiz compered this year by 5RB‘s Adam Speker. The evening raised around £3,000 for Advocate and FRU. FRU would like to thank 5RB and all who took part for supporting access to justice.

  • Thanks and goodbye to Josh Yetman
    Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:39

    We are very sorry to be saying goodbye to Josh Yetman, who has been an Assistant Legal Officer at FRU since September 2017. Josh has worked across social security and employment. He will be starting pupillage in September. FRU Chief Exec David Abbott said “Josh has been a first class legal officer, supporting hundreds of volunteers and taking on some of our most complex legal cases. We thank Josh very much for his fantastic work and wish him well for the future”.

  • Chair of the Bar Council pays a visit to FRU
    Wed, 04/03/2019 - 17:00

    We were very pleased to welcome Richard Atkins QC, the Chair of the Bar Council for 2019, to our office today. Richard spent the morning talking to staff, volunteers and a trustee about our work, and in particular how taking on FRU cases helps aspiring lawyers in their career. One volunteer told Richard “I’ve learnt so much... I can’t imagine why anyone who wants to come to the Bar wouldn’t do FRU”. We are grateful to the Bar Council for its ongoing support and to Richard for taking the time to come and speak to our volunteers about his time at the Bar.


  • FRU welcomes our latest trainee secondee from Linklaters LLP
    Wed, 04/03/2019 - 16:47

    Imogen Leipnik has joined FRU for 6 months. Imogen is a trainee solicitor with Linklaters LLP. Linklaters has been a long-standing supporter of FRU and their support includes placing a trainee with us for 6 months of each year. Imogen will be taking on some cases as an tribunal representative and assisting us in the office. We look forward to working with her until September.

  • Welcome to Heloise Ramage-Hayes
    Tue, 03/12/2019 - 12:19

    Welcome to our newest FRU colleague Heloise Ramage-Hayes, who joins us today. Heloise is our new employment assistant legal officer. She already has fantastic experience as a FRU volunteer advocate and a Citizens Advice adviser.