Free Representation Unit
The Free Representation Unit (FRU) is a unique institution that is now over 50 years old. We are a charity that alleviates poverty by providing free legal representation for people who can’t afford it. We train aspiring lawyers, who act for free. FRU’s clients benefit by having someone who understands the relevant law and can navigate complex legal hearings. Our volunteers benefit because there are few opportunities before qualification to have genuine ownership of a legal case including representing the client at the hearing. We cover employment, social security and criminal injuries compensation.
We employ a small legal team to train and support our volunteers. We partner with law firms, chambers and law schools to deliver our service. We are always looking for new supporters who can offer practical and/or financial help. Our success rate is high, but whatever the outcome we deliver access to justice for our clients, and we would love to do more.