The Lawyer is working with the Free Representation Unit (FRU) as its charity partner for 2020.

FRU is one of the profession’s most venerable charities and is the country’s largest single provider of pro bono representation, acting for people who are not eligible for legal aid but who nonetheless cannot afford lawyers. Its work is entirely carried out by volunteers, mostly law students and junior legal professionals, supervised by legal officers. It provides representation in employment tribunals, benefit appeals in the first-tier tribunal and Upper Tribunal; and criminal injury compensation cases in the first-tier tribunal and Upper Tribunal.

FRU’s chief executive David Abbott said: “Each year we need to raise up to £0.5m and we receive no public funding. This is an annual challenge that takes a great deal of time and effort to achieve.”

“We will use the funds raised to consolidate our service to our vulnerable clients, and to the hundreds of aspiring lawyers of the future who we train each year.”

In particular, money raised from entries to The Lawyer Awards this year will go to FRU. The date of the awards has been announced as Wednesday 24 June.