Pro bono assistance

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Bar Pro Bono Unit

The Bar Pro Bono Unit is a charity which helps to find pro bono (free) legal assistance from volunteer barristers.

They can assist with:

  • Advice, representation and help at mediation

  • Cases in all legal areas

  • Cases where proceedings have not yet been started, and

  • Cases in all tribunals and courts in England and Wales.

Pro bono assistance is only available to those who cannot afford to pay and who cannot obtain public funding (Legal Aid). 

Free Representation Unit (FRU)

The Free Representation Unit (FRU) was founded in 1972 and is a registered charity. They provide legal advice, case preparation and advocacy in tribunal cases for those who could not otherwise obtain legal support, for want of personal means or public funding. To provide this service they train volunteer law students and legal professionals in the early stages of their career in the skills required to give confident and competent support for the rights of others. All FRU's representatives are volunteers who are trained by FRU and work under the supervision of their case workers.

FRU provides representation for:

  • Cases in the employment tribunals (and appeals from decisions of the employment tribunals)

  • Social security appeals in the first-tier tribunal (and appeals from such decisions), and

  • Criminal injury compensation cases in the first-tier tribunal (and appeals from such decisions).