Law Society sponsors play about legal aid cuts

The Law Society is sponsoring a play about cuts to legal aid.

The Invisible, a new play by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, will run at the Bush Theatre in West London from 3 July to 15 August. The cast has not yet been announced.

It is based on real interviews with people at all levels of the British justice system, and “aims to tell the stories of those ordinary people affected by the cuts and to examine how they are driving ever deeper cracks into the fabric of our society.”

Law Society president Andrew Caplen said: “The theme of The Invisible chimes very clearly with our Access to Justice campaign. Cuts to legal aid have forced more and more people into ‘do it yourself’ justice where representing themselves is the only option other than to take no action at all for themselves and their families. This creative partnership will raise awareness of the importance of the role of lawyers within our justice system. 

”The fundamental concept of the rule of law is nothing more than an ideal if people cannot obtain access to justice.”

The reforms that took place under the coalition government cut £350m from the legal aid system and with the Conservative party winning a majority last week, it is likely that more are to come.

Legal aid cuts: the timeline

19 Nov 09: Legal aid lawyers earn less than sewage workers, claims Law Soc

16 Jul 10: Legal aid training grants falls victim of Government cuts

24 Feb 11: JLD, YLAL slam proposed cuts to legal aid

23 Jun 11: Legal aid cuts given green light

30 Nov 12: Manchester law students work to fill legal aid hole                 

11 Mar 13: Exeter law students march for legal aid

2 Apr 13: Student legal advice centre reports rise in cases as legal aid cuts take hold

3 May 13: Charter Chambers: cuts to destroy the whole notion of pupillage

23 Sep 13: Tooks Chambers blames legal aid cuts as it begins dissolution

15 Oct 13: Student family law clinic substitute for London legal aid

1 Nov 13: Baroness Hale on legal aid cuts: “There will be human rights issues”

26 Nov 13: Criminal Bar will strike if legal aid cut again

17 Dec 13: Law Society members debate no confidence in leadership following cuts

6 Jan 214: Barristers stage mass protest at legal aid cuts

10 Jan 14: Opinion: No Legal Aid, No Justice 

24 Jan 14: Students plan nationwide action against legal aid cuts

28 Feb 14: Bar responds to legal aid consultation: “worst fears confirmed”

7 Mar 14: Barristers strike over legal aid cuts, solicitors call for leaders to resign

16 Apr 14: Dyers Chambers cancels pupillage, blaming legal aid cuts

17 Apr 14: Opinion: Students should not have to fill the justice gap

27 Feb 15: Law Society wins right to appeal against criminal legal aid ruling

25 Mar 15: A “devastating blow” for access to justice: Court of Appeal rejects Law Society challenge over legal aid contracts

13 Apr 15: Joanna Lumley and Simon Callow lend voices to cartoon where legal aid superheroes fight villainous Grayling

29 Apr 15: BPP launches legal aid scholarship in response to student’s lobbying