The Ministry of Justice has responded to the protest by UK Uncut this afternoon, saying cuts are necessary as legal aid is simply 'costing too much'.
"We have one of the best legal professions in the world, but cannot close our eyes to the fact that - at around £2 billion - legal aid is costing too much.
The Government's legal aid reforms will create a sustainable legal aid system that will still be one of the most generous in the world. We want to ensure the limited public funds available are targeted at those cases and people who need it most.
At a time when major financial challenges are being felt by businesses and households across the country, the legal sector cannot be immune from the Government's commitment to getting better value for every penny of taxpayers' money we spend."