Despite the sun's best efforts in keeping the rain at bay the distinctive chill and forboding dark clouds echoed the mood of protesters that descended on Queen Square, Bristol to oppose the government's proposed £350 million cuts from Legal Aid. In addition to cuts in Legal Aid funding, cuts of 40% in the southwest are also planned for the Citizens Advice Bureau.
The message was clear - a cut in legal aid funding would deny justice to the poorer sections of the community, as many as half a million people. Union members, legal professionals and volunteers attended for the rallying cry against the government's plans.
For a more detailed argument read Sadiq Khan MP's article in the Law Society Gazette.