Client wanted white male barrister instead of Afghan-born woman

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Rehana Popal wrote “great to know that no matter what you do in life, you’ll still be judged by the colour of your skin” Rehana Popal wrote “great to know that no matter what you do in life, you’ll still be judged by the colour of your skin”

Britain’s only Afghan-born female barrister was forced to drop a case after a solicitor told her the client wanted a “white male” lawyer.

Rehana Popal, an immigration and civil law specialist barrister at 10 KBW chambers in the Temple, described tweeted on Wednesday that she “just had a solicitor call to tell me … the client has said he doesn’t want an Asian female but a white male barrister”.

Ms Popal, who was called to the Bar five years ago after graduating from university with a degree in international politics, wrote that she had initially been instructed in the case but that it had been adjourned owing to a lack of judges.

It was after the adjournment that the solicitor, whom Ms Popal has not…

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