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As a white female, I once represented an alleged wife-beating Asian male in the police station. He didn't like being advised by a female, because I suppose it (in his eyes) placed me above him. He shouted at me in some rather unpleasant terms, making derogatory comments about my ethnicity and gender, before sacking me.

I walked back to the office, nervous at having lost a client , and wondering whether I could have done anything differently. Just as I walked in, one of the admin staff answered the phone to the police station. She shouted across to the (male) senior partner, "He said he'll stay with us if we send him a male solicitor." The senior partner was a real "man's man" so his reply surprised me, "Tell him he can find another firm, we don't discriminate in this one."

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