Bury St Ed­munds Greene & Greene Lawyer

SELENE HOLDEN

EADT Suffolk - - Women In Business -

How did you choose your cur­rent ca­reer? I wanted to make a dif­fer­ence and I thought that be­com­ing a lawyer would en­able me to do that. How do you achieve a work/life bal­ance? When I first started out I was prob­a­bly naive about the chal­lenges women faced, but that was a good thing as I didn’t feel con­strained by those per­cep­tions and just got on with work­ing hard and do­ing what I en­joyed. The re­sult was I be­came a Part­ner within three years of qual­i­fy­ing as a solic­i­tor. How­ever, I do think things have im­proved for women since I first started out and there is cur­rently a project called ‘The First 100 Years’, chart­ing the jour­ney of women in law since 1919 (first100years.org.uk). Who in­spires you most, per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally? My mum is my big­gest inspiration. She al­ways worked in­cred­i­bly hard and wasn’t afraid to stand up and be counted. She never placed lim­i­ta­tions on what I could do and was al­ways there, cheer­ing me on. On a pro­fes­sional level, Pro­fes­sor Ian Smith, who taught me at UEA, in­spired me to be­come an em­ploy­ment lawyer, with his pas­sion for the sub­ject and over­all bril­liance! Bury St Ed­munds Greene & Greene 80 Guild­hall Street IP33 1QB Tel: 01284 762211 www.greene-greene.com

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