Holding Redlich partner is passionate about her firm’s “fabulous” pro bono program

Sarah Bryden talks about her early interest in justice and what it’s like to work with her “harmonious” team in Brisbane

Holding Redlich partner is passionate about her firm’s “fabulous” pro bono program
Sarah Bryden

Sarah Bryden is a Brisbane-based lawyer who was recently promoted to partner at Holding Redlich.

With more than a decade of experience acting in large-scale and complex commercial disputes, Bryden is also passionate about her firm’s “fabulous” pro bono program and recently acted on behalf of refugees from Nauru seeking entry to Australia as transitory persons under the Medevac legislation.

On top of her legal career, Bryden is also an ardent “weekend warrior” who can often be found running or cycling on the streets of Brisbane.

In this interview, Bryden talks about her early interest in justice and fairness, being part of a “harmonious” team, and encouraging lawyers to take part in her firm’s pro bono efforts.

What made you choose a career in law?

It’s been so long, it’s hard to recall exactly! I’ve always had an interest in justice and fairness and I’ve always enjoyed a debate (I’m sure this was hard on my parents as a spirited teenager!) so I think it stemmed from that.

What do you love most about your job?

I love pulling a problem apart to develop a strategy or a solution to the problem. I love that moment when you think “that’s it! The way around this problem is X”. I also love the team I work with. We are genuinely friends and enjoy being part of a harmonious, inclusive team.

What is going on at the firm? Are there any new programs and initiatives that you’re particularly interested in?

There’s always a lot going on! I’m particularly interested in our pro bono practice and encouraging our lawyers to actively take part in our fabulous pro bono program.

What has been your proudest accomplishment in the last year?

My proudest accomplishment in the last year would be my promotion to partnership at Holding Redlich.

What should the profession and law firms focus more on?

Encouraging harmonious teams and happy staff who enjoy coming to work and genuinely enjoy what they do.

What has been the biggest challenge you and your practice has faced amid the pandemic?

The pandemic has really forced law firms to develop new ways of working and communicating with our clients. It has also made us more resilient, flexible, and forward thinking. This has caused challenges, but I really think the long-term will have a positive influence on the way we work in future.

What are you looking forward to the most in the coming year?

My first year of partnership and all the normal challenges that will bring!

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