Jojanneke’s switch in 2009 from law to commerce changed her view on work. Rather than battling in the courtroom, she started substantively achieving progress for her clients as a legal counsel. This proved to be a successful move for the senior legal counsel, who loves to practice yoga in her spare time.
“My most challenging engagements are those in which I advise on contracts for the sale of new bio-plastics. These products are still in the R&D phase, and the commitment of future clients is key in attracting funding for the construction of manufacturing plants. This is a perfect fit with my drive to work towards a sustainable future from a legal perspective. Besides commercial contract law, I enjoy working on the legal issues involved in intellectual property law, a remnant of my studies. What appeals to me in advising on contract law is that it helps organisations think things through first and then work to achieve them. Because of the sustainable relationship that you build with clients at Halsten, you are also involved in the implementation phase of the contracts and can see the results of your work being put into practice. In that regard, there are always discoveries to be made, and the profession is much broader than I ever could have imagined during my studies.
I teach yoga alongside my legal work, which along with my wonderful family, gives me energy and keeps me in balance.”