Melbourne-based workplace relations firm Justitia Lawyers and Consultants has appointed a new managing partner, with the incumbent stepping into the new role of founding partner.
Melissa Scadden has assumed the role of managing partner at Justitia, with the firm’s previous leader and founder, Sarah Rey, having taken up the position of founding partner.
Ms Rey said that the firm has been planning this change “for some time” and that it has been welcomed by everyone at Justitia, as well as by the firm’s clients.
“I have always been conscious as a founder of an organisation that leaders can fall into several traps,” she said.
“Firstly, they can have such a central role in leading the business, that it can become overly dependent on them. They can also struggle to let go of the power and position that the leading role provides and, as a result, get their timing wrong around succession — to the detriment of the firm and its clients.
“In handing over the reins to Melissa at this time, we have met and overcome these challenges in a way that future-proofs our firm so that we can continue to deliver high quality services to clients.
“Both Justitia and our clients are indeed fortunate to have someone of Melissa’s calibre at the helm as we move into this next stage.”
Ms Scadden added that she is looking forward to working with her colleagues and clients to continue to build, grow and improve the firm.
“Justitia has such wonderful clients and an outstanding reputation in the marketplace, and as a firm we are very clear about our values,” she said.
“One of my key roles as managing partner is to ensure we continue to live the workplace culture and values we have created. By doing so, we can continue to support our staff and continue to help clients create healthy and dynamic workplaces where people thrive.”