Trusted Advisors

At the heart of every business are its people, and they need
healthy & dynamic workplaces to thrive.

Justitia is a leading workplace law and consulting firm with a difference. Our name ‘Justitia’ means ‘Lady Justice’ in Latin, and she is the Goddess of Justice in Ancient Roman mythology. As a female-led legal practice, our mission is to help our clients create healthy and dynamic workplaces where people thrive – life is too short to be miserable at work. We feel privileged to work with those who share these goals and want to make a difference.

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The Justitia Story

In 2005, two young intrepid lawyers Sarah Rey and Mary-Jane Ierodiaconou had a vision for a different way of practicing law. They launched Justitia in 2005 as a forward-thinking firm that valued flexibility, diversity and a non-hierarchical structure. They prioritised client relationships over billable hours.

Almost twenty years later, the focus on caring for the firm’s clients and our team remains a priority. To that end, in July 2024, Justitia merged with boutique employment law practice, Toop Workplace Law, in order to broaden the range of services on offer. It was founded in 2006 by Jess Toop, and she and her team have a loyal following of clients. The combined firm continues to demonstrate not only that responsive client service and sustainable lawyering are compatible, but what can be achieved when you bring together passionate, hard-working and values-driven professionals.

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The Justitia Circle

Our clients are empowered through collaboration and two-way knowledge sharing. We recognise that the legal answer is only half the solution. So our team offers value in other ways. As part of the Justitia Circle, we’ll connect you to our extensive network of industry partners and contacts, bring in speakers to share their know how and explore with you a suite of strategies to help you achieve your goals.

“The most beneficial aspect of this session is the opportunity to hear different views and insights in a comfortable location”
– A testimonial from a recent Justitia Circle event

Creative and sustainable solutions

What matters to you
matters to us

We are passionate about keeping you out of Court and, where we can, preserving the ongoing relationships of those involved.

Awards & Recognition

We practice what we preach

Supporting Our Staff

As advisors to employers, we think it’s important to model best practice in our own workplace. Justitia has been recognised by its peers in the legal industry and by experts in the human resources sector for our unique workplace culture. We offer our staff more than flexible working conditions. We support our team to perform and grow, in and out of work. Having fun, enjoying each other’s company and appreciating the unique perspective that each person brings, contributes to our collective energy.

A Wealth Of Experience

Meet Our Team

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Melissa Scadden

Managing Partner

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Jess Toop


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Magda Marciniak


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Sarah Rey


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Acknowledgment of the First Nations Land

Justitia was established in Melbourne in 2005 and we acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the original custodians of the land upon which we live and work. We honour and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect and appreciation for the thousands of years they have cared for and preserved this country’s lands, waters, and culture. We also acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are located, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay respects to the Wurundjeri people and value their continuing connection to land, waters, language, and traditions.

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Environmental Impact Statement

Justitia values its staff, clients and our environment. We are committed to protecting our environment through minimising our impact on it. We do this by:
  1. recognising that we all individually play a role in protecting the environment;
  2. identifying specific roles and responsibilities for key employees in leading us in these objectives;
  3. integrating our environmental policy and commitment by consciously reducing waste, recycling, minimising printing as well as use of water, electricity and plastics;
  4. actively avoiding the use of disposable plastics;
  5. maintaining a paper-light office;
  6. considering the most environmentally friendly means of travelling to clients, courts and tribunals;
  7. implementing, maintaining and updating our environmental sustainability policies and procedures;
  8. taking an interest in environmental initiatives and integrating these into our workplace such as Earth Hour and providing facilities to enable our employees to ride to work; and
  9. sharing our commitment to environmental sustainability with our clients and the wider community.
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