Sarah Rey

Managing Partner

As the leader of an award-winning legal practice, Sarah, along with her colleagues, has created a unique professional organisation that is values-based and leads by example. Justitia’s lawyers know that to help clients create an exceptional workplace, a multi-disciplinary team representing diverse perspectives is often required. In addition to providing legal advice, Justitia and Sarah seek to offer creative and workable solutions with a view to avoiding the costs of litigating protracted disputes.

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Areas of Practice

Sarah’s principal practice areas span human resources law, employment and discrimination advice and litigation, arbitrating Code of Conduct breaches, workplace legal training and investigations into employee misconduct and bullying. Her clients are in the government, professional/legal services, education and retail sectors. As a trained mediator, Sarah has a particular interest in early intervention to resolve conflict.

Sarah frequently presents papers on employment law developments at professional conferences. She enjoys collaborating with others and training senior executives on topics such as how to have difficult conversation with staff and managing workplace flexibility. Sarah is a recommended lawyer in Doyle’s Guide for 2021.

Experience and expertise

Recent examples of work undertaken by Sarah include:

  • Conducted multiple complex investigations over 28 years including most recently one involving a large multi-national organisation and multiple parties and allegations, and one under the Victorian Reportable Conduct Scheme.
  • Advised local government councils in relation to the best approach to managing conflict, disputes and general governance issues.
  • Provided advice to the Board of an Association in relation to disputes between directors and management.
  • Advised a not for profit in relation to the fraudulent behaviour of an employee and instructed the workplace investigator retained to investigate.
  • Advised on the terms and conditions of executives and award covered staff, about the best approach to termination which includes applying Justitia’s difficult conversations framework.
  • Presenting Justitia’s “Appropriate Workplace Behaviours” training to multiple clients in the government and corporate sectors.
  • Retained by law firms to conduct multiple workplace mediations and investigations where the issues pertain to senior personnel, complex or sensitive issues.

Professional and community engagement

In 2021, Sarah was recognised by the prestigious Doyle’s Guide as one of Victoria’s leading employer-focused Victorian employment lawyers. Sarah is a director of the US Association of Workplace Investigators and the co-convenor of the Australasian chapter. In 2017-2018 Sarah was a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, co-lecturing in a Masters subject on investigation and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre of Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne.

Sarah has previously chaired an education board within a network of seven schools, and been a director of a different school board. Sarah is also an accredited mediator.

Education

  • Master of Laws, University of Melbourne, 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne, 1991
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne, 1991
  • Accredited Mediator, LEADR (now Resolution Institute), 2014
  • Certificate, Association of Workplace Investigators (US), 2018

Affiliations

  • Australasian Association of Workplace Investigators
  • Australian Human Resource Institute
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Resolution Institute
  • Victorian Women Lawyers
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Sarah remains one of the most strategic workplace advisers that we’ve had the pleasure of working with. Her ability to see a workplace problem from its various angles helps her clients reach solutions that might not otherwise have even been on the table.
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