Melissa Scadden, Partner, Justitia, Melbourne
Melissa contributes an international perspective to her work and the legal team at Justitia. She completed her legal qualifications and training in the United Kingdom and is admitted as a solicitor in both England and Wales as well as in Victoria. Melissa has spent time working in-house in both jurisdictions, gaining valuable insight into how to work with employers to add value and find solutions, rather than simply provide legal advice.
Melissa practices in workplace, industrial relations and employment law. She has a particular interest in assisting clients to take a proactive approach to building an exceptional workplace, rather than just mitigating risks when problems arise.
Melissa has experience working with large private sector clients across various industries including education, retail, security, hospitality, healthcare, finance, construction and labour hire. She has been involved in large projects and matters including a High Court litigation, WHS prosecutions, business restructures and negotiating enterprise agreements. She has also advised employers on a range of employment-related matters, including post-employment restraints, industrial instrument coverage and interpretation, misconduct and performance management, termination of employment (including negotiated settlements), discrimination, workplace investigations and FWC proceedings. She has a keen interest in alternative dispute resolution, is a trained mediator and regularly conducts workplace training.