Our Team

Like all great teams, the Tri-meridian Team is made up of qualified and experienced individuals with their own unique insight, skill and personality.  We also strongly believe that the Tri-meridian Team is much more than the sum of its individuals so whilst we have included a brief biography of each of the key players below, we would rather focus on who we are together and what we have achieved as a team because that’s how we work best.

The name ‘Tri-meridian’ was first conceived of in March 2006 and first commenced trading on 1 July 2006.

Since that time the Tri-meridian Team has built enduring relationships with locally based people in businesses of all shapes and sizes, from sole traders, partnerships, incorporated and unincorporated associations through to large private companies with complex related entity structures.  Our team-based approach enables us to sustain these relationships and continue to deliver pragmatic, cost effective legal advice and business solutions through almost every situation and stage that businesses (and the people behind the businesses) will face over their lifetime.

More latterly, since 2013, with the introduction of the Australian Charities and not-for-profit Commission, we have seen an increasing demand for assistance to organisations who are either registered charities or looking to be approved as a registered charity.  In addition, with an increasing proportion of our clients identifying as religious charities, our strong faith-based team is well placed to provide assistance with sensitivity and understanding of the unique challenges that this sector faces. 

Our ideology has always been that prevention is better than cure, consequently our primary focus is to find ways to minimise the risk of being embroiled in a costly litigation down the track. However sometimes litigation is the only option and in those times, we respond with confidence to push into conflict through the courts system, resourcing that process as appropriate to best meet the needs of our clients.

GEOFF ADAMS - LLB BA (JURIS)

PRINCIPAL

Geoff graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Jurisprudence) from the University of Adelaide in 1985 and was admitted to practice in 1986.
Geoff’s wisdom and breadth of “solution-finding” experience has been developed over a diverse range of professional roles (which has included employment and Partnership roles within some of Adelaide’s larger prestigious law firms).

Geoff strives to adopt a practical, common sense application of the law to each situation. His skill is in being able to approach the problem from a “macro” perspective, identify and isolate the key elements of the solution and then put together the right strategy and the right team to attend to the detail, documentation and implementation of the agreed action.

Geoff’s capacity to identify with his clients’ struggles and his commitment to safely navigate them through (or out of) complex legal situations has earned him the loyalty and respect of many clients over the years.

 Member of:

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Law Society of South Australia
  • CMA
  • CBMC International SA

Areas of Law:

  • Business, Corporate & Commercial Law
  • Competition & Consumer Law
  • Estate & Succession Planning
  • Not-for-Profit & Charity Law
  • Property Law

Jennifer Hills - BA (Politics) LLB (1st Class Hons)

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Jennifer Hills is a capable and experienced commercial lawyer in both litigation and non-contentious matters. Her experience across both arenas enables her to better identify preventative strategies in commercial transactions and to be commercially minded in dispute resolution. She has worked in large commercial law firms in Sydney, Dublin and Adelaide, and was an associate to a Federal Court Judge sitting in the intellectual property and commercial & corporations divisions of the Court.

Jennifer’s areas of practice include contracts, negligence, corporations law, trade practices and consumer protection, employment, construction disputes, property trusts and equity.

She is also across many of the particular regulatory and other considerations for the not-for-profit sector.

 Member of:

  • CMA
  • Law Society of South Australia

Areas of Law:

  • Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment Law
  • Property Law

ROCHELLE ADAMS

PRACTICE MANAGER

Visiting a law firm for the first time can be quite stressful, particularly if the circumstances that require you to seek legal advice were not of your choosing. Rochelle understands this and through her gift of hospitality, will endeavour to make you feel welcome and to put you at ease.

Rochelle also holds an Accounting qualification and has owned and operated a number of small businesses in her own right. So whilst Rochelle doesn’t have a law degree, her first-hand experience of running small businesses has given her a great deal of empathy and understanding of the unique challenges and difficulties that face small business owners and operators.

PS: It is also no coincidence that Rochelle shares the same surname as Geoff (Principal of Tri-meridian). They have been married to each other since February 1986 and have four children together.

 Member of:

  • CMA
  • CBMC International SA

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