Adrian Tembel

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Adrian Tembel (born 1969) is a prominent South Australian lawyer and businessman[1][2]. He is the Chief Executive Partner of Thomson Geer[3][4], a major Australian corporate law firm headquartered in South Australia with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide[3][5][6]. He is also Chair of the South Australian Productivity Commission[7][8] previously serving as a part-time Commissioner having been appointed in November 2018[8], [9] and a Director of the Hackett Foundation[10].


Tembel is an economics and honours law graduate of the University of Adelaide. He began practising corporate and technology law at Thomson Geer in 1993[11][12]. He became a Partner of Thomson Geer in 1997 and its Chief Executive Partner in 2009[12][13].

Thomson Geer

As Chief Executive Partner, Tembel has grown Adelaide headquartered Thomson Geer to a major Australian Law firm with annual revenue close to $200m[3][14].

Thomson Geer is ranked 10th largest law firm by partner number[15], 22nd in South Australia's top private companies[16] and rose 32 places in the 2019/2020 Australia's top 500 private companies ranking[14].

Public Policy

In November 2018, Tembel was appointed as a Commissioner of the South Australian Productivity Commission on a part-time basis for a term of two years[7][8]. On 22 October 2020, Tembel was reappointed for a further two years expiring on 25 November 2022[17].

In July 2021, Tembel, was appointed Chair of the South Australian Productivity Commission.[18][19]

Tembel is also Director of the Menzies Research Centre[9][11].


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  2. "Michael Gordon buys Terrica sheep station". Australian Financial Review. 2020-08-30. Retrieved 2021-04-11.
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  5. "Contact Us". Thomson Geer. Retrieved 2021-04-11.
  6. " - Adelaide Uni Law Library Sponsorships" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Commission, SA Productivity (2020-02-02). "Meet the Commissioners". SA Productivity Commission. Retrieved 2021-04-11.
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  9. 9.0 9.1 "Menzies Research Centre", Wikipedia, 2020-09-21, retrieved 2021-04-11
  10. "Methodology and Judging". Retrieved 2021-04-11.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Directors". Menzies Research Centre. Retrieved 2021-04-11.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Commission, SA Productivity (2020-02-02). "Meet the Commissioners". SA Productivity Commission. Retrieved 2021-04-11.
  13. "Our People". Thomson Geer. Retrieved 2021-04-11.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Top 500 Private Companies: Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting beats Visy as Australia's biggest private company". Australian Financial Review. 2020-09-06. Retrieved 2021-04-11.
  15. "Law firms end pandemic pause with a wave of new partners". Australian Financial Review. 2020-12-03. Retrieved 2021-04-11.
  16. " | Subscribe to The Advertiser for exclusive stories". Retrieved 2021-04-11.
  17. "South Australian Government Gazette" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. Australia, Premier of South (15 July 2021). "SA's new Productivity Commission Chair announced". Premier of South Australia. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  19. ""South Australian Government Gazette"" (PDF). Retrieved 17 August 2021.

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