Adelaide Law Firm
Our Team of Experienced Lawyers
As a well established Adelaide Law Firm, we are proud of our team of dedicated, experienced and caring professional lawyers.
Serina Pace is our Principal practitioner, starting the Adelaide Legal and Pace Lawyers practice in 1998. She read law at Adelaide University Law School where she gained a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), along with a Bachelor of Commerce with an accounting major. Serina oversees the work of our legal team, ensuring the best possible results along with the best quality legal services for our clients.
Practising in property law, commercial and corporate transactions, commercial dispute resolution and litigation, personal and corporate insolvency law, liquor licensing and intellectual property law, Serina is an accomplished litigator and negotiator. With a wealth of industry experience, she ensures your legal transactions are seamless and stress-free.
Serina’s unrivalled leadership skills and passion for the legal profession have allowed her to create an environment where her team are constantly achieving commendable results.
Serina’s unique oratory skills are matched by unique foot-in-mouth moments, holding the office Golden Goose Award close to her heart for the last 3 years.
Managing Associate Lawyer
Julia Adlem joined our team at Adelaide Legal and Pace Lawyers in September 2006 and is now the Managing Associate and file principal for all Adelaide Legal matters. She read law at Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom, where she graduated with Honours and as dux of her university cohort. Julia has an extensive background in employment law and industrial relations, business solutions, personal injury and family law. Her industrial relations experience extends to both employee and employer representation, providing a comprehensive insight into the complexities of legal changes and implications in this jurisdiction.
Julia was a senior member of the legal team involved in a very recent ground-breaking decision of the High Court of Australia, regarding trust and confidence in all Australian employment contracts. She is also passionate about personal law remedies for injured and aggrieved persons, bringing her wealth of experience and understanding to bear in each and every matter she undertakes.
Prior to entering the legal profession, Julia worked in HR, advertising and media and her extensive management background in these industries gives her a negotiating edge and the drive to expect more. Julia doesn’t shy away from the hard fights, but she also has the common sense to appreciate when settlement is sensible and guide you through the mine field of the dispute resolution process. She has the ability to empathise whatever the circumstances, having the age and experience that is vital to successfully mediate at all levels.
Julia is mum to two girls and wife to David, so has no ‘free time’, sadly she still finds enough energy to karaoke in the office, preferring the 80’s classics from her heyday.
Shavin Silva has been with the Adelaide Legal team for over a year and has already assisted on matters ranging from Magistrates, District and Supreme Court litigation and more recently on a ground-breaking High Court Appeal.
Shavin’s commerce and accounting degree provides him with a keen insight into the commercial underpinnings of the matters he deals with, ranging from preparing complex terms of trade, business structures, corporate governance and insolvency and bankruptcy law matters for our sister firm Pace Lawyers, where he also works on repossession matters, commercial advisory and insolvency law.
Shavin works closely with our Managing Associate on employment and industrial related matters, where his keen understanding of both statute-based and contractural issues comes to the fore.
Originally hailing from the sunny shores of Sri Lanka, Shavin is a constant source of smiles in the office. He delights in finding new and innovative ways to advance his clients’ interests. And yes, we said “delights”.
Eleanor (Ellie) Douglas joined Adelaide Legal in 2011 as a Law Clerk and then later as Paralegal and we were delighted to keep her on the team when she graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology).
Ellie now practices predominantly in the areas of family, personal injury and employment law, as well as undertaking instructions in corporate law, sale of property and business, debt recovery and commercial leasing for our sister firm, Pace Lawyers.
Ellie has assisted our Principal and Managing Associate in the preparation of complex litigation before the South Australian Supreme Court and Federal Court. Recently, she resolved a catastrophic personal injury accident claim for millions of dollars.
Ellie’s psychology major helps her “read between the lines” to better assist our clients, while making her hands-down the most empathetic lawyer on our team. In fact, she has completed her Duke of Edinburgh Award and is a member of the Law Society’s Children and the Law Committee.
Law Graduate Paralegal, LLB
Stefania (the other Stef) Scarcella joined the Pace Lawyers & Adelaide Legal team in June 2015 as Paralegal, after being lucky enough to get a taste of office life during her work experience with us.
Graduating from Flinders University with a Double Degree in Law and International Studies (with an Italian major), Stefania has a special interest in helping people which she puts to good use in her volunteer/charitable work with Pan South Sudan and the Red Cross as well as her clients at work. She takes great pride in being compassionate and having empathy in all matters she undertakes.
Stefania works closely with all the lawyers on the team and assists them across all areas of law as required including personal injury law, family law, commercial transactions, employment law, migration law, wills and estates and everything in between.
Stefania loves to learn and is expanding her skillset every day. Oh, and she likes to talk. And make fancy Italian bakes for lunch. While she talks.
Annabel began working as a law clerk at Adelaide Legal and Pace Lawyers in January 2014, being introduced to the firm by her sister, Eleanor.
She works part-time and assists the lawyers administratively within the firm.
Annabel also studies at the University of Adelaide, where she is in her second year of a Bachelor of Laws/Arts double degree.
Oh and she’s passionate about her sister’s chocolate cake.
Stephanie joined our team in January 2016 and is our front-of-house professional. She provides administrative assistance to our lawyers and assists in accounts management. She will always greet you with a warm welcome and a smile and is usually your first point of contact at Pace Lawyers & Adelaide Legal.
Coming from a HR background, Stephanie has excellent communication skills and is comfortable interacting with a wide range of people. More importantly, she will use those skills to ensure you feel comfortable dealing with us. Stephanie also has an enviable administrative skill set which she puts to great use looking after our legal management systems and processes.
We have discovered that Stephanie is extremely competitive; she has recently been dubbed the Adelaide Legal Pace Chess Aficionado (or ALPACA for short) in our internal office games. Don’t mess with the Chess!
Introducing Hugo Pace, the newest addition to the Pace Lawyers & Adelaide Legal team.
Hugo joined us in April 2016 as our official office health mascot and has made his mark in more ways than one so far!
We have all read about the reported benefits of having animals at the workplace – increased employee morale, reduced stress, improved job satisfaction and worker health, increased activity levels and productivity – and at little or no cost to the company.
If it’s good enough for hugely successful companies like Amazon and Google, who both have dog friendly policies, then it’s good enough for us!
At Pace Lawyers & Adelaide Legal we are committed to our clients AND to our employees.
You matter to us. And to Hugo!
“In my Human Resource Advisory firm clients rely on me to be able to recommend professionals who can meet a very high standard – my reputation depends on it. I respect and trust Serina and Julia who have provided sensible advice and guidance to my clients, which makes me proud to be associated with them. They are honest, down to earth and resourceful, which is invaluable in any partnership”
“Having sustained an injury, I approached Adelaide Legal after very unsuccessful negotiations with the defendant. Adelaide Legal offered to take my case on a ‘no win, no fee basis’. They kept me well informed of all the actions they proposed to take and boosted my hopes when things looked at a stalemate. Adelaide Legal provided exceptional legal representation when the matter looked like it was going to court – then arrived at a resolution through excellent negotiation and legal repartee. I was appreciative that Adelaide Legal continued to press forward my claim and arrive at a successful resolution. I can only speak highly about the professional approach and unrelenting endeavours by Adelaide Legal to bring to a satisfactory conclusion a very difficult, trying and lengthy claim.”
“18 months ago I was involved in a motor vehicle accident, in which I sustained injuries that took me out of work for 3 months and required extensive treatment. I approached Adelaide Legal in regards to assisting me with an insurance claim to ensure I received the help I was entitled to. This was the best decision I could have made. My lawyer, Alisha, was so compassionate and understanding, she made a very difficult time in my life much easier. She has such extensive knowledge of personal injury law and made it her goal to see that I received everything that I was entitled too. I could not be happier with the service I received and the final result of my claim. If I ever needed legal services again I would not hesitate in giving them a call and would definitely recommend Adelaide Legal to my friends and family.”
“We appreciate the generosity of time and knowledge that Julia Adlem and Ellie Douglas afforded Grandparents For Grandchildren SA Inc at our Monthly Information Session for April 2015.
It is not often that busy professionals offer their time so willingly and without expectation of return. We sincerely thank you both.”