Andrew Norman


Andrew Norman graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2003 with degrees in law and science, both with honours.  He began at Abrahams Meese Lawyers as an articled clerk in 2003 and continued to work at the firm after being admitted as a solicitor in 2004.  Andrew took over the practice in 2014 and was the driving force in developing its reputation as a boutique city-based firm with a particularly strong reputation in property law, litigation, private client work and small business law.  Andrew is experienced in all areas of Abrahams Meese Lawyers’ practice.

He has conducted litigation in all Victorian Courts (Supreme Court, County Court and Magistrates Court) in a range of commercial and property matters, and disputes arising from Wills and Deceased Estates, as well as Planning, Construction, Domestic Building and Retail Lease issues.

He has also manaaged property and commercial transactions of different types, sizes and complexity, including asset sales, share sales and joint ventures.  He is particularly well regarded as a property and private client lawyer, offering his clients a deep knowledge of the legal framework impacting on their transactions and disputes.

Career highlights

  • Successful settlement of proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria on behalf of beneficiaries of a bankrupt deceased estate which owed substantial sums of money to the ANZ bank.
  • Purchase of large industrial property in South Australia with leasing to a major international engineering company.
  • Successful VCAT litigation on behalf of a landlord for termination of a leasehold interest by caravan park operator.
  • Brought and favourably settled oppression proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria for minority shareholder and former director.
  • Successful settlement, for a commercial property landlord, of a lease dispute with an international resources company relating to site in Port Melbourne.
  • Negotiated and finalised, on behalf of high-net worth owners of shopping centres in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, leases with major supermarkets and retail chains.
  • Sold an iconic Australian beverage business to an ASX-listed international food and beverage company.
  • Successful litigation against the appointed administrator of a hotel business resisting an attempt to reduce the rent payable under a hotel lease.