Andrew Norman has been the principal of Abrahams Meese since 2015.
He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2003 with degrees in law and science, both with honours.
Andrew began at Abrahams Meese as an articled clerk in 2003, and continued to work there upon being admitted as a solicitor in 2004.
Andrew is experienced in all areas of Abrahams Meese’s 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 matters dealing with Wills and Deceased Estates, as well as in Planning, Domestic Building and Retail Leases matters at VCAT.
He has also worked in property and commercial transactions of all different types, sizes and complexity.
Outside of work, Andrew’s interests include running, cycling and reading history.
Julian Wyatt has more than 10 years’ experience as a disputes lawyer, acting predominantly in commercial disputes. He trained and worked as a solicitor in the commercial disputes department at Minter Ellison’s Melbourne office, before moving to Switzerland, where he worked for a Geneva-based international law firm in international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration.
Julian holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) from the University of Melbourne, a Postgraduate Certificate in Legal Practice, Skills and Ethics from Monash and Griffith universities, a Master in International Studies (International Law & International Economics) from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a PhD, summa cum laude, in international law from the University of Geneva.
In 2018, Julian returned to Australia, set up Proxenia Legal, a small international disputes advisory practice, and joined Abrahams Meese as a Consulting Partner. He deepens the firm’s dispute resolution expertise with his wide experience acting for corporations, states and individuals before Australian and international courts and tribunals. Julian has notably conducted litigation in the Federal Court, Supreme Court, County Court and VCAT and acquired expertise in disputes regarding franchising, the division of assets, real estate developments, trade practices, intellectual property and financial instruments.
Sam Abrahams has been in practice for 40 years. Until 2014, he was the principal of Abrahams Meese. Since that time, he has continued to work in the practice as a consultant.
Sam has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation, commercial and property law, as well as the other areas of Abrahams Meese’s practice.
During the 1990’s, Sam was the senior commercial litigation partner in a mid-tier law firm in Melbourne, during which time he conducted a range of litigation in Victorian and Federal courts.
More recently, Sam has acted for clients in a range of commercial and property transactions, including mergers, and acquisitions of businesses by private equity firms and public companies.
To complement his many years in legal practice, Sam has a long and broad experience in business. He has been a director of clothing, home building and medical products companies, and more recently the chairman of the board of directors of a large commercial real estate agency.
Sam has also owned, and been the managing director, of a large, independent travel agency business.
Sam’s non-professional interests include golf, football, theatre and travel.
Rhys Collas commenced employment at Abrahams Meese in February 2017, and was admitted to practice as a lawyer in June 2017.
Since arriving, Rhys has had exposure to all areas of the Abrahams Meese practice, with a particular emphasis on property transactions, including leases and interstate property sales and purchases. Rhys has also overseen the transition to the regular use of electronic conveyancing.
Rhys has a Bachelor of Arts graduated from Monash University, with a major in philosophy, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Melbourne.
Tayla Williamson began working at Abrahams Meese in July 2018, and was admitted to practice as a lawyer in September 2018.
She graduated from Deakin University with of Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Bachelor of Laws. Tayla has previously worked at volunteer legal clinics, dealing predominantly with housing issues.
Since arriving at Abrahams Meese, Tayla has begun developing expertise in wills and estates. Tayla has a particular interest in litigation and dispute resolution and has worked on a number of disputes involving estates and probate, commercial contracts and intellectual property.
Tayla has also handled sales and leases of commercial and residential property and worked on matters raising issues of trust law and employment law.
Heather Johns commenced employment at Abrahams Meese in July 2018, and was admitted to practice as a lawyer in October 2018.
She graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, obtaining first-class honours in law.
Heather’s particular interests include Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Heather has attended a number of mediations on behalf of clients and has already been involved in a wide range of disputes relating to such matters as commercial contracts, employment law, child support, personal injury and contractual indemnities.
Heather has also worked on a variety of other matters whilst at Abrahams Meese, including conveyancing matters, commercial agreements, trusts, estate planning, privacy law, tax law and intellectual property law.
Legal Secretary and Conveyancing & Probate Clerk
Paula Romano has worked at Abrahams Meese since 2001.
Paula is capable and experienced in all aspects of property conveyancing, as well as applications for probate of Wills and the administration of Deceased Estates.
As a legal secretary, Paula provides invaluable support and assistance to the lawyers in the practice, and is a warm and friendly first point of contact for clients.