Norman Fryde has more than 20 years’ experience in dispute resolution and litigation, banking and finance, corporate insolvency and bankruptcy. He has been recognised by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in Australia (2016 – 2021) in the area of Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Norman has also been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a recommended lawyer in Victoria in Commercial Litigation & Disputes Resolution (2019) and Insolvency & Restructuring (2018 – 2020), as well as in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2020) for his work in Restructuring & Insolvency.
Norman acts for a number of major insolvency accountants and financial institutions and in that role has been an adviser in a number of Victoria’s large insolvency administrations. He has also regularly acted for major corporate clients in complex litigation.
Norman’s approach is to work closely with his clients to identify commercial imperatives when instructions are given. He respects the knowledge and direction he is given by his clients and will consult with his client before taking any action that may trigger sensitive issues. He will then tailor his advice and the dispute resolution strategies around a client’s commercial objectives.
The time, energy and cost involved in the litigation process can cause businesses to lose focus on running their businesses and in many cases, Norman has worked with his clients to explore alternative dispute resolution processes with a view to more efficiently and promptly resolving their disputes.
In addition, Norman works with his clients to identify risks in their businesses and advises them on how to minimise their exposure thereby, where possible, reducing the likelihood of disputes arising.
In 2019, Norman was appointed as a panel member of the disciplinary tribunal of Football Victoria, which is the governing body for football (soccer) in Victoria.