Our firm - FAQ & Testimonials

Although the legal matters may differ, the initial questions are often the same.

At Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson we understand that our clients engage our services for many and varied reasons. Although the legal matters may differ, the initial questions are often the same.

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How much will my matter cost?

On the whole, legal issues are charged according to the time that your lawyer spends working on your matter. Hourly rates for our lawyers vary, depending upon their seniority and experience. As a general guide our hourly rates range between $260 – $380 per hour, except where a set fee is applicable. At your first interview, your lawyer will discuss costs and we encourage you to ask any questions that you may have at this time.

How long will my matter take?

The length of time that legal matters take will vary, depending upon the nature of the transaction or dispute. Your lawyer will give you an estimate of the timeframe for your matter. As your matter progresses, you will be updated should this timeframe change.

How long do I have to pay my legal bill?

Our bills are prepared on a regular basis and we ask that you pay each tax invoice within 30 days. Should it be required, we are happy to discuss alternative payment arrangements. If you are experiencing difficulty with payment, please speak to your lawyer.

How do I communicate with my lawyer?

Our lawyers are accessible and do their very best to return your calls as promptly as possible. If they are not available, we encourage you to leave a message or ask to speak to your lawyers’ personal assistant. Our firm has a policy that all telephone calls should be returned within 24 hours. Our lawyers are also accessible via email and we recommend you contact them in this way.

Can I bring a friend or family member with me to my meetings?

We understand that legal proceedings can be an unfamiliar and stressful experience. Our lawyers are all experienced in their fields of law and are well versed in guiding clients through the legal process. If you would feel more comfortable with a trusted friend or family member, we are very happy for you to bring them with you to meetings.



We get good service and it is always a pleasure to deal with your firm. Neville Miles, Va-Vite Pty Ltd

Friendly and responsive – not too expensive. Peter Kempen

I appreciate being able to speak to the person dealing with me and having my calls returned promptly. Hilary Sanguinetti

Friendly but completely professional. Helen Rose

The Partners of Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson and Pearce Webster Dugdales are delighted to announce that the two firms have merged effective as and from Monday 3 April 2017.

The merged firm will operate under the business name Pearce Webster Dugdales (incorporating the Practice of Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson) and will primarily operate from premises situated at Level 4, 379 Collins Street, Melbourne.
The hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.

The main contact details for the Melbourne office of Pearce Webster Dugdales are as follows:-

• Telephone 03 9614 5122
• Facsimile 03 9614 29654
• Email info@pearcewebster.com.au
• Website www.pearcewebster.com.au

In addition we offer services at our Branch Office at Riddells Creek:

Telephone: 03 5428 6507
Address: Yeaman House, 5A Station Street, Riddells Creek. 3431
Postal: PO Box 110, Riddells Creek. Victoria. 3431
Office Hours: Tuesdays 9.00 am -5.00 pm and weekends by appointment.

Please note that all calls, mail and emails sent to Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson will automatically be diverted and or redirected to Pearce Webster Dugdales.

Pearce Webster Dugdales and Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson are both firms of long standing with Peace Webster Dugdales having been established in 1899.

The two firms share similar cultures and values and Pearce Webster Dugdales seeks to continue to provide you with quality legal advice and to service your legal needs as and when they arise from time to time.

Pearce Webster Dugdales’s is committed to proffering Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson clients, (past and present) whether individuals, families or businesses, the same level of legal assistance and support as was formerly the case.