John Henry – Consultant


Areas of Practice

  • Wills, probate & the administration of estates and trusts
  • Property law
  • Not for Profit law
  • Accredited Specialist Wills & Estates – Law Institute of Victoria
  • Notary Public

Personal Assistant: Ricki Elders


John Henry has practised at Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson since 1988 and has over 40 years of legal experience, practising principally in the areas of wills, estates and property law. John was a Partner at TDE for 22 years from 1989 – 2011. Since retiring from the partnership, John has taken on a full-time consultancy role with the firm.

John brings a combination of high level legal skill and a dedication to the personal attention of his clients. Under his guidance all matters are handled with sensitivity, professionalism and care.

John is accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a Specialist in Wills and Estates. John is also a Fellow of the Society of Notaries of Victoria.

Prior to joining Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson, John was a partner with Turner Ness & Davis and Sly & Weigall.


All areas of property law and the administration of wills, estates and trusts:

  • Drafting of wills
  • Estate administration and planning
  • Guardianship and administration
  • Notary services
  • Probate
  • Property law
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Succession planning
  • Superannuation death benefits
  • Trusts – including discretionary, fixed and charitable

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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
• Website

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.