John Toohey – Consultant


Areas of Practice

  • Wills, probate and the administration of estates and trusts
  • Accredited Specialist Wills & Estates – Law Institute of Victoria

Personal Assistant: Leigh O’Connor


John Toohey is an experienced lawyer with a particular expertise in assisting private clients with issues relating to wills, probate and the administration of estates and trusts.

John has a personal approach to the practice of law. He is a supportive, compassionate and professional advocate for his clients, offering practical solutions to personal issues. John values the creation of long-term professional relationships. For over 25 years, he has advised individuals and generations of families on their private client needs.

John was a Partner with Gavan Duffy & King, prior to the merger with Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson in 1998. He continued as a Partner until 2001.


  • Wills
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Probate
  • Administrations
  • Executorships
  • Trusteeships
  • VCAT – Guardian and Administration orders/applications

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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.