Our services - Family Law

We understand the trauma of family breakdown and the need to create certainty for you and your family.

Relationship breakdown is one of the most stressful events our clients experience. We understand the trauma of family breakdown and the need to create certainty for you and your family.

It is our priority to work with you to resolve matters as promptly and cost-effectively as possible. Our lawyers endeavour to achieve a satisfactory outcome through mediation. By doing so, we minimise your emotional and financial stress – allowing you to re-establish your life as quickly as possible. Should this prove unworkable, we are skilled at representing your interests through the Courts. At all times we will guide you through the process with compassion, understanding, expertise and support.


Our services include: Marriage, de facto and same sex relationships, parenting and children’s issues, property settlements, binding financial agreements – including pre nuptial agreements, divorce, intervention orders, spousal maintenance, child support, 601 certificates.

Family lawyers

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.