Our services - Litigation & Dispute Resolution

At Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson we understand all nature of disputes.

Commercial and business disputes require clarity of strategy, a forceful approach and an appreciation of commercial practicalities.

Estate-related litigation often involves disputes over the validity of wills and family provision claims. These require an approach combining vigour with pragmatism and an understanding of the dynamics of familial relationships.

We encourage the early resolution of disputes by mediation and negotiation. In the event that this is not practicable, we work with you to develop a litigation strategy that considers the potential outcome against the projected cost. Whatever the approach, we employ a robust and results-driven strategy, tempered by pragmatism to achieve the desired outcome.


Our areas of expertise include: Building disputes, civil and commercial litigation, contract disputes, wills and estate related disputes including family provision claims, insolvency and debt recovery, mediation, property and professional negligence claims. We can assist whether the matter is scheduled in the State Courts of Victoria, Federal Court of Australia and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Claims Tribunal, (VCAT).

Litigation and dispute resolution 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.