Our firm - History

Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson has a proud heritage of legal service in Melbourne spanning well over 100 years.

Our firm was originally established under the name of Tolhurst & Druce by Charles Henry Tolhurst and William Ernest Druce in 1896. In 1945, the name changed to Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson following the admission to partnership of Keith Emmerson – beginning a name that we are proud to carry into the present day.

In recent years, Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson has conducted successful mergers with two long-established law firms: Gavan Duffy & King in 1998 and Doyle & Kerr in 2001. We also incorporate the firms Puglisi, Heffey & Pavlidis, Louis S Lazarus, Gilbert Bell and D Condon & Co.

Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson is keen to ensure that we can fully represent the needs of our clients. In 1991, a network of mid-sized law firms was established around Australia. Named Law Network Australia, this association ensures that we can now offer our clients effective and expert legal representation in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.

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.