David Phelan – Partner


Areas of Practice

  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Commercial and Business law

Personal Assistant: Rebecca Hutchinson


David is an experienced lawyer and Partner of our firm who practises in the area of litigation and dispute resolution.

David assists clients with their contentious commercial and business-related matters through to litigation, if necessary.. David understands the needs of his clients and balances this against the commercial realities and costs associated with legal proceedings.

David practices in estate litigation, where he assists clients with a broad range of estate-related issues with a combination of skill and sensitivity. David conducts litigation in all state jurisdictions and the Federal Court of Australia.

Due to his experience in commercial litigation matters, David also assists clients of the Commercial and Business law department. David joined the firm in 2002 and was welcomed into the partnership in 2014.


All areas of commercial and estate litigation and dispute resolution including:

  • Insolvency
  • Debt recovery
  • Wills and estate disputes including family provision claims
  • Commercial and business related disputes
  • Misleading and deceptive conduct claims and fair trading disputes
  • Building disputes
  • Adverse possession claims
  • Partition proceedings
  • Partnership disputes
  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Agency appearances

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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 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.