Our founding families laid down solid foundations on which the fine reputation of Pearce Webster Dugdales still stand today.  We are a firm based on strong family values with a deep appreciation of the importance of establishing, building & maintaining strong partnerships with our clients.


David Sonenberg

– Consultant Lawyer and Notary

“My long involvement in the law and sport,  have enabled me to develop valuable and lasting relationships.  This is particularly so with client and lawyer teamwork, where together we achieve more”

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David was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia in 1979. He joined Pearce Webster Dugdales in 2012.  He had recently practised in another Melbourne CBD firm for several years, and prior to that David conducted his own practice in Brighton for some 20 years.

He has the distinction of being one of a select number of lawyers in Victoria who have specialist accreditation.  As an accredited specialist in Wills & Estates, David has been recognized by the LIV as having a high level of skill, superior knowledge, experience and proficiency in this area of law.

David is also a Notary Public, a Fellow and Council Member of The Society of Notaries of Victoria and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries.

Specialist Accreditation

Wills and Estates
Business Law (1994-2010)


LL.B (Monash)
Graduate Diploma Notarial Practice (Victoria University)


Areas of Expertise

All areas of probate, wills, estates, powers of attorney and trusts
Litigation (both general and in the wills and estates jurisdiction)
Business matters
Wide range of notarial services


Law Institute of Victoria
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners
Society of Notaries of Victoria
Australia and New Zealand College of Notaries