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.


John Henry

-Consultant Lawyer and Notary

Areas of Practice

Wills, probate & the administration of estates and trusts
Property law
Not for Profit law
Accredited Specialist Wills & Estates – Law Institute of Victoria
Notary Public

Personal Assistant: Ricki Elders


John Henry joined Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson in 1988 and was a Partner in that firm for 22 years from 1989 to 2011. After retiring from a partnership with Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson, John took on a full time consultancy role with that firm and has over 40 years of legal experience, practising principally in the area of Wills, Estates and Property Law
John brings a combination of high level legal skill and a dedication to the personal attention of his clients. Under his guidance all matters are handled with sensitivity, professionalism and care.
John is accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a Specialist in Wills and Estates. John is also a Fellow of the Society of Notaries of Victoria.
Prior to joining Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson, John was a partner with Turner Ness & Davis and Sly & Weigall.


All areas of property law and the administration of wills, estates and trusts:
Drafting of wills
Estate administration and planning
Guardianship and administration
Notary services
Property law
Powers of Attorney
Succession planning
Superannuation death benefits
Trusts – including discretionary, fixed and charitable