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.


Malcolm Hastings

– Consultant

“ I have the capacity to see both sides of an argument and I enjoy the legal problem solving required, particularly in the business, commercial and planning and succession areas”

+61 9614 5122

Malcolm was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia in 1964. In 1985 he completed a Master of Laws at Melbourne University which concentrated on international trade, trade practices and commercial issues.

He has been accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a Specialist mediator.

His particular interest is in alternative dispute resolution and his expertise has been sought by many and varied authorities.

Malcolm has been a Sessional Member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal ( VCAT) , appointed to the Panel of Mediators at the Federal Court and the Magistrates’ Courts, appointed to Produce and Grocery Industry Ombudsman and Horticultural Mediation Panels, appointed to the Law Institute’s Mediation Advisory Committee of the Specialization Board, appointed to the Mediation Panel of the Office of Mediation, appointed to the Panel of Dispute Resolution for the Small Business Commission

As a mediator Malcolm has worked in the Federal Court, Supreme Court, County Court, Family Court, VCAT, Magistrates’ Court and also has been involved in private disputes and Property Law disputes.

Specialist Accreditation

Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist Mediator


LLB ( Melbourne University)
Master of Laws ( Melbourne University)

Areas of Expertise

Mediation and dispute resolution
Commercial law and litigation
Probate and estate planning
Business law
Succession planning


Law Institute of Victoria