James Drury

Associate, Family Lawyer

James is a graduate of the University of Canberra. James completed his Honours thesis in family law, taking a deep look at the impacts of coercive control on the mental health of mothers. James received the ACT Supreme Court Judges’ Prize for his work, awarded to the student who received the highest results for their Honours thesis. James has then gone on to publish his findings, co-writing an article in the Australian Journal of Family Law.

While studying, James worked at a national commercial firm before joining DDCS Lawyers to follow his interest in family law.

James was admitted as a solicitor of the ACT Supreme Court in April of 2021. He brings a considered and compassionate approach to assisting his clients, supported by his deep research, analytical and drafting skills.

James is also a member of the Canberra Region Family Law Professionals Association and Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

Awards and Publications

ACT Supreme Court Judges’ Prize 2020.

Legal, Light Bulbs Prize for Law Honours 2020.

James Drury and Patricia Easteal, ‘Fathers’ allegations of mental health and mothers’ allegations of coercive control: Intersections and outcomes in family law proceedings’ (2021) 34(1) Australian Journal of Family Law 57.


Bachelor of Laws (1st Class Hons) (University of Canberra)

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (University of Canberra)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (College of Law)