Dianna GrantSpecial Counsel
Dianna has more than 15 years' experience advising on the complex and constantly evolving development approval process in NSW. She assists local government clients with understanding their statutory duties, powers and immunities under planning and local government legislation. She also advises on a range of related environmental legislation, including the Protection of Environment Operations Act 1997, as well as on criminal prosecutions and investigations.
What she does
Dianna advises local councils, property developers and consultants on the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 and other legislation that affects them. She regularly conducts litigation in all classes of the Land & Environment Court's jurisdiction.
Who she works with
Dianna works with city and regional councils in NSW, state-owned corporations, planning consultants and property developers.
What her clients say
"I have worked with Dianna on several matters and have always received clear advice and options of a high standard... Dianna...will explain legal principles and matters in easily understood terms." Peter Jeuken, Manager – Development & Compliance, Lismore City Council
"I have been working with Dianna for in excess of ten years while undertaking my function as a Planning Manager at a number of Lower Hunter councils. Dianna has always provided me with prompt, well-informed legal advice and she has been instrumental in council being successful in a number of Land and Environment Court proceedings. Dianna is the consummate professional, while still being personable with a good sense of humour, which makes working with her both highly productive and fun." Jacqui Tupper, Manager Planning, Dungog Shire Council
Dianna has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree. She is also an Accredited Specialist in Planning and Environment Law.
Life before Sparkes
Before joining the firm Dianna studied law at the University of Newcastle and was a graduate lawyer at Minter Ellison Lawyers in Sydney.
Life outside of Sparkes
Dianna enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and much-loved dog “Sophie”. She also plays and coaches netball, and is a long-time supporter of the Sydney Swans.