Biography

Dianne is a partner in the Disputes + Investigations group, whose practice focusses on employment and industrial law.

In particular, Dianne specialises in strategically complex and business-critical disputes and investigations. Her expertise include post-employment restraints, performance management and termination of staff, investigations into discrimination, sexual harassment and critical WHS incidents, as well as regulatory investigations. She is an experienced employment litigation lawyer acting in all courts and tribunals in which employment-related disputes are litigated including Fair Work Australia, the NSW Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Court and the Federal Court of Australia.

Dianne’s approach is to achieve practical and commercially sound solutions for clients in the many and varied issues which confront employers in the Australian workplace - from the commencement of the employment relationship to termination. Her clients include government authorities, public and private companies and senior executives. Her work cuts across many industries including private equity, telecommunications, technology, energy and entertainment industries.

Dianne’s recent experience includes:

  • Conducting investigations on behalf of employers into allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying and advising employers on the content and implementation of policies impacting on diversity including discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying and employee grievance.
  • Drafting executive service agreements, employment contracts, workplace agreements, company policies, consultancy agreements, proprietary information and inventions agreements, secondment agreements.
  • Assisting clients to performance manage and terminate staff (particularly in relation to executive terminations) without legal consequence, including the management/resolution of workplace performance, grievances and disputes and conducting workplace investigations.
  • Acting in all forms of employment litigation, including wrongful dismissal and other breach of contract claims, general protections, unfair dismissal, discrimination and sexual harassment, occupational health and safety, small claims, enforcement of restrictive covenants and post-employment obligations.
  • Advising on all employment and industrial issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, including advising on transmission of business issues, strategic industrial relations advice, conducting due diligence and drafting necessary documentation.

Dianne is consistently recognised in Australia for Labour and Employment Law. 

Best Lawyers Australia 2020

Dianne is recognised as a leading employment lawyer and has been since 2014.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2019

Dianne Banks wins praise from clients for her "very pragmatic and practical" advice on employment and industrial relations. "I truly believe that Di is the best lawyer that I have had the privilege to work with," declares one interviewee, adding that she "has the ability to operate as a true business partner when I have sought her counsel."

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018

Dianne was the exclusive winner of the ILO Client Choice Award for Employment & Labour in Australia.

ILO Client Choice Awards 2013

Dianne was the exclusive winner of the ILO Client Choice Award for Employment & Labour in Australia.

ILO Client Choice Awards 2012