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Kyra Reznikov

Kyra Reznikov

Special Counsel

Kyra’s expertise is unrivalled in her field. She is the only environmental lawyer in South Australia with qualifications and practical experience in both Chemical Engineering and Law. It’s a potent combination and her clients quickly realise the benefits. Kyra has been named as a leading Planning and Environment lawyer in South Australia in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession since 2010. Since 2014, she has been recognised in ‘Best Lawyers Australia’ for her expertise in planning and environmental law.  In April 2018, based on feedback from industry peers, she was named Lawyer of the Year – Planning & Environmental Law in SA by Best Lawyers Australia.

Kyra brings valuable industry insight and expertise to her role as head of our Environment, Climate Change and Planning practice area. Kyra’s combination of technical and legal expertise enables her to talk to clients, engineers, regulators and industry consultants in their own language. For Kyra, it’s almost like being bilingual – it’s an invaluable skill that makes it easier to resolve issues for everyone involved.

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Kyra has significant expertise in dealing with site contamination, environmental compliance and project approval issues and is a key advisor to the mining and petroleum, energy, property development and wine sectors. She also has particular expertise with wind energy developments.

Kyra brings a real-world perspective to both sides of an issue and works closely with her clients and with regulators to identify, negotiate and implement solutions that meet business objectives as well as regulatory requirements.


  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Hons)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice



  • National Environmental Law Association of Australia Member
  • The Law Society of South Australia Member
  • SA Wine Industry Association Environment Committee Member
  • Women in Resources SA Committee Member
  • Australasian Land and Groundwater Association Adelaide Branch Committee Member
  • Clean Energy Council Wind Directorate Member

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