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P R E S I D E N T S R E P O R T L A W S O C I E T Y N T News and updates Happy New Year, and welcome to 2018! I hope that everyone had a relaxing break over the festive period. Having now resumed work, I find myself more enthused than usual at this time of the year. I suspect this is as a result of the challenges and exciting opportunities ahead in my role as President. Id like to pause for a moment to acknowledge and thank the members of the 2016/17 Council and committees for their contribution to the Society. These volunteers are essential to the running of the Society and their service to the members is to be commended by the profession. As this is my first Presidents column for Balance I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and outline the Societys goals for 2018. I became enthusiastic about studying law after quickly realising in high school that science and maths werent really for me. I was lucky enough to have parents who supported my desire to become a lawyer, but in truth, my parents were simply happy that I decided to go to university. Both my parents migrated from Cyprus to Darwin in the 1940s and they worked hard to instil in their children the importance of obtaining an education and the opportunities that come from a tertiary education. I was born in Darwin and Im proud to say that I completed my primary, secondary and tertiary studies in Darwin. Im a graduate of the (then) NT University and Im lucky to have been taught by the likes of Ned Aughterson, Bill Herd, Chief Justice Grant, Judge Blokland, Judge Oliver, Sue Phillips and a number of other well-respected practitioners in the NT. I was fortunate to obtain my articles with the then Withnall Maley & Co where I had the privilege of serving my Master solicitor, John Withnall, a brilliant practitioner with one of the sharpest, strategic minds and a genuine passion for the law. John taught me the important lessons: quality over quantity, and be bold when fighting for your clients. I continued with Withnall Maley & Co after my articles and had the pleasure of continuing to work with John Withnall, Peter Maley, Sally Pfitzner and Rob Jobson (and several other brilliant lawyers) and developed a practice in criminal law and civil litigation. After five years, it was time to spread my wings so to speak, and I moved to De Silva Hebron where I was able to expand my civil litigation practice to encompass and develop a medical negligence practice. I had the pleasure of working with David De Silva, Susan Porter and Merran Short and many other great practitioners. I also had the privilege of working with brilliant barristers who, one by one, accepted appointments to the Bench. It was during my seven years at De Silva Hebron that I developed the knowledge and confidence to move on and establish my own practice in 2009 with my business partners. I have worked and continue to work with exceptional practitioners and Im grateful that my partners have supported my continued involvement with the Society. Being in private practice, its easy to forget that being a legal practitioner is more than just running a business. My involvement with the Society over the past six years serves as a reminder that our society cannot function without a legal profession advocating for peoples rights and upholding the rule of law. Maria Savvas President Law Society Northern Territory

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