Nominations for the Law Society of Tasmania Council have closed, I would like to thank the Council members this year for their continued service and particularly outgoing member Amber Cohen for her contribution to Council for many years.

A number of practitioners have raised with the Society the interim arrangements upon the retirement of Associate Justice Holt. We have recently corresponded with Chief Justice Blow regarding this interim period. His Honour has confirmed that arrangements are now in place for Justice Estcourt to deal with matters that would ordinarily have been listed before the Associate Judge until 20 November. After that time they will be listed before Justice Geason in Hobart, Justice Pearce in Launceston and Justice Jago in Burnie. If an appointment has not been made by 18 December, Justice Pearce will cover any urgent matters in the vacation period.

The Council of the Law Society of Tasmania recently met and determined to take an educative position on the Voice and has released a statement. Leading up to the Referendum the LST expects that its members will be approached by members of the community for assistance on how the process works. I encourage you to all be well informed.

The Attraction and Retention working group have been meeting regularly to attempt to address some of the issues in the profession on the matter. We are hosting a CPD workshop on 13 October at 1pm on “The Basics of Practice: an information session for early career lawyers”. In this session guest speakers Will Justo, Luke Taylor, Amelia Higgs, Julia Higgins and myself will be running a 1 – hour interactive workshop for newly admitted and early career lawyers on the basics of billing and time management. This session is free to all early career lawyers. Book here.