There are occasions when law firms, and those who follow the waxing and waning of their fortunes, can become a little inward looking.
The tragic events in Japan over the past week have brought that fact home in the starkest way imaginable.
The news that those UK firms that have Tokyo offices are making efforts to ensure the safety of their staff (see story) should come as no surprise, but is nevertheless welcome.
Ashurst is offering staff the chance to relocate to its bases in Hong Kong and Singapore amid fears that radiation from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could reach Tokyo.
Allen & Overy and Herbert Smith have offered support to allow staff to return home, with the former closing its Tokyo office indefinitely.
Norton Rose, meanwhile, has kept its office open but, like Ashurst, is allowing staff to relocate to other jurisdictions. It is offering the same opportunity for its staff in Bahrain, as tensions in the Gulf state continue to escalate.
The Lawyer’s sister title Lawyer 2B has teamed up with the College of Law to host a unique event for career changers and mature students. ’Not too Late for Law’ will be held on 19 April at the College of Law’s Moorgate Branch, where delegates will be able to gain an insight of how to break into the legal profession from some of the City’s top law firms. For more information click here.
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