Asbestos fears at White & Case

Lawyers and staff at White & Case are being forced to work from an office where asbestos has been discovered as the firm’s move to its new City premises has been delayed.

The discovery of the potentially damaging substance at 8 Moorgate coincides with the introduction of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, which came into force on 21 May.

The Health & Safety Executive regime requires all businesses to carry out asbestos assessments and manage the risk.

In April, the managing agent for the building’s landlord discovered asbestos in the stairwell boarding that surrounds the lift shaft at 8 Moorgate. All White & Case staff and lawyers were informed on 23 April.

A consultant carried out a risk assessment, concluding that the risk was low and would remain so if the asbestos remained undisturbed. It has since been encased. Weekly air sample tests are taken and so far have proved negative.

White & Case’s London practice had hoped to move into its new premises at Lion’s Plaza by Easter. However, this has now been delayed until October.

In addition to 8 Moorgate, the firm has space in four other premises in London.