Firms react to Japan quake

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.


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