Firms React to Japan's Quake


Posted on March 21, 2011 at 6:03 PM

After last week’s tragic earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, the country continues to battle the disaster’s effects and ensure its population’s safety.

Law firms in Tokyo are no exception, and as reported, they are concerned about the safety of their staff.

Ashurst has given its staff the option to relocate to the firm's Hong Kong or Singapore locations, to distance themselves from potential radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Herbert Smith and Allen & Overy have both offered assistance for expatriates and secondees in Japan who wish to return to their home countries.  Allen & Overy has closed its Tokyo office indefinitely.

Other firms such as Linklaters and Freshfields, have both delayed start dates for attorneys due to be based in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, Norton Rose has kept its Tokyo office open, but has also provided options to relocate staff to Australia and Hong Kong.

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