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Preparing for the worst

With security incidents and technology failures increasingly hitting the headlines, the corporate value of a dependable disaster recovery and business-continuity plan should be clear.

28 September 2006

Law firms cannot afford to be complacent, however, and effective firm-wide communication is key.

By Alistair Roberts, Patrick Stone Associates

The CBI’s new-year resolution this year was to increase awareness of the issue of business continuity. There have been some highly publicised and very obvious terrorist threats to businesses and business people in London over the past nine months, but the Hemel Hempstead oil-terminal explosion also came as a severe reminder that disaster can strike anywhere and often from an unlikely direction. Over 100 businesses were displaced by the fire, many permanently.

These occasions are more frequent than one might think – there was a significant power cut in the East of England last year; a serious flood in London and middle England; a rat infestation and a mini hurricane, both closing businesses in Birmingham for a ‘disastrously’ long time; and, perhaps most likely, a catastrophic and lengthy IT failure brought abo...

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