Business Continuity Planning and Management for Law Firms

Develop, test and maintain a tailored business continuity plan for your firm. 

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No firm is immune to disaster.

However the type and intensity can vary, as do the resources you’ll need to ensure the continuity of your firm’s business should the worst happen.

The changing nature of the threat landscape also means that plans must be adaptable, and at the very least, provide for a variety of issues and their solutions.

Business Continuity Planning and Management for Law Firms – provides practical advice on developing, testing and maintaining a tailored business continuity plan (BCP) for your firm. 

Against a background of increasingly demanding regulation, client expectations and a new international standard, this report demonstrates what firms must do to ensure they have best-practice business continuity plans in place. Specifically this report will assist you in:

  • Understanding the current business continuity landscape – trends and developments;
  • Developing and testing your business continuity plan – Including an action checklist;
  • Managing and communicating effectively through an incident;
  • Understanding the key technology factors for successful continuity – storage and server virtualisation, cloud disaster recovery and data de-duplication;
  • Implementing a regular business continuity plan reviewing process;
  • Developing a service quality and reputation management strategy;
  • Avoiding the common pitfalls during a disaster; and much more…

Along with expert views from Andrew Hedley, Cambridge Risk Solutions Ltd, Press Alert, and Visor Consultants you’ll gain unique, behind-the-scenes access to the successful continuity strategies of leading firms Allen & Overy LLP, Clifford Chance LLP, CMS Cameron McKenna, Minter Ellison, Mills Oakley and Duncan Cotterill Lawyers.  


Chapter 1: The business continuity landscape

Chapter 2: Putting together a business continuity plan

Chapter 3: Incident management and communication

Chapter 4: Technology and business continuity

Expert view 1: Back to the boardroom – The rise of strategic BCM

Expert view 2: Effective crisis management for law firms

Case study 1: Duncan Cotterill Lawyers – Facing up to the unimaginable

Case study 2: Expert insight – Practising resilience

Case study 3: Allen & Overy LLP – BCP trends and developments

Case study 4: CMS Cameron McKenna – Preparing for the Olympics

Case study 5: Clifford Chance LLP – Business continuity planning in a global context

Case study 6: Service quality and reputation management strategy

Case study 7: Mills Oakley – Brisbane Floods 2011

Case study 8: Minter Ellison – A BCP in action

Check our Executive Summary and full table of contents here


Caroline Poynton
Caroline Poynton is a business journalist, with particular expertise in the legal sector. Before going into freelance journalism in July 2007, she was for six years editor of Managing Partner magazine, an Ark Group publication dedicated to senior management in the legal profession. Since working as a freelance journalist, she has written numerous features, as well as in-depth reports, not only on the legal profession, but also on corporate communications and business management generally. She has also worked as a freelance editor on publications including Ark Group’s FD Legal and the KermaPartners Quarterly, a publication published by management consultancy KermaPartners. She has published several reports with Ark Group, including Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for Law Firms (2008), Managing the Evolution of Libraries and Information Services (2008), Attracting and Retaining Talent in the Post-Recession Legal Profession (2010), Strategic Development for Practice Group Leaders (2010) and Change Management for Law Firms (2011). She also co-authored, with Nick Brook, Business Continuity Planning and Management for Law Firms (2012).
Nick Brook
Nick Brook is head of facilities and business continuity at UK-based firm Mills & Reeve LLP. Prior to this Nick’s role at PricewaterhouseCoopers involved delivering scenario-based exercises and working on a proof of concept for business continuity software. Nick has worked in facilities for over 17 years across two countries and various sectors including transport, insurance, finance and professional services. In the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics, Nick spoke on business continuity planning for the Olympics at Ark Conferences’ Risk Management for Law Firms conference (December 2011) and has had articles published in FM World (the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management) and Managing Partner magazine, based on his experience of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Nick was also a member of the New South Wales State Emergency Service in Australia, an emergency and rescue service dedicated to assisting the community. It is made up almost entirely of volunteers. He can be contacted via email at Mills & Reeve LLP.

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