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Following the disastrous attack on the World Trade Centre on 11 September, many of the thousands of workers – including some 14,000 lawyers – who were displaced by the catastrophe owe the speed with which they were able to resume work to their firms’ technology systems.Also a help to those affected was the generosity of other organisations, including some rivals, which offered space and network access in their offices.There are many lessons to learn from the disaster. Although all the companies in the building had made contingency plans for disaster, few had seriously considered what they would do if their entire head office were wiped out, along with all the key staff that made up the disaster recovery team. Because a major loss of data is considered to be fatal for a modern corporate law firm, many firms’ management committees around the world are now forced to seriously

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