By donalee Moulton
June 26 2009 issue
For the first time in 41 years, the World Health Organization has declared a global flu crisis. The swine flu, formally known as H1N1, is the first flu pandemic of the 21st century. Law firms — especially smaller firms — are not immune.
A health crisis can hit at any time, and it does not have to be international in scope. The unexpected illness of a senior partner, a stomach flu that sweeps through the firm, one person with measles forcing susceptible lawyers and staff to keep away from the office — these are all scenarios that could hit a small firm at any time.
The key to surviving the fever pitch, regardless of its cause, is planning for it. “You should always have a contingency plan,” said Chris Hornberger, a partner with Halifax Global, a management consulting firm in Nova Scotia.