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'Big Six' Australian Law Firms Evacuate as Flooding Worsens in Brisbane


At least two of Australia’s ‘Big Six’ law firms are among the legal partnerships evacuating their offices in Brisbane this week after weeks of rain caused widespread flooding that reportedly is the worst in 50 years.

Up to 60 feet of water are expected to cover parts of the city before the end of the week, and the overall area affected is larger than France and Germany combined, reports the American Lawyer in an article reprinted in New York Lawyer (reg. req.).

Although high-rise offices may not be drenched, electric service is being cut to many, according to the article.

In addition to Big Six firms Allens Arthur Robinson and Clayton Utz, the Australian branch of Norton Rose is evacuating its Brisbane office.

“It’s like a war zone,” says Don Boyd, who serves as managing partner for Norton Rose Australia and is stranded at his farm north of the city. “The floods have decimated Queensland.”

Related coverage:

Australian: “In the grip of the river serpent”

New York Times (reg. req.): “Australian Floods Rage Through Brisbane”

Updated at 4:24 p.m. to link to additional coverage.

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