Do you have a disaster recovery plan for your firm?

by Felicia S. Folk, Practice Advisor

If your office was completely disrupted by fire or theft, how long would it take you to contact all of your clients, recreate all your computer data, contact your insurance company, process invoices, contact opposing counsel and generally get your practice operational again? Does your practice have a plan in place to cover such a crisis?

Lawyers will find answers to these questions in a new booklet, Managing Practice Interruptions, published by LawPro® (previously the Lawyers Professional Indemnity Company), which is the liability insurance arm of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The booklet helps lawyers determine how prepared they are to cope with practice interruptions, and it details the steps involved in disaster planning.

Some of the topics include:

  • scope of a disaster recovery plan;
  • processes and procedures that need to be in place to prepare, respond and recover from a disaster, such as contact lists, evacuation procedures and emergency response teams;
  • property and premises issues, such as the need for an inventory of all contents, adequate insurance coverage, space planning and computer backups;
  • proper storage of client files and other key documents; and
  • steps in the recovery process.

The booklet is available on LawPro's practice website at