Christchurch Earthquake

Wednesday 9th March 2011

Last week, on Tuesday, 22nd February 2011, the city of Christchurch was struck by a major earthquake. The New Zealand Government has declared a State of National Emergency and is focusing on dealing with the aftermath of this tragedy.

The scale of the damage and the trauma is widespread. It has only been a few months since the last big earthquake in the same region and the country as a whole is in shock.
As yet, we are unsure how the building where we have our office has survived, but we are thankful that none of our staff have been hurt or lost. We also have many clients based in Christchurch but have yet to hear from all how they are. We understand that our colleagues of the patent attorney profession who are resident in Christchurch are relatively less affected. Unfortunately, visitors and students from many other countries have gravely suffered, been injured, or been lost in the earthquake. It is a sombre situation and we are deeply saddened and concerned.
Sue Ironside
Chair of Partners

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