Australian Firm Mallesons shuts Sydney office over virus fears

The Australian Financial Review reports

Leading law firm King & Wood Mallesons has closed its Sydney office after a staff member warned they may have contracted coronavirus during an overseas holiday.

The staffer, not a lawyer, informed the firm on Wednesday of their concerns and management alerted all staff late that night that they should work from home until Monday.

KWM occupies six floors in Governor Phillip Tower in the heart of the CBD and has 600 lawyers and support staff on-site.

Chief executive partner Berkeley Cox said the staff member had gone for a test and was awaiting the results.

Mr Cox issued a statement on Thursday morning which said: “There has been at least one suspected case of COVID-19 at King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney which may have been contracted during overseas travel.

“The health and safety of our people and the community is our first priority and as a precautionary measure, KWM Australia has directed all our people in Sydney to work remotely until further notice.

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