British father who died in fatal Australian landslide identified as a senior lawyer

The fatal landslide happened in the Blue Mountains in Australia. Credit: PA/Watson Farley and Williams

A father who died in a fatal landslide while on holiday in Australia alongside his son has been identified as a senior British lawyer for a Singaporean law firm.

The family were trekking through Wentworth Pass in the Blue Mountains, 100 miles west of Sydney, when they were caught in the major landslip on Monday.

Mehraab Nazir, 49, and his nine-year-old son died at the scene. Their bodies were recovered at around 9.30am on Tuesday.

The mother remains in a critical condition in hospital. A 14-year-old boy has undergone surgery and is now in a stable condition, while a 15-year-old girl remains under observation after being treated for shock.

Mr Nazir was a partner at the international law firm Watson Farley and Williams, which confirmed it was the death of their colleague and requested privacy for his family.

Mehraab Nazir died in the landslide Credit: Watson Farley and Williams

In a statement given to the Lithgow Mercury, they said: "It is with the greatest sadness that we must confirm that our dear friend and colleague Mehraab Nazir, a partner in our Singapore office, tragically lost his life in a landslide in Australia earlier this week alongside his young son.

"We will be remembering and honouring Mehraab, however, with the surviving members of the family in serious conditions or in shock, we ask that you respect their privacy and grief at this incredibly difficult time."

The family were trekking in the Blue Mountains at the time. Credit: PA

New South Wales premier Dominic Perrottet called the incident “tragic” and said he would be seeking advice as to whether the walking track should have been open given recent heavy rain.

“These tragedies occur too often so anything we can do to keep people safe, we will,” Mr Perrottet told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Tuesday.

“Obviously, the Blue Mountains is a place where people love to go trekking. It’s one of the wonders of the world but when those tragedies occur it would be remiss of any government not to act.”

Following the removal of the bodies, the New South Wales Department of Environment and Heritage announced that the area was closed to the public until further notice and a “comprehensive review” would be undertaken.

Police work near the entrance to the walking track on Tuesday. Credit: AP

“(New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service) has a world class program in place to assess geotechnical risks and maintain the safety of walking tracks and other infrastructure to the greatest extent practicable,” the statement said.

“Unfortunately it is not possible to predict and eliminate all natural risks such as rockslides, which can occasionally occur around the state.”

The Department added that the walking track was inspected in the days before the rockslide as part of a routine track assessment program.

A British High Commission spokesperson said: “We are supporting the family of a British couple and their children following an incident in the Blue Mountains.

“Our staff in Australia are in contact with local police.”

The University of Exeter, Mr Nazir's alma mater, said in a statement: “We are extremely sorry to hear about this tragedy and send our condolences to Mr Nazir's family, friends and colleagues.”