Toronto-Wide Hireback Numbers

Since 2009, Precedent has tracked the number of articling students Toronto law firms have hired back as first-year associates — and called it the Hireback Watch.

In the interactive chart below, you can toggle between the past nine years and sort the hireback data in each column. If you click on any firm names, you’ll see its numbers from over the years.

See below the chart to find out how we calculate the data and how we have handled law-firm mergers over the years.

We are now in the middle of the 2017 hireback season. So, in the coming weeks, we’ll be updating the chart below as firms report their numbers. Check back often and follow us on Facebook and Twitter, where we announce every update to the chart.

If you’d like to add your firm to the Hireback Watch, please email Sissi Wang at sissi@precedentmagazine.com.

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Firm Articling
Students
Students
Hired Back
Number of
opt outs*
Start Date Notes
Cassels Brock & Blackwell 12 12 0 September
Dentons 12 7 1 September
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin 12 12 0 September
McMillan 12 11 0 September
Torys 17 15 1 September
Baker & McKenzie 4 4 0 September
Fogler, Rubinoff 7 4 0 September
Gilberts 1 1 0 TBD
Hicks Adams 4 2 2 August
Kim Orr 2 2 0 September
Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin 3 3 0 September
Smart & Biggar 3 3 0 September
Stikeman Elliott 24 22 2 September
Dickinson Wright 2 2 0 September
Paliare Roland 3 2 0 September
Torkin Manes 6 3 0 August and September
Bereskin & Parr 5 3 0 September
WeirFoulds 6 4 0 Staggered
Borden Ladner Gervais 19 16 1 September
Lerners 4 3 0 September
McCarthy Tétrault 20 17 1 September
Gardiner Roberts 3 2 0 TBD
Teplitsky, Colson 2 2 0 August
Blake, Cassels & Graydon 24 23 0 September
Bennett Jones 18 12 0 September
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg 14 8 5 September
Department of Justice 10 10 0 June or July
Goodmans 15 13 1 Fall
Gowling WLG 13 8 0 September
Norton Rose Fulbright 17 12 1 September
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt 20 20 0 September
Hicks Morley 10 6 1 September
Blaney McMurtry 7 4 1 September
Minden Gross 3 3 0 TBD
Wildeboer Dellelce 4 4 0 October
Bogoroch & Associates 1 1 0 July
Sherrard Kuzz 3 2 0 Summer
Miller Thomson 8 8 0 September
Beard Winter 5 3 0 September
Aird & Berlis 8 3 1 September

*Students who opted out are included in the figures for total articling students

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Notes on the data

  • Our data for each year before 2013 refers to the numbers for FMC, which merged with Dentons in March 2013.
  • Our data for each year before 2012 refers to Ogilvy Renault, which merged with Norton Rose in July 2011.
  • Our data for each year before 2016 refers to Gowling Lafleur Henderson, which merged with UK-based Wragge Lawrence Graham to form Gowling WLG in February 2016.
  • Our data for each year before 2015 refers to Davis LLP, which merged with DLA Piper in April 2015.