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 2018 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 Nicole Chin at nicole@precedentmagazine.com.

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Firm Articling
Students
Students
Hired Back
Number of
opt outs*
Start Date Notes
Thornton Grout Finnigan 2 2 0 April and September
Cassels Brock & Blackwell 11 11 0 September
Torkin Manes 6 4 1 September
Bereskin & Parr 3 2 0 September
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin 13 10 1 September
DLA Piper 6 3 0 August
Paliare Roland 3 2 0 September
Smart & Biggar 2 2 0 September
Stikeman Elliott 20 17 3 September
Baker & McKenzie 5 3 1 September
Dentons 12 7 1 September
Blaney McMurtry 7 6 1 September
Miller Thomson 9 7 1 September
Hicks Morley 10 7 0 September
Norton Rose Fulbright 17 13 2 September
Bennett Jones 17 13 4 September
Wildeboer Dellelce 3 2 0 October or January
Lerners 4 3 1 July to September
McCarthy Tétrault 22 20 2 September
McMillan 11 9 2 August and September
Fogler, Rubinoff 6 5 0 September
Gowling WLG 15 12 1 September
WeirFoulds 6 4 1 September
Blake, Cassels & Graydon 27 21 3 September
Gardiner Roberts 4 1 1 August
Gilbert’s LLP 2 2 0 early Fall
Dickinson Wright 3 2 0 August or September
Kim Spencer McPhee 3 2 0 September
Borden Ladner Gervais 21 15 4
Torys 19 15 3 September
Sherrard Kuzz 3 2 1 September
Goodmans 12 8 1 September
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg 15 10 3 September
Department of Justice 9 8 1 July
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt 19 16 3 September
Minden Gross 3 2 0 September
Aird & Berlis 8 5 1 September
Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin 6 4 0 September
Bogoroch & Associates 2 1 0 July
Hicks Adams 4 3 1 September
McCague Borlack 6 3 1 September
Levitt LLP 1 1 0 June

*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.