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 eight 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.

When hireback season is upon us, in the spring, we’ll update the chart with a new batch of numbers. So 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 Daniel Fish at daniel@precedentmagazine.com.

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Firm Articling
Students
Students
Hired Back
Number of
opt outs*
Start Date Notes
Aird & Berlis 8 7 1 September
Baker & McKenzie 4 1 1 September
Beard Winter 6 2 0 August
Bennett Jones 16 13 2 September
Blake, Cassels & Graydon 32 24 4 September
Borden Ladner Gervais 21 14 1 September
Cassels Brock & Blackwell 17 14 1 September
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg 11 9 1 September
Dentons 14 9 1 September
Department of Justice 4 4 0 June
Dickinson Wright 2 1 0 August
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin 12 9 1 September
Fogler, Rubinoff 5 2 0 August and September
Gardiner Roberts 5 3 0 July and August
Goodmans 13 11 2
Gowling WLG 16 9 1
Hicks Adams 4 3 0 September
Hicks Morley 9 5 1 September
Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin 5 3 2 September
Lerners 4 1 0 September
McCarthy Tétrault 20 15 4 September
McMillan 11 6 1 September
Miller Thomson 9 6 1 September
Minden Gross 3 1 1
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt 16 13 2 September
Paliare Roland 3 2 1 September
Schultz Frost 3 3 0 August
Sherrard Kuzz 4 4 0 Flexible
Stikeman Elliott 17 13 2 September
Teplitsky, Colson 2 1 0
Thornton Grout Finnigan 1 1 0 September
Torkin Manes 5 3 0 June to September
Torys 15 15 0 September
WeirFoulds 5 3 0 Staggered
Norton Rose Fulbright 20 10 4 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.