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 the chart below 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 2019 Hireback Watch. 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.

 

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Firm Articling
Students
Students
Hired Back
Number of
opt outs*
Start Date Notes
Cassels Brock & Blackwell 12 10 1 September
Baker & McKenzie 5 3 2 September
Beard Winter 4 3 0 July and August
Bogoroch & Associates 2 2 0 July
Brauti Thorning Zibarras 2 2 0 July
Fogler, Rubinoff 6 5 0 September
Gardiner Roberts 5 5 0 September
Hicks Adams 4 2 1 September
Miller Thomson 10 9 1 September
Minden Gross 3 3 0 September
Paliare Roland 3 0 3 N/A
Teplitsky, Colson 2 2 0 July
Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin 4 4 0 September
Stikeman Elliott 23 21 2 September
Bereskin & Parr 6 5 1 September
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg 11 10 1 September
Goldblatt Partners 6 3 2 Varies
DLA Piper 6 5 1 August
WeirFoulds 6 4 1 Varies
Wildeboer Dellelce 4 3 0 October or January
Bennett Jones 18 16 2 September
Torkin Manes 6 4 0 July to September
Fasken 17 16 1 September
Norton Rose Fulbright 18 15 1 September
McCarthy Tétrault 24 23 1 September
Gowling WLG 13 13 0 September
Aird & Berlis 7 6 0 September
Hicks Morley 10 6 3 September
Dentons 11 10 1 September
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt 20 17 3 September
Borden Ladner Gervais 27 24 3 September
Levitt LLP 2 1 0 July
Thornton Grout Finnigan 1 1 0 August

*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.