Toronto-Wide Hireback Numbers

Since 2009, PrecedentJD 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 twelve years and sort the hireback data in each column. If you click on the name of a firm, 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.

The 2020 Hireback Watch is live. To receive updates when we add new firms, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Note: The Toronto-wide Hireback Watch and Bay Street Ranking usually include Goodmans LLP. This year, however, Goodmans did not respond to PrecedentJD’s repeated requests for their 2020 hireback data. The firm’s entries have been left blank as a result.

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Firm Articling
Students
Students
Hired Back
Number of
opt outs*
Start Date Notes
Sherrard Kuzz 3 2 0 September
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt 24 20 3 October
Torys 18 17 1 To be confirmed (targeting late September/early October 2020)
Bennett Jones 18 17 1 Middle to End of October 2020
Teplitsky, Colson 2 1 0 Summer
Wildeboer Dellelce 5 4 1 January 2021
Bereskin & Parr 3 1 1 September
Hicks Morley 11 8 0 September
Fasken 15 11 0 September
Cassels Brock & Blackwell 15 13 0 October
Minden Gross 3 1 0 September
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg 11 9 1 To be determined
Norton Rose Fulbright 16 12 0 September
Goldblatt Partners 5 1 1 September
Dentons 11 9 0 To be determined
Dickinson Wright 3 3 0 January 2021
WeirFoulds 6 5 0 January 2021
Stikeman Elliott 25 20 0 To be confirmed (targeting mid-October)
Bogoroch & Associates 2 2 0 August
DLA Piper 6 4 0 Fall 2020
McMillan 12 10 0 To be determined
Blake, Cassels & Graydon 31 26 3 To be determined
Department of Justice 11 8 3 To be confirmed
Gowling WLG 15 7 0 October
Borden Ladner Gervais 29 23 0 October
Torkin Manes 6 4 0 Start dates are staggered between September and January 2021
Gilbert’s LLP 2 1 0 To be determined
Thornton Grout Finnigan 2 2 0 September
Lerners 4 2 0 July/August
Aird & Berlis 10 7 1 to be confirmed (targeting late September)
Reisler Law 2 1 0 July
Miller Thomson 13 6 1 January 2021, with one student starting in September 2020
Glaholt Bowles 2 2 0 Summer
Fogler, Rubinoff 6 4 1 Varies by department. Three students start in September and one in January 2021
Cavalluzzo LLP 4 1 0 September
McCague Borlack 6 0 0 n/a
McCarthy Tétrault 23 21 0 To be determined
Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin 5 5 0 September
Goodmans
Paliare Roland 4 1 3 September
McCague Borlack 6 0 0 n/a
Deloitte Legal Canada LLP 1 1 0 Mid-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.