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 14 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 below the chart to find out how we calculate the data and how we have handled law-firm mergers over the years.
The 2022 Hireback Watch is now complete.
|Blaney McMurtry||6||6||0||Flexible. On or before September 6.|
|Bereskin & Parr||8||6||1||September|
|Baker & McKenzie||7||6||1||September|
|WeirFoulds||6||4||1||August or September|
|Norton Rose Fulbright||16||13||1||Varied|
|Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg||16||14||1||September|
|McMillan||14||12||0||September 6. (Anticipated.)|
|Blake, Cassels & Graydon||34||28||5||September|
|Aird & Berlis||8||6||1||September|
|Cassels Brock & Blackwell||18||17||1||September|
|Department of Justice||14||14||0||Various dates in June.|
|Borden Ladner Gervais||24||23||1||September|
|Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt||34||31||3||September|
|Thornton Grout Finnigan||3||2||0||September|
|Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti||3||2||1||September|
|Affleck Greene McMurtry||1||1||0||September|
|McCague Borlack||7||5||0||Staggered throughout the summer. All associates will start by September.|
|Loopstra Nixon||4||2||0||June and July|
|Kim Spencer McPhee||1||1||0||End of August|
*Students who opted out are included in the figures for total articling students
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.