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Just got out of articling at a boutique tax firm and looking to lateral into a bigger firm. Anyone have suggestions for a medium sized firm in Toronto with a good tax practice? Thanks!

Any Canada Big Law firms throwing around retention bonuses again this year or are those days behind us? The work sure hasn’t slowed.

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Does anyone have a recommendation for a therapist in Toronto? One that specializes in high functioning depression would be great

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Making transition from ID to commercial litigation at a large firm. Nervous about the learning curve. Are there any materials I can read and digest to make this easier for me?

I’m a junior litigation lawyer based in Windsor looking to lateral to corporate big law. I have been doing commercial litigation, tax litigation, and tax planning. I’ve done corporate reorganization, … more

There is almost nowhere to find reliable bonus information on Canadian firms. I’ve heard of year end bonuses ranging from 10-50% this year (not including Covid bonuses). Let’s start a thread posting y… more

Anyone know of mid to large firms in Toronto looking for junior commercial litigators? Hoping to make a move soon.

Downtown Toronto Insurance Defence - what’s the grid looking like these days? Is 120k for a third year associate (1600 billable) asking too much?

Davies associates, what are the compensation and hours like?

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Anyone want to lateral to a U.S. firm? My firm is hiring across all offices and has a bunch of openings in corporate/lit, with a focus on tech. DM me if you're interested.

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Trying to rid myself of ID work and get into commercial lit at big shop. I’m just about a year in, and so I was wondering if it makes sense to go to a smaller/midsized shop first then see where I’m at… more

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Have you moved firms recently and what was the signing bonus?

Is it a realistic possibility to move from articling at a private firm in Windsor to an associate at Bay Street? I'm currently doing corporate commercial work.

I’m a recent call at a global law firm. When are bonus’ paid out generally? End of February? Thanks.

Quitting my job soon and am thinking about becoming a therapist/counsellor for lawyers and other high stress professions. Taking a poll on whether you would be attracted to the idea of a therapist who… more

Firms love to announce their new hires but it is nearly impossible to figure out which firms are losing people in droves during the “great resignation.” Any news? I will start. BLG and litigation. Man… more

Watching US salaries increase AGAIN and wondering why Canadian firms don’t have the same pressure to follow these raises. Is it the relatively small number of big firms? Is it that all the big firm ma… more

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What has your firm’s turnover like? Are people dropping like flies or holdout out for February bonuses? We seem to have someone resigning every week.

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How is your firm’s bonus policy structured? Set amounts based on year of call and hours? Discretionary? Who the hell knows? What bonus?

Has anyone here moved from the US legal market to the Canadian legal market? Would love to chat if so. Moving to Toronto in 2022. Thank you :)

How widespread will the great resignation be after bonus season?! I’m thinking it will be wild. I know very few happy people right now and most of Big Law has developed a crap reputation for how they … more

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What firms in Canadian Big Law have the worst reputations for burning people out?

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The lack of Canadian Big Law gossip and rants are disappointing. Do you all actually like your jobs!?!?

Have all Bay Street firms paused their return to office plans? Has anyone been getting pressure to show face in the office?

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What are mid level corporate associates billing this year? Asking because I’m moving to Canada from US big law in a few months, and want to know if I’ll still be drowning in work. Thank you!

I really wish the big law firms in Canada were as transparent about their pay and bonus scales as what we are seeing in the US. Does any Canadian firm share bonus scales??

Any non Canadian JDs here have advice on how to answer the question “why didn’t you go to a Canadian law school” during interviews?

Anyone know if any Toronto firms are hiring associates to work fully remote?

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Do Canadian firms have any interest in hiring American JDs given the market and that Canadian associates are moving to the US?

Trying to get an idea of some comparables here for Canada: Looking for : - billable hour targets, bonus structures, whether your firm has provided some form of COViD bonus /retention bonus, and lastly… more

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What does a third year corporate associate typically make in Toronto these days?

With Milbank / Davis Polk, etc pay bumps, do we anticipate a response on Bay St?

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Remote work moving forward: where are your firms at?

No active posters? Here for the unfiltered gossip!!

Anyone know anything about Norton Rose’s culture/associate lifestyle/ hours? Specifically in the Montreal’s business law group and their culture? Thanks!

How much do partners make?

Any word on bonuses?

Are firms hiring anywhere in Canada these days? Got let go from my biglaw position and Toronto feels like it’s freezing me out. How’s things in Vancouver? Calgary? Even Ottawa?

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Anyone ever make the transition from corporate/commercial to advocacy? Suffering a crisis of conscience and want to start using my skills to help in a different way. My background is entirely in busin… more

Any experiences with coworking office spaces in Vancouver? Looking for an office space for 1 day per week around the downtown area.

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