Blakes serves a diverse national and international client base through its integrated network of 11 offices worldwide. This structure means Blakes lawyers contribute to matters both nationally and internationally. For an overview of some of the Firm’s most recent work, please click here.
“For me, Blakes was the clear choice for many reasons. I was drawn to the dynamic team of lawyers, all of whom made me feel at ease throughout the recruitment process and showed genuine interest in my career goals. Beyond its strong reputation and work on impressive files, Blakes invests in its people. The students I spoke to described a collaborative culture dedicated to mentorship. Over the course of my first summer, that has certainly been my experience. I have had the opportunity to work closely with lawyers on a broad range of mandates, each of which has been a valuable learning opportunity and chance to take on more responsibility.
Working alongside such a cohesive and supportive team of students and lawyers means that I look forward to coming to work every day. I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else.”
“Blakes provides students with a supportive environment in which they are encouraged to participate fully in all areas of the Firm’s practice from day one. As a summer student at Blakes, I was immediately given the opportunity to work directly with one of the firm’s clients. During my litigation rotations as an articling student, I gained invaluable advocacy skills by arguing contested motions, attending examinations, handling small claims files, dealing with clients and attending Court of Appeal proceedings. The challenging mandates are made possible by the Firm’s open-door culture and commitment to student mentoring. During my time as a student I received invaluable guidance from coaches committed to helping students succeed. I am grateful to have had such invaluable support and dedicated mentorship throughout the early stages of my career. ”
“At Blakes, students are part of the team from day one. As of my first summer, I was entrusted with interesting and challenging mandates and was even asked to work on secondment with one of the Firm’s institutional clients, where I took the lead on a number of projects in various practice areas. Throughout my stage, I was continually impressed with the level of responsibility and diversity of my mandates and appreciated the lawyers’ care in extensively involving me on files. The support provided by both Associates and Partners was unparalleled and revealed the extent to which they care about and invest in students’ professional development. The experience I gained was invaluable and has allowed me to feel both confident and excited to begin my career with Blakes.”
“Meeting and working with members of Blakes’ team reaffirmed the fact that there is no compromise necessary between excellence and approachability. Leading lawyers in their respective fields were easy to get to know and sincerely engaged in the recruitment process. After all, it was that devotedness that gave me the impression that Blakes’ lawyers and staff would be fully engaged in fostering my development as a young professional. This impression is confirmed every day I work here.”
“From being a summer student to becoming Partner, working at Blakes has been an enriching experience both from a professional and personal standpoint. It is a firm where you are encouraged to take on responsibilities early on in your career, to think critically and to grow as a lawyer while being given the opportunity to work with very talented and highly qualified lawyers from across (and outside) Canada on local, national and international projects. This is also a firm which promotes lawyers’ involvement in varied pro bono endeavors (from participation in board of directors of cultural organizations to fellowships in human rights NGOs), which to me, should be a component to every lawyer’s career.”