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Articling

Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP offers a unique articling experience, involving a rotation with the Unifor Canada legal department. Students spend half of their articling term at the firm gaining experience in private practice, and the other half at the Unifor working directly for a union that represents workers in various fields in the private and public sectors.

Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP’s history and current activities speak to our long commitment to justice at work on behalf of trade unions, their members, and individual employees.

At Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP, students will work with all of our lawyers on a wide variety of matters, including:

  • Labour Relations (including work in the education, construction, industrial, police, entertainment and public sectors)
  • Judicial Reviews and Appeals
  • Human Rights and Constitutional Law
  • Professional Discipline and Regulation
  • Criminal Defence
  • Civil Litigation and Employment, including wrongful dismissal, class actions and appeals
  • Pensions and Benefits
  • Occupational Health and Safety, including WSIB and LTD claims

Students are involved in files at all stages, including initial advice, interviews and meetings with clients, legal research, determining litigation strategy, drafting, and attendance at hearings and in court.

At Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP, we pride ourselves on our casual, friendly and collegial atmosphere, with extensive interaction between all lawyers and students.  We have a demonstrated belief in the dignity of all forms of labour across all sectors and we strive to have our workplace reflect that belief.

Applicants should be committed to advocacy on behalf of unions and employees, and have a demonstrated interest in labour, employment, and administrative law.  They should also have the ability  to work on novel legal problems, be self-motivated and have good legal research, writing, and analytical skills.

Applications should be sent to the attention of Gary Hopkinson, and include undergraduate and law school transcripts, curriculum vitae, and a covering letter explaining the reasons for your interest in our firm. Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP follows the guidelines for applications, interviews, and job offers set by the Law Society of Upper Canada.  More information about the Law Society’s guidelines may be found on their website. Timelines for applications, interviews and offers are as follows:

Deadline for Applications: July 7, 2017 (not later than 5:00 p.m.)
Scheduling of interviews: July 21, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Interviews of articling candidates: August 14, 2017
Offers for successful candidates: August 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

 

Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP is an equal opportunity employer. Respect for the dignity of every individual in the workplace is fundamental to our firm and to our practice. We take care to respect our obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code for all employment activities, including the articling recruitment process.

For further information about our articling programme, please contact:

Gary Hopkinson: ghopkinson@upfhlaw.ca or 416-969-3516
Kristen Allen: kallen@upfhlaw.ca or 416-969-3502

Please note that we do not typically hire summer students; however, we will consider and retain any applications received in the event that our needs change.

Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP 555 RICHMOND ST. W., SUITE 1200, TORONTO, ON M5V 3B1
TEL 416.968.3333 FAX 416.968.0325