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Articling Program

We've been asked these questions by other students in the same position as you:

1. What types of training and professional development opportunities does the firm offer?
2. What practical experience will I gain during my articling year?
3. What important cases has your firm appeared in?
4. Will I receive a mentor?
5. How many students does Harper Grey hire each year?
6. What have been the hire back rates over the last few years?
7. How many students from the summer program will receive offers to article?
8. Do you have an "alternative work" or part-time policy?
9. What is the firm's pro-bono policy?
10. What are some of the social activities organized?
11. How is the firm involved in the legal community, and the community at large?

1. What types of training and professional development opportunities does the firm offer?
As well as the Articling Program, the firm offers seminars designed for articling students on a range of topics. A few of these include Library and Research, Direct and Cross Exam, Preparing for Trial, Mediation, Chambers, Due Diligence Searches, Real Estate, and Marketing for Lawyers. We also pay tuition for the Professional Legal Training Course and cover CLE fees.
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What practical experience will I gain during my articling year?
You will be exposed to a wide range of experiences - with the goal of building a comprehensive skill set in the real world of law. This can include:

  • Developing the foundation for legal arguments to be used in all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Assist in interviewing and preparing clients for litigation.
  • Assist with drafting Pleadings and Affidavits.
  • Attending discoveries at every level of Court.
  • Responsibility for your own Small Claims files.
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What important cases has your firm appeared in?
Harper Grey lawyers frequently handle cases at both the Supreme Court and the BC Court of Appeal. With some of Canada's leading litigation lawyers, we are frequently involved in high-profile cases (Adobe Acrobat PDF: 37 KBytes). Recent cases you may have read in the news include:

  • Representing autistic children and their families against the Provincial Government in order to obtain funding for the medical treatment for their children. The Trial Judge found that the Government had breached the rights of the children and their families pursuant to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and a Court of Appeal upheld this finding and extended a monetary remedy to the families pursuant to Section 24 of the Charter. Such a remedy has not previously been provided by the Courts.
  • Representing forest company in litigation regarding alleged losses resulting from a large forest fire. For the first time in Canada, the Ministry of Forests was found contributory negligent for the manner in which it fought a forest fire. Leave to appeal to the SCC granted.
  • We recently represented the successful Respondent in the leading case in British Columbia considering the allocation of fault in a contractual setting: Crown West Steel Fabricators v. Capri Insurance Services Ltd., 2002.
  • Representing our client in a case heard before the Supreme Court of Canada in 2001. Judgment allowing our appeal to restore the trial verdict was made unanimously by the Supreme Court of Canada. The issue before the Court was whether social welfare benefits in the future should be taken into account in the assessment of damages for the parents of a handicapped child.
  • As counsel for the City of Vancouver, we negotiated a successful resolution of the Wall Centre glass curtain dispute.
  • We acted for the defendant Great West Marine Development Corp. in the precedent setting Environmental Law case of Swamy v. Tham Demolition. The case defined the scope and process for claims made pursuant to the Waste Management Act.
  • We acted for all British Columbia physicians added as third parties to the B.C. class action brought against the federal and provincial governments by patients who contracted Hepatitis C as a result of the transfusion of blood or blood products, one of Canada's largest class actions to date.
  • We acted for the Vancouver Giants Hockey Club in negotiating its agreement to use the Pacific Coliseum for its WHL hockey games commencing in September 2001.
  • We acted for Hollinger Inc. and Southam Inc. in numerous acquisitions, financings and sales of newspaper properties over the past six years, including the Financial Post and $3.2 billion sale of Canadian newspaper properties to Canwest Global.
  • We are counsel for the Liquidator of the Christian Brothers of Ireland in Canada, a case currently before the Supreme Court of Canada. At issue is whether the Vancouver College should be sold in order to pay compensation to people who suffered abuse from Christian Brothers at the Mount Cashel Orphanage.
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4. Will I receive a mentor?
Each articling student has a principal - a lawyer from whom you can seek guidance and ask questions. This lawyer plays an informal mentoring role, but you are welcome to form mentoring bonds with other lawyers, as mentoring is frequently developed through connections over time. In the Associate Program, all associates also have a mentor, or principal, to turn to.
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5. How many students does Harper Grey hire each year?
Traditionally, we hire four to eight students for full articles, as well as two summer students. This allows each student to have the right workload for their position, and for us to provide them with a high quality experience.
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6. What have been the hire back rates over the last few years?
For the past few years, we've hired back approximately half of our articling students. However, this rate can increase, depending upon our needs, and the long-term fit between you and us. We like to ensure good matches on both sides, for the benefit of your career and our firm. This choosiness may mean we sometimes don't hire back all of our students, but when we do, we're extremely committed to their career.
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7. How many students from the summer program will receive offers to article?
Typically, every summer student receives an offer to article. In 2004, all of the summer students returned to article with us.
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8. Do you have an "alternative work" or part-time policy?
Our lawyers value the flexibility at our firm - being open to alternative working arrangements provides considerable appeal for many people. These arrangements tend to be something that senior lawyers grow into, earned through their commitment to the firm.
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9. What is the firm's pro-bono policy?
We're proud of our role in contributing back to the community through pro-bono work for deserving individuals and groups. True to the independent nature of our firm, individual lawyers choose which cases they would like to be involved in, with the consent of the firm's Managing Partner.
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10. What are some of the social activities organized?
The firm has an informal sports team and also participates in the annual BC Law Firm Ski Championships. Our social activities range from Christmas parties to summer barbecues.
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How is the firm involved in the legal community, and the community at large?
Harper Grey is extensively involved in the community and charitable organizations, both at a corporate level and through the individual activities of members of our firm.

A few of the many organisations we support include: BC Children's Hospital, Doctors Without Borders, BC and Yukon Heart and Stroke Foundation, Law Students Association of BC, Scouts Canada, and the Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise.

We also contribute to the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, through funding awards, scholarships, and other programs. Many of our lawyers donate teaching time at these and other institutions, and regularly assist as supervisors to the Law Students Legal Advice Program. In addition, we contribute volunteers and lecturers to the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC.

 
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