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Join WHRL – ARTICLING STUDENT POSITION

Do you share our vision?

We understand that for many employers, dealing with often costly employment law challenges involves hiring a lawyer to help them react to circumstances, rather than using sound advice and planning to manage issues before they escalate. Our approach is different.

We think proactively, helping our clients highlight–and mitigate–the many HR law risks facing their organizations. It’s an approach that helps reduce legal and related costs, maintain productivity and ensure strong employee engagement. It’s also an exciting way to practice HR law.

That’s important because our aim is to foster a workplace of engaged, passionate and attentive legal professionals and support staff dedicated to our clients’ ongoing success.  We’ve designed a collaborative approach to work built on communication and understanding, one that leverages our team’s combined decades of experience and expertise to deliver optimal results every time.

Our team delivers customized labour and employment law services to a diverse group of employers across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.  We provide counsel to employers operating in virtually all sectors including retail, food services, manufacturing, automotive, insurance, education, municipal, financial services, professional services, construction, not-for-profit, transportation and healthcare.

Our lawyers are personable, approachable and firmly committed to maintaining an enjoyable work environment that fosters individuality, innovation and excellence.

4 characteristics that make our team unique

Professional intelligence, innovation and creativity

Our team is comprised of exceptional people. They demonstrate strong analytical ability and harbour the creativity to be able to apply effective solutions to complex legal issues. We look to unleash the potential of any legal professional ready to showcase their ability in an environment that encourages initiative and ideas.

Strong interpersonal skills and a team-first mentality

Our staff are dedicated team players who take pride in being part of our continued success. They are personable and can contribute to the positive energy of our firm, not to mention the contagious enthusiasm and spirit that has become a hallmark of our workplace.

Attention to detail and strong communication skills

Whether drafting legal documents, communicating with clients and colleagues, or developing content for company presentations and newsletters, our team is committed to communicating with clients clearly and consistently.

Passion and enthusiasm for labour and employment law

Our team members are not only passionate about labour and employment law, but also our firm’s uniquely proactive approach and diverse areas of practice. Providing client service excellence isn’t merely our goal, it’s the way we do business.

For Articling Students

Articling Students at WHRL will be exposed to interesting work in a wide variety of labour and employment law matters. Our students are fully integrated members of the legal team, and are involved in all stages of client matters. Students can expect to be involved in the following:

  • Researching and drafting legal memoranda
  • Providing support at hearings (HRTO, OLRB, WSIB, WSIAT, civil court, OCJ, labour arbitration)
  • Assisting in workplace investigations
  • Participating in client calls and meetings
  • Drafting employment agreements
  • Drafting employment policies
  • Drafting termination letters and legal correspondence
  • Researching and drafting blogs and newsletter articles
  • Assisting in the preparation of presentations and seminars
  • Attendance at business development initiatives

Our integrated approach allows students to participate in complex legal work with the support and mentorship of seasoned practitioners. This allows students to gain a practical understanding of the lifecycle of various matters, and how their contributions fit into the larger context of an employment relationship.

What We Offer

Responsibility and inclusiveness

Every member of the Williams HR Law team is a hands-on contributor to our success, and students are no exception. Students have the opportunity to become fully engaged in files, interact with our clients, and participate in aspects of firm operation.

Engaging labour and employment law work

As a student at Williams HR Law, expect to be engaged in exciting and meaningful work across the employment law spectrum and for a diverse range of employer clients. We have long-standing relationships with many of our clients and you will quickly come to learn the value of the services we provide to them.

An enjoyable work environment

At Williams HR Law, we place great value on maintaining a collegial, supportive and respectful workplace environment. That’s why our lawyers and support staff are committed to maintaining an engaging culture that rewards team players with positive, can-do attitudes.

Professional development & feedback

Although more formal evaluations are conducted, feedback is constantly provided on an informal basis as part of our commitment to student development. Our lawyers’ doors are always open and students are encouraged to ask questions.

Apply Today

If you believe that WHRL is the place you would like to begin your legal career, you can submit an application by forwarding the following information to articling@williamshrlaw.com:  

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • Law School transcripts
  • A writing sample

We look forward to your application by July 15, 2017. Note that we will consider application on a rolling basis, and encourage you to submit your materials as soon as possible.

Williams HR Law Professional Corporation
11 Allstate Parkway, Suite 100
Markham, Ontario
L3R 9T8

Phone: 905-205-0496
Fax: 905-418-0147

Please contact Safina Lakhani at slakhani@williamshrlaw.com or 905-205-0496 x 222 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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