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  1. Oh sorry. No they don’t normally pay anywhere near what private practice would or what large companies with in house departments would (I.e Kraft, Canada goose, etc). they usually have a base salary with a bonus and also pension. The pension would be a defined contribution pension, with an employer match component to it.
  2. I would assume they are around the same as other insurers. I’m assuming you are joking about the second part of this comment lol
  3. If it’s any help, I’ve heard that Aviva is roughly: year 1-4 (95-110k) 5-7 (115-125k 8-12 (125-150k) 12+ (assuming trial experience) 150+ bonuses from 1-7 are 20-30%. Above that 20-40%. I’m not sure if this is accurate though. This was just a general conversation with a friend who is deciding to make a switch to Aviva, who heard this from others.
  4. I know this post is a little dated but I have a question...I’m in house and have realized that taking a mat leave has resulted in me now being paid the same as those a year of call below me, which is bothering me. Is this to be expected? If I take another leave, will I be even more below my year oF call in terms of salary?
  5. As someone relatively new into the profession, this article is scary to read. Is it really this horrible compared to other career choices? http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/an-inside-look-at-the-depressed-substance-abusing-world-of-law
  6. Ok, I just looked at the footnote, and it says the following: "This paper was presented by Mr. Named Partner, and was prepared collaboratively with Mr. Other Senior Partner and Biglawbound of XYZ Law Firm" Does this mean that I could list is under publications as a contributing author? Thanks for all the help.
  7. With respect to publications, what about those publications where you are the one who wrote them, but the senior partner put his name on it and simply added you in a footnote as a contributor? Now it is published in a textbook....could I still write that as my publication, or am I out of luck on that one?
  8. Thank you for the replies. Cynic, although my username indicates I am at a large firm, I have since left and am currently at a small-midsized firm in the city.
  9. I have a question for lawyers regarding their paid vacation entitlement. If you are contractually entitled to 4 weeks paid vacation, and your firm does not add your vacation pay to each pay check, what happens if you don't take all 4 weeks. If you take, say, 2 weeks off, do you get paid out for the additional two weeks you didn't take? When does this happen? Or, am I just crazy to think that a law firm will pay you out for vacation not taken. Thanks!
  10. One of my good friends from law school is currently working at a "lifestyle firm" in Toronto, practicing insurance defence litigation. Hours are typically 9-5, and I was told that by 5:30 most days the entire floor is cleared out. Even when applying, my friend was told by an associate that many do not work weekends and that there has yet been a day where this particular associate went home and worried about work. It is definitely possible to find firms like this, and the best way is by asking associates who are currently there. I have another friend who I admire for having the confidence to call up associates at various firms who went to the same law school, and he will simply say "Hi, I'm **** . I went to your law school a few years behind you, and I was wondering if you had a couple of minutes to speak with me about your experiences at your firm". He tells me that people are surprisingly candid and open. They have "warned" him of firms to avoid if he wants to have work-life balance, and firms to consider based on their culture. So, to the OP, use your network and you will be able to ascertain which firms would best suit your needs/goals/interests.
  11. Much of the responses circle around practicing in "big law" for a few years and then transitioning into in-house. My question is, what about those who are in a specialized group within a bay street firm --i.e. not general litigation, or general corporate/capital markets? Is it more difficult to move in house from a specialized area of law (for example, trade and commerce, or insolvency?) Thanks!
  12. I have a question regarding available types of in house positions for those who are beginning a career in international trade law (bay street), and would want to leave after 3-5 years. Are the available positions in a related field (in house) more limited than those in other areas of law? What are the types of in house roles available? I basically want to know if an individual going into international trade is hurting their chance at having work-life balance later on in life through moving in house (or as litigation lawyers may do, go to a less-onerous smaller firm outside of the city) What are the career options? Thanks
  13. I only didn't count them as I think firms helped out during this whole heenan situation with a view to simply assisting them with finishing their articles--I have yet to year of any of them getting a position at their new firm. They came in quite late in the game. I'm sure hireback watch will have a notation to this point.
  14. I hear Mccarthys was 15/20 (not including the 2 heenan students) Also Torkin found out today: 3/6
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