Firm Culture

Be a part of the team

It’s a big firm but you won’t be lost in the crowd

Students often comment on the welcoming and positive feeling they sense in our Toronto office. The culture is friendly and open. Our approach to work is collaborative and team-centred. We don’t believe in a strict hierarchy or unnecessary bureaucracy.

Thanks to our collegial atmosphere, you’ll notice that the office feels smaller and more personal than you might expect. As a student at Stikeman Elliott, you’ll develop personal connections with lawyers who will welcome you into the fabric of the firm.

Work with great people

Clients often comment on our lawyers’ enthusiastic and energetic approach. We are committed to the highest levels of professionalism, but we are still down to earth. We like to say that we take our work seriously, but we don't take ourselves too seriously.

Get the real flavour of our collaborative work environment

A true sense of collegiality and comradery among colleagues is a tangible part of our culture. Our lawyers are genuinely happy to work together to achieve the best results. This culture of teamwork extends beyond practice groups or the office – Toronto lawyers and students regularly collaborate with colleagues from across the firm.

Feel free to be yourself – diversity is real here

Diversity and inclusion are very important to us and we show great respect for our people as individuals. We engage and encourage individual talents and interests throughout the firm, and we have taken many tangible measures to support diversity in all its forms.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee has identified a number of priorities and focus areas, including ongoing recruitment outreach, unconscious bias training, and enhanced accountability and training at the leadership level. We are immensely proud of our multi-year recognition as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and our goal is to constantly refine and improve our efforts.

Committed to women’s success

Stikeman Elliott is committed to fostering the continued engagement of women at all levels of the firm. Female colleagues play an integral role and are respected for their leadership and management skills within both the firm and the profession.

In Toronto, we boast numerous longstanding programs that support women in their pursuit of career goals. These programs include tailored business development skills training, mentorship, and leadership coaching. We have also implemented a full range of progressive maternity leave and return-to-work policies for women who are parents.

We are a proud recipient of the Profiles in Diversity Journal's Award of Excellence. The firm was recognized for its innovative action plan that is focused on the advancement of women lawyers in the areas of retention, advancement to partnership, business development and leadership.

Leveraging technology to create flexibility in our professional lives

Everyone’s time is precious. We use the most up-to-date technology to help ensure that your time is well spent. Investments in software and other tools support more efficient research, collaboration and information delivery – allowing us to provide the best advice and service to clients.

We provide smart phones to all articling and summer students during their work terms so that they can stay connected without being physically restricted to the office. As an articling student, you are eligible for a $1,000 technology grant to purchase the tools that will be of the greatest use to you in your practice.

Knowledge Management is a key element of our vision

Stikeman Elliott has made significant strategic investments in a dedicated Knowledge Management (KM) team as well as KM systems. This group consolidates and disseminates the insights of individual lawyers and deal teams, and captures and develops leading-edge intellectual capital, making it accessible firm-wide. STELLA KM is our leading enterprise search platform. Stikeman Elliott lawyers and students use it to gain powerful access to our rich KM collection (precedents, legal research and CLE), closing books, internal experts and body of expertise by context as well as organized by practice group, legal topic and industry. This bilingual tool is so evolutionary, it was shortlisted for the 2016 Innovative Project of the Year by ILTA. These state of the art systems support efficient research, collaboration and information delivery while KM lawyers and our professional library team help lawyers and students make the most of the firm’s resources.