Overview

Our student programs are flexible and allow you to gain exposure to a wide range of practice areas while exploring your own interests. We encourage students to reach out to lawyers in practice areas they would like to learn more about or with whom they are interested in working. You will receive interesting and practical hands-on experience in our diverse practice areas:

Litigation & Advocacy: You will be exposed to commercial litigation, insurance litigation, administrative law, insolvency, environmental law, family, wills & estates, immigration and aboriginal law.

Real Estate & Business Law:  You will be exposed to a mix of corporate and commercial law, taxation, real estate and employment & labour law.

We believe that our students should be involved in all facets of our practice. Our students are continuously challenged and will become involved in matters of increasing complexity and responsibility as their abilities develop.  Examples of assignments given to students include:

  • Handle your own small claims court files with supervision
  • Draft correspondence, pleadings, motion records, facta and research memos
  • Attend discoveries, mediations, pre-trials and hearings before courts and tribunals with our experienced lawyers
  • Assist with both corporate and real estate closings
  • Draft corporate contracts as well as director and shareholder resolutions

We treat summer and articling students similarly in terms of assignments and level of responsibility, except for the restrictions on rights of appearance before courts imposed by the Law Society.

Summer Student Program:  We try to match you with a lawyer in your chosen practice area in either our corporate/real estate or litigation practice areas as we feel the summer is too short for a formal rotation system. That said, we are flexible and allow you to seek out work in any and all areas of interest during your summer experience.

Articling Student Program:  We maintain a flexible individually-tailored rotation system in our two primary practice areas: litigation and business law.

Blaney McMurtry LLP is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.  Please contact our Human Resources department at 416-593-7221 to discuss any accommodation needs.

 Professional Development

We provide a comprehensive orientation during your first week with us as well as ongoing seminars which focus on both skills development and keeping abreast of legal developments across our practice areas. Examples of our seminar topics during your orientation and beyond include:

  • Small Claims Court Procedure & Advocacy
  • Expert Evidence for Litigators
  • Preparing For Your First Civil Trial
  • Basic Corporate Law
  • Strategic Legal Writing
  • Drafting and Uses of Boilerplate Clauses
 Mentoring

Blaneys is committed to your development as a professional. All students are teamed with a formal mentor. These are typically associates who still recall what it was like when they were in your shoes. Our mentoring program allows you to establish an ongoing relationship with a more experienced member of our firm. We also encourage you to build relationships and develop informal mentorships during your summer and articling experiences.

 Why Blaneys?

Why Choose Blaneys?

  • You will receive substantive hands-on assignments from day one
  • You can explore areas of interest from amongst our diverse practice areas
  • You will work in your own office with the same tools and support that are available to our associates
  • We offer a competitive salary and other benefits
  • We have an informal, collegial work culture; our lawyers are generally approachable and have open door policies

What Kind of Student Thrives at Blaneys?

  • You are committed to providing exceptional client service
  • You have an enthusiastic “can-do” attitude and are open to taking on new challenges to deepen your learning
  • You take ownership over your work – you treat assignments as if they were your own in terms of your responsiveness, attention to detail, follow-up and initiative in exploring creative ways to resolve our clients’ legal issues
  • You have an entrepreneurial spirit and understand that law is both a profession and a business
  Our Students

Connor Allison

416-593-1221 ext. 4365

Connor is a law student at the Western University Faculty of Law. He holds a B.Sc. Honours Specialization in Kinesiology and an M.A. in Management and Leadership from Western University.

At law school, Connor is a Program Manager for the Sport Solution Clinic where he advocates on behalf of Canadian athletes in dispute resolution and appeal procedures. He is also an active member of the faculty, currently presiding as his class representative on the Student Legal Society, the President of the Entertainment & Sports Law Association, and Chair of both the Sports Committee and Law Games Committee.

Connor is an avid golfer and enjoys cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Andrew Coates

416-593-1221 ext. 4366

Andrew is a law student at Osgoode Hall Law School. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from York University in Professional Writing. Between his undergraduate degree and returning to law school, Andrew co-founded and ran a family business in the seniors healthcare industry – during which time he became convinced that (premature) gray hair is indeed contagious.

During his two years at Osgoode, Andrew developed an interest in advocacy through participation in moots and as a student in the Test Case Litigation Program, where he assisted the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network in important public interest work. In second year, Andrew served as a Dean’s Fellow for a first-year Contracts class.

Andrew enjoys exploring the hidden running trails around Toronto, cooking meals in his own kitchen or enjoying the city’s great restaurants with family and friends. Andrew is also proud of his volunteer work with a 40-year-old charity baseball tournament in North Etobicoke that recently surpassed the $100K donation mark to Sick Kids hospital.

Taylor Horan

416-593-1221 ext. 4361

Taylor is a law student at Western University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Western University in Political Science.

At law school, Taylor was a chair on the Merchandising Committee and volunteered with London Lawyers Feed the Hungry. She is currently a chair on the Student Careers Committee where she acts as a liaison between Western Law’s Career & Professional Development Office and the student body.

Taylor enjoys trivia and is always seeking new adventures. She recently climbed all 1,776 steps of the CN Tower in support of WWF’s Climb for Nature.

Antoine Killin

416-593-1221 ext. 4362

Antoine is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree with high distinction from the University of Toronto.

At law school, Antoine was the recipient of the N.A Taylor Award for academic excellence and contributions to the well-being of his community. He was a Senior Case Worker with the Osgoode Business Clinic, the Vice President of the Real Estate Law Association, and participated in the Lerners Cup moot. Recently, he was both a Dean’s Fellow for a first-year Property Law class and a Research Assistant, providing in-depth research for the new edition of a textbook. He has demonstrated his passion for business and law by completing a certificate in Financial Accounting from the Harvard Business School.

Antoine loves all things sports and fitness, and has a passion for music and the arts.

Brianne Quesnel

416-593-1221 ext. 4363

Brianne is currently a law student at Western University. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) from Western University.

Brianne has participated in numerous moot competitions at Western. During her first year, she won first place Respondent in the Chaiton’s Corporate Restructuring Moot Competition. Brianne is a member of the Oral Advocacy Committee and organized the largest first-year advocacy competition at Western University. Additionally, she volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada.

Brianne enjoys the outdoors, yoga, and is a lover of wine and cheese. 

Shawn Quigg
416-593-1221 ext. 4364

Shawn Quigg is a JD/MBA candidate at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law and Odette School of Business. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with distinction from the University of Western Ontario with a major in criminology. Prior to law school, Shawn was a Hearings Officer with the Canada Border Services Agency where he represented the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

Shawn is the president of both the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and the JD/MBA Society at the University of Windsor. He was a member of Windsor’s winning team at the 2018 Canada-United States Law Institute’s annual business law case competition held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.

Shawn curls competitively and plays recreational hockey. 

Natasha Rambaran
416-593-1221 ext. 4367

Natasha is a law student at the Queen’s University Faculty of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with distinction from Simon Fraser University.

Natasha volunteered as a first-year case worker at the Queen’s Legal Aid Clinic. She later became a group leader and was responsible for training incoming volunteer and course-credit students. Natasha was awarded the McDougall-Watson Memorial Award and the Dan Soberman Award for her contributions to the clinic. She also competed in the Hicks Morley Moot and served as President of the Queen’s Law In Vino Veritas.

Natasha enjoys playing piano, practicing yoga, and cooking.

 Summer Student Recruitment

Please note that Blaney McMurtry LLP will not be participating in this year’s OCI and Interview Week recruitment process. However, we are still planning to hire up to 7 summer students after the OCI recruitment process is completed.

Details of our recruitment process will be posted on our website in the fall.

 Articling Student Recruitment

Blaney McMurtry LLP will not be participating in the 2019-2020 articling student recruitment process.

Key Contact
ALTERNATE CONTACT
Janice McLaren
Co-ordinator - Professional Development
EMAIL | 416-593-7221 ext.2222
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