For Canada’s large law firms, quickly coordinating the work-from-home arrangements of hundreds of legal professionals and support staff across the country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic was easy compared to the task law firm leaders have had to tackle since: figuring out how to preserve cash flow, implement long-term cost cutting measures and decide when and how to transition back to the office.

Still, hiring did not come to a standstill as a result of the pandemic. Louise Woollcombe, a legal recruiter with The Heller Group in Toronto, noted that associates she placed pre-COVID-19 still started at their respective firms, even as their new employers implemented work-from home measures.

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