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 Vancouver office. The culture is energetic, friendly and open. Our approach to work is collaborative and team-centred.

We are committed to the highest levels of professionalism, but we pride ourselves on being down to earth. As a student at Stikeman Elliott, you’ll develop personal connections with lawyers who will welcome you into the fabric of the firm.

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.

Our teams are non-hierarchical and our lawyers are accustomed to working in cross-practice teams to handle the large mandates that often come into the office. This culture of teamwork extends beyond practice groups or the office – Vancouver lawyers and students regularly collaborate with colleagues from across the firm.

Our small office size is one of our greatest strengths

Stikeman Elliott’s Vancouver office offers the best of both worlds: all the opportunities and resources of a large practice, with the closeness and comradery of a boutique firm. Students regularly tell us that our smaller size is a clear benefit, offering you personal exposure to matters and partners that other students can only dream of.

This open and transparent approach extends to our student recruitment process. You will meet a significant portion of our lawyers over the course of the interview period, which will allow you to get a really good feel for our people and culture before you decide which firm is right for you. And if you join Stikeman Elliott, you’ll find that our smaller office and close-knit teams mean more personal attention for you.

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 concrete steps to support diversity in all of its forms.

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 Vancouver, we have implemented programs that support women in their pursuit of career goals while maintaining commitments to family and community. We also offer a full range of progressive parental leave and return-to-work policies for women who are parents.

Leveraging technology to create flexibility

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.

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.