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Legal Services is made up of more than 120 practicing lawyers, more than 15 law clerks, 11 conveyancing staff, and more than 50 prosecutions staff.

As the City's in-house law firm, Legal Services provides expertise in the following areas: Municipal Law, Litigation, Real Estate Law, Employment & Labour, Planning and Administrative Tribunal Law, Transit Expansion, and Prosecution. It provides legal advice to City Divisions, Agencies, Boards, and Commissions to safeguard the legal interests of the City.

Anna Kinastowski

Message from the City Solicitor

I encourage you to apply to the City of Toronto for your articling program. The City of Toronto is the sixth largest government in the country. This is an exciting time for the City with the enactment of the City of Toronto Act, 2006 that provides the City with a new legislative framework. The Act gives the City broad powers recognizing the City's importance. The information in this guide provides you with a summary of the legal work performed by the different practice groups in the City of Toronto Legal Division.

We have over 125 lawyers in the Legal Services Division, who provide a broad range of legal services to the City's divisions, agencies, boards and commissions. The work is challenging, interesting and often novel.

On the advocacy side, City lawyers are often involved in precedent setting cases before the Courts and Tribunals. Similarly, on the solicitor side, City lawyers are involved with new and complex transactions or legislation involving the City. The articling experience offered at the City provides you with an opportunity to work with leading municipal lawyers on important issues affecting the City.

I hope you consider the City of Toronto for your articling experience.

Anna Kinastowski