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"Articling at RBS gave me the opportunity to be submersed in many fascinating and engaging matters without drowning in the experience. I worked hard and gained enormous exposure to the areas of law that were of interest to me, but I also maintained a life outside of the firm."

Chris Lennon, Associate (2008)

"From the first day of my articles with RBS, lawyers asked me to do meaningful work on their files. I drafted notices of civil claim, court applications, and settlement proposals. I appeared in chambers, acted as a junior on a trial in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and had regular contact with clients. This level of responsibility was empowering and enabled me to learn about many aspects of lawyering. Along with the practical nature of the work, the people at RBS also stood out. The lawyers, management, and staff all cared about my development and well-being."

Yianni Pappas-Acreman, Associate (2015)

"RBS has been everything I thought it would be…and more. Everyone at the firm has been extremely welcoming and very easy to work with. As an articled student, I have been encouraged to seek out work that interests me and as a result, I’ve been able to gain experience in a wide variety of practice areas. From being given the opportunity to manage my own files to providing support to lawyers in more complicated files, RBS has managed to find the perfect balance between supporting me and allowing me the independence I need to learn the necessary skills that will prepare me to be an associate. "I've never regretted my choice. It's been a great place to practice for the last 40 years and more. To show you how things change but not really, I came to the firm because I played hockey with the two students who immediately preceded me. Networking has always been and still is the key."

Michael Sawyer, Retired Partner (1972)

"I always knew I wanted to be a litigator so when Sutton Braidwood came looking for me at UBC law school, and offered me the chance to pursue that goal, I took a chance on the firm. I can't believe that was 1984 but in hindsight, it was the best career decision I could have made. I've never second guessed that decision, never thought the grass was greener someplace else, and never had any regrets. I like the big firm files without the big firm attitude. I like knowing the first names of the people I work with. I like working with people who share common goals, values and aspirations. I like coming to work with people who keep their priorities straight ("work to live" rather than "live to work") and treat each other as equals. I like the fact that important decisions are made here on the basis of a consensus, rather than a head count. Most of all, I like the fact that RBS has stayed true to its core values while building a firm that I'm proud to say is the only place I want to work."

Scott MacDonald, Partner (1985)

"I articled with Buell Ellis (one of the firms to the RBS merger) starting in 1975. I still have great memories of my articling year, even though it was over 35 years ago. RBS has been a terrific place to work and has provided me with a wonderful environment for the practice of law - great colleagues, wonderful staff, and interesting work."

Ray Pollard, Director of Associate Development (1976)

"I have been a 'lifer' at RBS, starting as a summer student between my second and third year at Law School, followed by articles at RBS, five years as an associate, and then the rest as a partner. I can truly say that from my first days at RBS I have felt that this is the 'right' place and throughout my time here have never had the inclination to go anywhere else."

Georg Reuter, Partner (1990)

"My articles at RBS were great because the lawyers are the nicest, warmest, most respectful and down to earth lawyers you can find in the city. After spending some time away from the firm practising at a national firm and as in-house counsel, I slowly came to the realization that the grass was not greener on the other side, and was pleased to have the opportunity to return to RBS in 2005. It's a great place to be!"

Sze-Mei Yeung, Partner (1999)

"When I look back on my articling year at RBS, the outstanding features of my experience are the collegial work environment and the exposure to quality work in a wide variety of practice areas. Those two features, the people and the quality of work, remain the reasons that I am a partner at the firm today."

Angela Spanjers, Partner (2007)