Chopped!: Cassels Brock Edition

Last week the summer students and the student committee got together for some delicious and fun-filled challenges at the Edible Story Toronto. The engaging event consisted of two challenges similar to the hit-TV show “Chopped”. In each challenge, the hosts would reveal  mystery ingredients and the two teams (mixed of committee members and students) would have 20 minutes to transform the ingredients into a meal. In both the appetizer and the dessert round, there were some impressive transformations.

Appetizer Round: fennel, king oyster mushrooms, brie, and chickpeas.


Top photo on left: A roasted chick pea stir fry with the fennel and mushrooms. The team then roasted the brie and topped it with some garnish and toasted bread to dip. (Chopped!)

Top photo on right: Handmade hummus spread over toast, melted brie on top, and a mushroom and fennel stir fry with roasted chickpeas to top it off. The dish was served with a side of pickled tomatoes.

Dessert Round: lady fingers, butterscotch chips, dulce de leche.


Top photo: deep-fried and pan-fried rhubarb with melted butterscotch chocolate chips, topped with a hand-made caramel sauce, whipped marshmellows, and dashes of cinnamon.

Middle photo: lady fingers topped with a hand-made vanilla and sugar cream, garnished with pomegranate; alternatively garnished with a caramel sauce and butterscotch. (Chopped!)

Overall, all the teams and the student committee judges had a blast participating in this summer event. We got to bond as a group and work as teams under the ticking clock. Plus, we got to eat all the food our team made alongside more delicious appetizers the host cooks at The Edible Story made for us on-site. Summerlicious!

Fashion Files: June 19th, 2017

Hey Fashion File Fans! We hope you enjoyed last week’s post. How does one look fashionable and professional while staying within a reasonable budget? This week, we introduce to you Any Obando and Paras Patel, who can teach you a little about looking stylish and saving!


Any Obando

Blazer-Club Monaco; Pants- Reitmans; Shirt- Wilfred; Shoes- Aldo

1) Who is your style inspiration?

Gina Torres (Jessica from Suits).

2) What is your “go-to” signature item that you need to wear to work?

I will always have a pair of comfortable business flats in my office—just in case!

3) What advice can you give to students about choosing the right outfit for interviews?

The colour is less important than the fit. Make sure that your suit fits you well and comfortably because you will be running in it all day. That being said, don’t go crazy on the colours…keep it simple and clean.

4) What is your favourite store to shop at for business clothing?

When I want to splurge: Club Monaco; Fun and on a budget: Reitmans.


Paras Patel

Suit-Custom; Dress Shirt-Calvin Klein; Tie-Perry Ellis; Belt– Joseph Aboud; Shoes– Left & Right; Socks-Cassels Brock Signature Socks

1) Who is your style inspiration?

Kojo Hayward.

2) What is your “go-to” signature item that you need to wear to work?

Flashy Socks.

3) What advice can you give to students about choosing the right outfit for interviews?

Don’t get too flashy! I’d focus on simple, professional, and comfortable.

4) What is your favourite store to shop at for business clothing?

Winners and Moores. All about the savings.





Presenting…The Fashion Files

Fashion Files 2017

Many of you may be wondering how to “dress the part.” Picking the right outfit for an interview or for work in a business environment can be a daunting task. With our weekly Fashion Files, our blog team hopes to provide you with a solid overview of what is trending in corporate fashion.

In this week’s Fashion Files, we introduce you to two of our summer students, Kelly Lee and Jesse Tepperman.

Kelly Lee

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Suit-Banana Republic; Shirt-Theory; Shoes– Nine West

1) Who is your style inspiration?

Tilda Swinton.

2) What is your “go-to” signature item that you need to wear to work?

Well-fitted pants.

3) What advice can you give to students about choosing the right outfit for interviews?

Wear what makes you feel the most confident. Being comfortable in what you wear is a big part of that. I grappled with whether to wear a skirt suit or paintsuit for interviews as I got conflicting advice. Ultimately, I decided to wear what I felt the best and most comfortable in. I wore pantsuits for all of my interviews and felt good about my decision!

4) What is your favourite store to shop at for business clothing?

Banana Republic and J.Crew suits fit me well but may not be for everyone. Both stores are also good places to get nice blouses and shells. If you have time to dig through racks at Winners, you may find a gem! For heels, Nine West and Cole Haan are the most comfortable for me. Loafers are always good to have in the office too.

Jesse Tepperman

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Suit-Strelson; Dress Shirt-Strelson; Tie– Strelson; Belt– Saks Fifth Avenue; Shoes– Johnston Murphy

1) Who is your style inspiration?

Ari Gold from Entourage.

2) What is your “go-to” signature item that you need to wear to work?

A nice tie. Tie fashion is stronger than ever and wearing a tie that resembles your personality can definitely make an outfit.

3) What advice can you give to students about choosing the right outfit for interviews?

I have always believed that less is more when it comes to dressing for an interview. Do not wear an over the top suit or dress shirt. Keep it simple by wearing a white or blue dress shirt, a modest tie, and a basic coloured suit.

4) What is your favourite store to shop at for business clothing?

Strelson. The suits fit me like a glove, there are lots of different styles to choose from, and the prices are reasonable.

Launching Humans of Cassels

Happy Friday everyone! This year, we’re excited to launch the Humans of Cassels series to introduce you to numerous people at the firm. We thank Mike Weizel, articling student and returning associate in the fall, for taking the time to speak with us for our first interview of this feature. We hope you enjoy hearing about his Cassels experience!

Stay tuned for more,

Your 2017 Bloggers

Mike Weizel, Articling Student and returning First Year Associate

Queen’s University

“My time as a summer and articling student at Cassels was positive for a variety of reasons. From the outset as a summer student, the lawyers and staff throughout the firm made me feel welcome and provided me with the support that I needed to get my bearings in the first few weeks. After spending a year at the firm in total, that level of support has not faded as I’ve seen how the firm is committed to helping its students grow and learn throughout the process. If there was one thing that I would want to pass on to incoming and potential students, it would be to keep trying. Keep trying new areas of law and forget any preconceived notions that you may have about a particular area of practice. With an open mind and a focus on learning as much as possible you will give yourself the best opportunity to find the practice area that you are truly passionate about – and when you do – it won’t feel like coming to work at all.”

Humans of Cassels

Cassels “Block and Spikewell”

Just because orientation week is over, doesn’t mean the student event fun has to end! Last week our summer class took part in the 17th Annual Bay Street Beach Volleyball tournament, a charity volleyball tournament between the current summer students at Bay Street law firms. This year, the proceeds are going to Moorelands Community Services (you can check them out at:

Our team “Cassels Block and Spikewell” was excited to spend a day in the sun with our colleagues to have some fun spirited volleyball competition! After we arrived at Ashbridge’s bay, we suited up in our team shirts and excitedly found our way to our first match.


The weather was great, not too hot, but still with a shining sun overhead. Although we won our first coin toss, we lost our first game – but hey, we chucked it up as a “warm up” session. Over the course of the next games, we found our groove and our team work got us our first win. A couple of sand dives, spikes, and deadly serves later, we had a winning streak for the last three games.  Sadly, we did not make it to the semi-finals, but we did get free pizza (!).

Afterwards, all the summer students went to Mill St. Brewery at the Distillery District to celebrate together. It was really great to get an opportunity to meet and mingle with the summer students at other neighbouring firms. So far, this has been my favourite student activity as we got to really bond as a team (both at volleyball and over delicious appetizers). Overall, it was a day full of sunshine, volleyball fun, and delicious food – and all for a good cause!