An apprentice's perspective: Lewis McAuley-Jones

Dive In 2018 - The festival for diversity and inclusion in insurance.

As proud global partners of this year’s Dive In Festival, and in support of the annual theme of #time4inclusion, we canvassed the views of some of our legal apprentices on life at Kennedys, their careers, and what diversity and inclusion means to them.

Our award-winning UK apprenticeship programme, launched in 2012, sees Kennedys actively recruit from schools and colleges and welcome people to the firm from the age of 18, is something that, according to Partner and Board member Suzanne Liversidge, “allows us to reach people from a much wider range of backgrounds who more accurately represent the diversity of those we serve”.

In the latest instalment of our Legal Apprentice interviews, we spoke to Lewis McAuley-Jones, a Litigation Executive based in our London office.

“I take pride in knowing that the work which I produce contributes towards legal outcomes which shape global landscapes within the Life Sciences sector within which I work,” says Lewis, commenting on what he values about the work that he involved in.

Lewis, who joined one of the first Kennedys cohorts back in September 2013, works within the firm’s Insurance Division in a team that advises insurers and non-insurers on a range of complex issues in two key areas: product liability and property. Earlier this year, the team secured a major ruling in the High Court for manufacturers and insurers in a landmark group litigation. Working in such close proximity to some of the lawyers that worked on this case is something that Lewis feels has helped him progress as well as he has over the past five years.

Lewis says: “The apprenticeship acted as a golden doorway into my career at Kennedys, allowing me to place my foot in the door to begin my legal career at a top law firm. I am fortunate to receive supervision from some of the best legal minds in the country and have the opportunity to learn from their knowledge and experience. I have been fortunate enough to have been provided with opportunities to manage my own files and assist on global multi-jurisdictional cases which have recognised global importance.”

The apprenticeship acted as a golden doorway into my career at Kennedys, allowing me to place my foot in the door to begin my legal career at a top law firm

Lewis McAuley-Jones, Litigation Executive

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During the last two years, the firm has been awarded the ‘Top Employer - Law’ award at the AllAboutSchoolLeavers Awards in both 2017 and 2018. The success of the Legal Apprenticeship at Kennedys, according to Lewis, is how varied and enjoyable it can be.

Reflecting on his favourite moments, Lewis says: “Some of the highlights in my career since joining Kennedys as an Apprentice include visiting 10 Downing Street, representing Kennedys as part of National Apprenticeship Week, and working from Kennedys’ New Zealand office where I made connections with Kennedys staff on the other side of the globe – one of whom returned to work in the London office within my team.”

As this year’s Dive In Festival and National Inclusion Week draw to a close, Lewis shared his thoughts on what diversity and inclusion mean to him.

“From my perspective, diversity and inclusion is about recognising that everyone is unique and showing an appreciation for the cultures, beliefs, values and opinions of others. This allows for successful collaboration and cooperation - both in business and in our personal lives.”

This year marks the start of a two-year campaign, Awareness into Action. After three years of raising awareness of the business case for diversity and inclusion, the global movement now looks to harness the energy of previous years to encourage action throughout the sector.

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