The appointment is subject clearance and is for a period of 5 years from 1 January 2015.
Mr Lewis is a very experienced city solicitor, having spent 19 years as a partner at Clifford Chance and the last 10 years as a consultant at Clyde & Co managing a broad range of business, though his specialism is in insurance. He has been a member of the Committee of the British Insurance Law Association since 1995 to date and was chairman from 2010 to 2012.
The Law Commission is the statutory independent body created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law under review and to recommend reform where it is needed. The aim of the Commission is to ensure that the law is fair, modern, simple and as cost-effective as possible.
The appointments process has been conducted in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice on Ministerial public appointments to public bodies.
The appointments were made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any is declared) to be made public. Mr Lewis has declared that he has not been involved in any political activity.