This week in our MHC Life Series, we hear from Jon Stevenson, an Associate in our Products Regulatory team. Jon chats about his career journey, his favourite thing about his role and a typical day for him.
Tell us a bit about you and your career journey to MHC – what inspired you to get into this career?
I’m a Dublin native and grew up by the sea in Clontarf. I spent several years working in project management in the media industry, where I developed an appreciation of deadlines and an understanding of the importance of teamwork. I also learned how to connect meaningfully with clients. At that stage, I was curious to see how I could develop further as a professional and decided law was the next step for me.
I initially gravitated towards litigation and qualified as a barrister and spent a few years practising in defendant medical negligence. It was during this time that I gained an appreciation of the complexity of healthcare. During my time as a barrister, I worked with some of the main Dublin law firms and was impressed by the infrastructure and support available to the lawyers who worked there. I was also impressed by their amazing clients, many of whom are household names. I did the solicitor transfer course soon after and when offered an opportunity to interview with MHC - I jumped at the chance!
Favourite thing about your role?
Working in the Products Regulatory Team, we deal with a very wide range of issues which challenge medical device manufacturers including those using complex software or pharmaceuticals. While the regulations are not always straightforward and there are many guidance documents to consider, each query requires an understanding of the relevant law but also the nature of the client’s business. I find that aspect particularly interesting as you get an insight into what is important to them, which helps you provide better advice.
Talk us through a typical day for you
Following a prompt caffeine infusion, I will see what is happening in my inbox to get a view of what the day ahead might entail. I then set out on the walk to Barrow Street from my home in Harold’s Cross, unless it is a rainy day, when I will drive! We have regular team meetings which are good to see how things are going for my colleagues and for planning how to approach upcoming projects in the pipeline. That is usually followed by research and drafting depending on what is required that day, occasionally interspersed with water cooler discussion about the ins and outs of the Medical Device Regulation (!). If I haven’t walked in and out as part of my commute, I’ll go for a run in the evening to wind down.
One thing most people don't know about you
I have had a love of cars since I was small and have learned how to do plenty of repairs over the years. Can be satisfying (when it’s going well!), especially on the older models.
“To appreciate the beauty of a snow flake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” Aristotle.