Osborne Clarke today announces its support and sponsorship of World EV Day, a global campaign established to accelerate the transition to zero emission electric vehicles around the world.
Now in its third year, World EV Day is this year on 29th September. It was postponed from 9th September as a mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth following her death.
EV Day has grown to become the largest global celebration of e-mobility, and an opportunity to highlight and encourage the transition to sustainable transport by targeting consumers, business and policy makers.
International law firm Osborne Clarke has become the sole legal sector partner of World EV Day.
Osborne Clarke has a long established e-mobility team and is one of the few international firms able to provide a holistic service based on its understanding of how multiple industry sectors, such as mobility, energy and digital infrastructure, interact in this complex area.
Its team includes lawyers from the firm's automotive, energy, mobility, infrastructure, decarbonisation, digitalisation and urban dynamics practices. Electric vehicles are at the confluence of all of these sectors and its corporate, private equity and venture capital teams are also advising on increasing levels of investment from corporates and financial institutions.
Simon Spooner is the head of Osborne Clarke's urban mobility team: "World EV Day is becoming increasingly influential at educating consumers, governments, business and society about the vital role that electric vehicles are playing in helping us reach net zero carbon emissions.
"We will use our support of World EV day throughout the year to promote the work that we and our clients are doing to help develop a truly sustainable transport ecosystem."
The EV industry includes not only automotive companies but technology, energy and infrastructure companies as well as a growing number of business, private and institutional investors.
Osborne Clarke's advises clients across all of these areas with its lawyers specialising on, for example, the latest business models, managed and subscription services, consumer law, payments and profit sharing arrangements, data exploitation, workforce issues, investment, funding and financing. They also advise on related competition and procurement, real estate, regulation, telecoms, retail, tax, planning and litigation.
The technology being developed in e-mobility cuts across geographic borders with Osborne Clarke advising its EV clients from offices across Europe and Asia. It also has representative offices in California and New York advising US clients on existing and emerging law in the UK, EU and Asia.
More information on World EV Day can be found here.
Osborne Clarke's own green credentials
Alongside Osborne Clarke's work advising clients on environmental and decarbonisation matters, prioritising its own responsible and ethical credentials is key to the firm's business strategy.
The Osborne Clarke For Good framework is the firm's way of ensuring it's a good corporate citizen, a good employer and a good business.
The firm has recently joined Business in the Community's 'Making Work Work' campaign in the UK. This is the largest and longest established business-led network dedicated to responsible business, founded 40 years ago by King Charles when he was the Prince of Wales. Osborne Clarke is one of 60 signatory companies on the Greener Litigation Pledge. This will see the firm take active steps to reduce the environmental impact of its practice. And earlier this year, it announced its commitment to science based targets, in committing to both a near-term target and the long-term SBTi Net Zero Standard. It is one of only a few UK firms that have made similar commitments.
Osborne Clarke's mobility and infrastructure team advises on all aspects of established and emerging intelligent transport. This includes developments in technology, software and infrastructure that make urban mobility more efficient; electric vehicles and the development of autonomous vehicles, new electronic payment systems, smart airports and new business models. The team also advises on the emerging regulatory environment and investments into innovative companies which are driving change in the mobility sector.