Osborne Clarke is a multinational law firm founded in 1748, with offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and the United States. The firm has more than 180 partners and more than 1000 employees. The firm’s high profile in the media and technology sector has made them the legal firm of choice for firms including Facebook, Dell, Nintendo, News International and Vodafone. OC was awarded with the TMT Law firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards June 2012, for their work in advising mobile provider Everything Everywhere on launching the first mobile payments product. Also, OC is the only firm to hold two awards as UK Law Firm of the Year 2015. OC was awarded both at the Legal Business awards 2015, where the firm was commended for its recent growth trajectory and its focus on sectors and issues that are at the cutting edge of the law, such as building smart cities and the sharing economy; and at The Lawyer awards 2015, where the firm stood out for its boundless energy and commitment to moving into growth sectors, for the way in which it truly looks after its people and for its international expansion. Within the firm higher hierarchy there are both men and women, and OC conserves this balance also between the partners, yet choosing them on competence basis.
OC is leader in smart cities related legal issues, which include those linked to digital business and automotive. The partner in charge for this project is member of the firm’s international Automotive group and is invited as an expert to speak at various conferences of this industry sector.
OC is the partner with legal expertise and as such will analyse legal aspects in all topical work packages. Furthermore, OC will make sure that the information sharing within the consortium is made in compliance with competition law and contribute to the ethical side of ADAS&ME. OC will also analyse the business and exploitation plans for the commercialisation of the innovations introduced by the project.