21 November 2023

Independent UK law firm Burges Salmon has been recognised for its role supporting the connected and automated vehicles industry, winning the Legal Award at the Self-driving Industry Awards 2023.

The awards celebrate excellence in connected and automated mobility (CAM) in the UK and internationally. In this year’s inaugural Legal category, judges voted Burges Salmon the firm that demonstrated the most exceptional thought leadership and service provision in self-driving legislation including regulation, technical standards, data, environmental and liability laws.

Burges Salmon has market-leading expertise and experience in connected and automated vehicles (CAV) with the firm pioneering thought leadership in this emerging area of the law since 2014. The firm has led many of the conversations shaping the development of UK CAV law, policy and standards, working with Parliamentarians as well as industry bodies and advising on many Government-funded CAV projects.

Last year, Burges Salmon worked with the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) to publish a white paper – ‘Connected and automated vehicles: A review of the UK’s legislation and good practice’ – to support those developing, trialling, testing and deploying CAVs in the UK. Authored by Burges Salmon partner Lucy Pegler, the report provides guidance on the inter-relationship between CCAV’s Code of Practice, BSI’s own CAV Standards Programme and current legislative requirements. Burges Salmon is also the only law firm recognised by leading organisation Zenzic as a CAM Creator in its UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2035.

Partners Brian Wong and Lucy Pegler, who co-lead the firm’s Transport Technology team, comment: “We’re thrilled to be amongst the winners at this year’s Self-driving Industry Awards, recognising our track record advising the CAV industry on many cutting-edge projects across the UK and acknowledging our pioneering thought leadership on this ever-evolving legal landscape. The UK is uniquely placed to be at the forefront of the CAV market, an industry that has the potential to generate £42 billion a year to the UK economy by 2035, and we’re proud to be working on a legal framework for the future and to be driving awareness so we can work with our clients to unlock the many opportunities that are here to be gained.”

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Brian Wong

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