Google’s driverless car unit has hired its first general counsel to oversee the complex legal issues related to the tech project.

Kevin Vosen joins as general counsel from the Climate Corporation where he was chief legal officer and responsible for legal, compliance and government relations.

Vosen worked for a number of major mandates while at the Climate Corporation, a data analytics business, including its takeover by Monsanto Company for $1bn in 2013.

Prior to that role Vosen worked as counsel at US firm O’Melveny & Myers, specialising in M&A and private equity.

The Google self-driving car project is attempting to create cars that can take passengers to their destination at the “push of a button”.

One fatality involving a driverless car developed by Tesla has added to a new and already complex set of legal issues related to the new technology.

Google’s driverless car project is run by its parent company, Alphabet. Last year Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton won the mandate to advise Google on its corporate reorganisation.