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The Volkswagen Emissions High Court Group Action

"The deadline for joining the U.K. Class Action has been set for October 2018"


Your Lawyers' Director and VW Group Action Steering Committee Solicitor, Aman Johal, said:
"Volkswagen's main defence to the claim for compensation against it has now been removed as a result of their admissions in Germany. The questions that the courts in England and Wales should now address are in respect of how much compensation Volkswagen should pay to affected owners, and not whether they should pay affected owners."


Your Lawyers Limited (t/a the Car Emissions Lawyers) is a specialist consumer action law firm that pioneered the first High Court action against Volkswagen in England and Wales after news broke about the "Dieselgate" emissions scandal.

Your Lawyers was the first law firm in England to represent Claimants against Volkswagen on a No Win, No Fee basis, and the first law firm to launch cases against Volkswagen in the High Court of Justice.

Our team has been fighting for justice since the breaking of the VW Emissions Scandal. Some 1.2 million owners of affected vehicles in the UK have yet to receive any compensation, so consumers who have yet to start their claim should join the group now and start a case as soon as possible to avoid missing the October deadline.

A GLO is an order of the court which permits a number of claims with common or related issues (of fact or law) to be managed collectively, and the hearing that was set to be the springboard of the Volkswagen Emissions Group Litigation Order took place in March 2018.

The cut-off date for joining the action is October 2018, but the cut-off for joining Claimant Groups will expire before the October 2018 deadline.


The Your Lawyers VW Group Action - The first to take action in England and Wales!

When news broke about the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, a number of law firms in England registered owners' information but did not take cases forward. Unlike other firms, Your Lawyers formally accepted cases in October 2015 and pioneered the first High Court action against Volkswagen in England and Wales in January 2016.

Tens of thousands of owners have approached Your Lawyers for help, and we now act for thousands and thousands of individuals affected by the Volkswagen Emissions scandal. The High Court has recommended that Your Lawyers be appointed to the Steering Committee who lead the action in the High Court of Justice. Your Lawyers will continue to be at the centre of the action, leading the fight for justice.

For those who are eligible, Claimants may be able to recover damages for up to 100% of the value of vehicles with our representation.

Your Lawyers' Successes So Far

Your Lawyers has attended a number of High Court hearings in relation to the VW Emissions Scandal and worked tirelessly to progress our action. Here's the history so far:

January 2018

Your Lawyers launch successful press campaign raising awareness of the various issues surrounding the VW Emissions Scandal.

March 2018

Three-day hearing sees Your Lawyers recommended by the High Court of Justice to be appointed to the Steering Committee leading the action.


January 2017


The High Court considers an application for a GLO by now-debarred law firm Harcus Sinclair. Your Lawyers and other Claimant lawyers submitted that Harcus Sinclair's application was premature and was made without adequate cooperation and consultation with Claimant firms and Defendants. The application was therefore adjourned until October 2017.


Your Lawyers featured in Telegraph

February 2017

Your Lawyers launch additional action against Bosch - the first in England and Wales.

May 2017

Your Lawyers file and serve statements to court in preparation for High Court hearings.

Your Lawyers' representatives attend Global Justice Network conference in Prague as part of continued efforts for a global approach.

June 2017

Your Lawyers and other claimant law firms ordered to file witness statements and documents with regards to the progress of cooperation between claimant law firms.

July 2017


Claimant law firms investigating cases under CPUT regulations that could see claimants recover up to 100% of the value of their vehicles were asked by the High Court to confirm that they were bringing these claims.

IMPORTANT: we believe that not all Claimant groups are investigating such claims, which we think may prevent some Claimants receiving the maximum amount of compensation possible. We urge Claimants to consider this when selecting which group to join.

We are pleased to confirm our group are claiming under CPUT regulations.

August 2017

Your Lawyers successfully obtain top-rated insurance to indemnify the Your Lawyers Claimant Group and protect them from costs if the action loses.

September 2017

Your Lawyers acquire Third Party Funding for the action. This is an important step to ensure our Claimant Group has access to the funding needed for court costs, expert fees and barristers' fees.

October 2017

Debarred law firm Harcus Sinclair's January 2017 application is adjourned again amidst the High Court action for an injunction against them for breaking a Solicitor's Undertaking.

November 2017


Your Lawyers succeed in High Court for injunction against Harcus Sinclair for breaching an undertaking. Harcus Sinclair debarred from acting in the VW Emissions Action until 2022. High Court Judge comments on delay caused by Harcus Sinclair to the VW Emissions Action.


Harcus Sinclair attempt to "stay" (place on hold) the injunction against them. Your Lawyers succeed in dismissing their application on the grounds a "stay" could further delay the VW Emissions Action for another 12 months.

January 2016


Your Lawyers launch High Court action over Volkswagen's refusal to pay compensation (the first High Court action against VW in England and Wales).

July 2016

Representatives from Your Lawyers travel to America and meet with Lead Counsel for Claimants in the U.S., Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, as part of a mission to form a unified global front.

September 2016

Your Lawyers' representatives meet with members of CLEAN Foundation - a subdivision of the Global Justice Network - as part of continued efforts to form a united and global approach to the case against VW.

Your Lawyers' representatives also attend the Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs with lawyers across Europe in aid of further action against VW and other car manufacturers suspected of cheating emissions testing.

October 2016

Your Lawyers meet with a number of other Claimant law firms as part of the unified approach.

November 2016

Your Lawyers agree to fund jointly-instructed expert evidence with European partners to test vehicles fitted with the so-called "defeat devices" and the impact the "fix" may have on vehicles.

October 2015

Your Lawyers formally retain clients and launch cases (understand to be the first to do so).

December 2015

Volkswagen deny liability and refuse to compensate owners in England and Wales (despite accepting liability in the U.S.)

Compensation Timescales

Volkswagen is refusing to compensate Claimants in the U.K., so we are having to pursue them through the High Court of Justice. If Volkswagen had done the honourable thing and owned up to their wrongdoing, we would have seen a quick and efficient conclusion to the case. Instead, they have instructed a leading law firm to defend them in the action, and we expect that it could take some time for cases to be resolved.

Having represented victims in a number of other GLO actions, we know from experience it can take a number of years so win the case.

We remain confident we can succeed.

The Your Lawyers Approach

From the very beginning when the news broke about Volkswagen's deception, we emphasised the importance of working with other lawyers in the U.K. and across the world in a unified approach. VW is one of the biggest corporations in the world, and it takes the combined expertise of law firms to fight them through the courts.

Whilst it is unfortunate that one law firm (Harcus Sinclair) had to be debarred by the High Court through failing to properly cooperate, we have established ourselves, as the first law firm in England to launch High Court proceedings, in a strong positon with partners around the world.

We have engaged with other Claimant groups in the U.K. and are set to be appointed to the Steering Committee. As a specialist consumer action law firm, being at the heart of this litigation and paving the way for justice is our absolute priority as we fight for the rights of those who have been wronged by Volkswagen. We have led the fight from the very start, and we will continue to do so until the end.

Sign up to the Action NOW - Court Deadlines Approaching

Anyone who wants to pursue a claim should sign-up immediately. Some court deadlines have already passed, but the major one where a cut-off for people joining the action is set as October 2018, but the books for new clients will have to close in advance of this deadline.

If you miss the deadline, you risk being unable to claim in the action.

Judges can be strict about Claimants who miss deadlines. When we worked in the PIP Breast Implant action, another law firm missed the deadline and their clients were not allowed to join late.

Even this year we still receive enquiries from victims who missed the deadline in 2013, and we are unable to help them. With some PIP Breast Implant claims settling for almost £30,000.00, missing a group action court deadline could be very costly indeed.

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