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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"





The Deadline To Join The Court Action Has Expired

The deadline to join the Court action expired at the end of October. Tens of thousands of victims of the Volkswagen Emissions "Dieselgate" scandal registered their claims in time for the action. Anyone who did NOT register in the action before the deadline may have to take alternative action to claim compensation.

Although the deadline has expired, claims are still being taken forward on a No Win, No Fee basis. Volkswagen is refusing to compensate victims in the UK, despite admitting responsibility for the diesel crisis earlier this year. This means we may have a lengthy court battle on our hands. Although the deadline for joining the GLO has expired, you still may be able to bring a claim against Volkswagen.

Judges can be strict about allowing Claimant's to join an action too late. We know from experience that people who miss the deadlines have lost the opportunity to claim tens of thousands of pounds.

The Volkswagen Emissions High Court Group Action

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 in October 2015, and the first law firm to launch cases against Volkswagen in the High Court of Justice in January 2016.

Your Lawyers has been working with lawyers in America and across Europe, and secured funding and top-rated insurance to protect our Claimant Group.

Our team has been fighting for justice since the breaking of the VW Emissions Scandal. The court action is underway where a Group Litigation Order (GLO) has been established. 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.

Will the Court Action win?

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 that the action can succeed.

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.)

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 position with partners around the world.

We have engaged with other Claimant groups in the U.K. and have been appointed to the Steering Committee who are leading the action.

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