Slater & Gordon jumps into driving seat in VW emissions claim

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Nov 17, 2017
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Volkswagen customers are suing the carmaker over the recall of engines after it was found their emissions broke legal limits

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Slater & Gordon is to take the lead claimant role in the group claim alleging that Volkswagen cheated emissions rules that resulted in 1.5 million cars in the UK being recalled.

The publicly-listed law firm announced that it would replace Harcus Sinclair, the London practice that had been in the lead position on behalf of 10,000 Volkswagen owners in the UK. Harcus Sinclair is understood to have come off the record in the litigation after disagreeing with another claimant firm, the little known Your Lawyers, over the progression of the claimant case.

Slater & Gordon had launched the litigation with Harcus Sinclair, but until yesterday the latter firm had been in the pivotal position. In a joint statement, the two firms announced that “Harcus Sinclair, who launched the legal action in partnership with Slater and Gordon, is stepping down. Slater and Gordon is continuing to represent UK consumers and the VW emissions action group claimants in the pursuit of fair compensation for owners of affected vehicles”.

The legal action includes nearly 45,000 British consumers who either own or owned an affected car including VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda vehicles with 1.2, 1.6 and 2.0 EA 189 diesel engines manufactured between 2009 and 2015.  

The next hearing in the British legal action against VW will take place on Monday 27 November in the High Court.

Your Lawyers bills itself as a “consumer action” practice. The 10-lawyer firm is based in Derbyshire and has two partners.

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