If you bought or leased a new or second hand diesel car, that was manufactured between 2009 and 2018, you may be eligible to join the claim.
You might have been notified by your manufacturer that your car can be recalled. You can join the claim whether you have received this notification or not.
There is no up-front cost to join the claim. We are acting on a no-win, no-fee basis which means that you will only have to pay us a percentage of your compensation in the event that you are successful. If you lose, you will pay nothing.
If your claim is against Mercedes you will pay us 40% of your damages, plus VAT. For ALL other car companies that you claim against, you will pay us 35% of your damages (VAT inclusive). This is due to the way the claims have been funded and the order with which they have proceeded.
It is very important that you read our full terms and conditions and other documents provided when you sign up. If you have any questions about any of the documents you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you.
We are an English law firm, and the claims we are proposing to bring in the first instance will be in the English courts. We are looking to work with Scottish and Northern Irish lawyers and intend to bring claims in those jurisdictions too, when possible. Please complete the questionnaire and we will be in touch in due course.
If your vehicle was manufactured by between 2009 and 2018 it may be affected. You can complete the questionnaire and we will be in touch to let you know if you are eligible to bring a claim.
Harcus Parker acts for owners of diesel vehicles which are alleged to have been fitted with defeat devices, similar to those found to be used by Volkswagen. Defeat devices detect when an emissions test is being carried out, so that in normal use emission control systems are supressed. When cars are driven in the real world, emissions are often many times higher than the regulated limits.
NOx emissions are harmful to the environment and to human health. It is estimated that the costs of illnesses related to air pollution cost the UK £20 billion annually. Worse still, a report by the Royal College of Physicians in 2016 estimated that around 40,000 deaths each year are attributable to exposure to outdoor air pollution. We also believe strongly that car companies should not be allowed to ignore important environmental rules for the sake of profit.
There are many reasons to join the claim, but we think these are the 4 most important:
- Health – NOx is a pollutant which has been linked to an array of diseases
- Environment – NOx emissions damages vegetation and can cause acid rain
- Accountability – Manufacturers could have developed solutions and provided vehicles which were suitable for us in our towns and cities, but instead they appear to have cheated
- Compensation – you could be entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation if the claims succeed. The amount ultimately recovered will depend on your circumstances and the claims brought on your behalf
Yes. You can still join the claim if you have sold your vehicle, but the amount you can claim might be affected.
Yes. You should do what you would normally do if you were not part of the claim. You can stay part of the claim if you sell your car, but it might have an impact on how much you can claim.
Yes. Please tell us about both vehicles when you register. You should fill in the form for one vehicle and then select the option at the end to repeat the process.
Yes. You can join the claim if you bought the vehicle on finance.
Yes. You can join the claim if you leased (or lease) the vehicle.
Yes. You can join the claim if you bought the car second hand, but the amount you can claim might be affected.
The exact amount will depend on a number of different factors, including how much you paid for the car and if you have sold it, how much you received for it, but we estimate that claimants will be entitled to several thousand pounds.
No, but we will start issuing claims as soon as we can. Certain types of claim have ‘limitation’ deadlines, which will mean that if you wait to join the claim you may be unable to claim some or all of the compensation which might otherwise be available to you.
It is difficult to put a timeframe on the claim, but we hope to have a result within the next two years. Legal cases can take a long time to resolve.
If we lose you will not have to pay our fees or pay us back for the costs involved in bringing your claim to trial, but the usual rule in English litigation is that the losing party pays the costs of the winning party. We will make sure that we have insurance in place to protect you if the claim is unsuccessful, but there is a small risk that you may not be covered, for example if the insurance fails.
The documents we ask you for will depend on how you owned the vehicle. We will ask you to provide proof of the purchase or lease, or, if you bought the vehicle on finance, your finance paperwork. If you have sold the car we will also ask you for some documents showing the details of the sale.
Almost certainly not. A small number of claimants might be asked to give evidence, but this is only likely to be a few out of thousands of claimants.
Yes. You can cancel within 14 days of joining the claim without incurring any costs. If you decide to cancel you will need to notify Harcus Parker in writing – when you sign up you will be provided with a cancellation form that you can use.
We would be very happy to discuss any other questions you might have. You can call us on 020 3995 3902 to speak to a member of the team or email us at email@example.com and someone will get back to you.