Registration of interest requires no financial commitment and there will be no out-of-pocket cost to participate in any subsequent Group Litigation Action. The case will be conducted on a no-win, no-fee basis, meaning upon successful settlement or judgment in England and Wales, claimants will receive an agreed percentage of the total recovered from Mercedes. This will be explained and addressed in the participation documents which you will be asked to sign.
At this early stage, it is difficult to predict the amount of compensation you will ultimately receive. This will depend on the purchase price, age, model and specific characteristics of your vehicle. However, we anticipate that claimants could recover compensation from Mercedes in the broad range of £3,000 to £10,000 per vehicle, and possibly higher. This is very much an estimated range and by no means guaranteed for each group member.
In short, no. If we are unsuccessful, we will not charge you for our fees or the costs we have incurred for prosecuting your case. And, we will take out an insurance policy on your behalf (known as “After-the-Event Insurance” or "ATE") to cover the Defendants’ legal costs, which will protect you from being liable for those costs. The cost of the ATE insurance premium is a cost that we bear and is one of the factors taken into account when determining the solicitors’ share of the damages if we are successful, which will be no more than 35 per cent.