Talk To Thompsons – The Podcast
Episode 3: VW Emissions Scandal
We don’t just use the phrase ‘Talk to Thompsons’ we truly believe it is good to talk. Which is why we have launched the Talk to Thompsons podcast and thank you for joining us in our discussion today.
In the unpredictable world we find ourselves in due to the coronavirus outbreak, many of our current, past and new clients have many questions about various topics. Is their case still progressing? Are Thompsons still operating as normal? What rights do they have at work?
What can they do to protect themselves and their loved ones? Who do I turn to should anything happen? We aim to answer these general questions and specific questions over the coming weeks exploring a different topic in each episode.
In today’s episode our host Paul Kissen speaks to the team at Thompsons who are handling over 2000 client claims against VW Group in relation to the 2015 “Dieselgate” scandal, which revealed that thousands VW Group cars, including models by Audi, Seat & Skoda, had been fitted with defeat devices in order to conform to emissions tests around the globe. We discuss the implications to consumer trust, environmental impact and the performance of these vehicles once the recall ‘fix’ had been applied.
Our team also discuss the basic questions we are asking of Scottish motorists contacting us about a potential claim. If you think that a vehicle you owned, leased or sold on was affected, please refer to the following questions before contacting us, having this information to hand to register your claim on 0141 566 6878 or email us
1. Vehicle Manufacturer (VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda)
2. Vehicle Model
3. Engine Size (1.2, 1.6, 2L)
4. Vehicle Registration Number
5. VIN Number (this can be found in documentation relating to the vehicle or the bottom of the windscreen if you still have the car)
6. Have the technical measures (fix) been applied to the vehicle?
7. If the fix was applied, what date did this happen?
8. Date of purchase/possession of vehicle?
9. Has the car been sold?
10. Date of sale/disposition?
Paul Kissen – Paul is a trainee lawyer within Thompsons’ employment law department and has a keen interest in understanding all the cases which the firm represents clients on and highlighting these to our listeners.
Patrick McGuire – Patrick is a senior Partner at Thompsons and is an expert in mass litigation claims in Scotland with a particular passion on fighting for the individual and never the corporation.
Joel Shaw – Joel is an associate solicitor at Thompsons and is used to handling cases for clients in the realm of Personal Injury. The VW case is first case of this kind Joel has worked on and has become our resident ‘diesel-head’ with his technical knowledge of the scandal.
Conor Kenny – Conor recently qualified as a Solicitor after completing his traineeship at Thompsons and spend all of his time here involved on the VW case, gaining an understanding of the workings of a mass litigation case and the reform it could present to the Scottish legal system.
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All advice included in today’s podcast is correct as of time of recording, week commencing 1st June 2020. Please be aware as the coronavirus and associated situations are quickly evolving, regulations and advice are subject to change and you should always refer to the most recent publications.