The two are collaborating to secure compensation for Volkswagen drivers who are taking action against the brand over the scandal.
The groups are working together against Volkswagen and parts supplier Bosch, who yesterday faced accusations of having created the software that allowed cars to cheat official emissions tests.
Damon Parker, head of litigation and founding partner of the British law firm, Harcus Sinclair UK, said: “Financial compensation is not the only issue. They wish to prevent corporations thinking that they can deceive customers and harm people’s health and the environment with impunity.”
Speaking with Autocar, Parker added: "The objective is to hold company to account and get financial compensation. It’s not particularly about money; nobody’s going to make huge sums, what they’re doing is registering a protest. If people feel they’ve been deceived and lured into buying something with eco quality; a Bluemotion VW for example, they may as well have bought something else which costs them less."
The objective of pairing up with European groups, Parker said, is "strength in numbers, sharing information, jointly presenting a united front". 41,000 affected UK owners have registered interest since January 2017, with between 30 and 40 on a quiet day and 200 on a particularly busy day signing up to the firm's site for legal proceedings against VW. There's potential for several hundred thousand affected owners through potential partnerships in Europe to band together in this way though.