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The Car Lawyer

The Car Lawyer Knows the Cars,

the Rules and the Tricks of the

Trade Inside Out

The Car Lawyer

Philip Harmer is a lawyer and automotive industry expert  specialising in all manner of legal issues surrounding car sales, repair, consumer finance disputes involving dealers, garages, brokers and private sellers.

He has been nicknamed the Car Lawyer by clients for his in depth and wide ranging technical knowledge the vehicles including classic cars, collectables, super cars and prestige brands as well as the tricks of the trade including fraud, misrepresentation, miss selling, clocking and cloning.  

His skill as an advocate and his reputation has grown to such a level that he is not only the first choice for many new and used car dealers, manufacturers and private clients but a highly respected legal and automotive consultant throughout the UK and internationally. 

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Technical Knowledge

Different from traditional motor or automotive lawyers and solicitors Philip, has an in depth practical and working knowledge of a wide range of vehicle types and makes, mechanical issues, problems, fixes and short cuts garages take, enabling him to use these technicalities and highlight procedural errors. 

Industry Expertise

With 30 years experience in the motor trade both operationally working for Mercedes-Benz UK, Jardine Motors and independent dealers before and during qualifying as a lawyer and being called the the Bar and after, representing dealers, manufacturers and private clients throughout the UK: It's fair to say Philip knows the motor industry inside out.


It is an offence under consumer law for a trader to give false, misleading or deceptive information about the history of a car, including false information about a clocked car, ie changing the genuine odometer reading of the car in order to make the car seem like it has been driven less than it actually has.

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Write Off

Selling insurance ‘write-offs’ isn't illegal and they can be legitimately allowed back on the road, but failing to disclose the car has been crashed is against the rules and maybe against the law if they are beyond repair or structurally compromised and dangerous 

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