BULit21 FAQs

Who can join the BULit21 group litigation against Uber

Q: How do I know if I have suffered a loss which is relevant to BULit21?

Q: I have retired from driving a black cab. Can I still be included? Do I still have a claim?

Q: Is the action open to black cab drivers outside London?

Q: How do I prove that I am eligible? What do you need from me?

Q: I had a friend who was a cabby. He has since passed away. Can his wife or family be involved? Do they have a potential claim?

The cost of being involved in BULit21

Q: Does it cost me anything to register?

Q: Is this a “no win, no fee” action against Uber?

Q: How will RGL fund the legal process against Uber?

Q: What is in this for the funder, insurers and RGL?

Q: How much will be deducted on success?

Q: If my claim is not successful, will there be any cost to me?

Q: If RGL decides not to progress a claim on my behalf, will there be any cost to me?

Q: Is it possible that the litigation could be successful but the amount awarded is not sufficient to cover some aspects of the costs incurred, so that I might have a financial liability?

Q: If my claim is successful, do I have to pay tax on the amount I receive?

Q: When and how will I have to fully commit to take part in the BULit21 group litigation?

The legal process

Q: What is the basis of the BULit21 group black cab litigation? What is it all about?

Q: What type of losses will be claimed?

Q:  How much will the claim be?

Q: How long will it all take?

Q: What will be the process of the black cab legal action against Uber?

Q: Uber always win in the courts. Why will this be any different?

Other

Q: How will you keep me informed on progress?

Q: Will my personal information be kept confidential?

Q: I was previously signed up to another legal action against Uber about this issue. Can I still sign up for BULit21?

Q: RGL say that my claim could be worth £25,000. How is this figure calculated?

Q: If BULit21 succeeds against Uber would it give the “green light” for Uber to continue its operations in London?

 

Who can join the BULit21 group litigation against Uber

Q: How do I know if I have suffered a loss which is relevant to BULit21?

A: If you were driving a black cab in London for any period between June 2012 and mid-March 2018, then we believe that you have suffered a loss which means that you have a potential claim in the RGL group litigation.

Q: I have retired from driving a black cab. Can I still be included? Do I still have a claim?

A: Yes, you can still be included – as long as you were driving a black cab in London for any period between June 2012 and mid-March 2018.

Q: Is the action open to black cab drivers outside London?

A: The action is focused on drivers in any area of London – green badge holders and yellow badge holders.

Q: How do I prove that I am eligible? What do you need from me?

A: In order to register, you will have to provide some basic contact information, a photo (or scan) of your badge, and a photo (or scan) of your DVLA photo driving licence. At a later date we may require a copy of your TfL cab driver’s licence (your bill). All information provided will be stored securely and treated as confidential. Please see our Privacy Policy.

Q: I had a friend who was a cabby. He has since passed away. Can his wife or family be involved? Do they have a potential claim?

A: As a general rule, it is likely that his/her estate will have a potential claim. For now, their executor should register, with no cost and no obligation, so that our legal team can assess the potential claim as we progress.

 

The cost of being involved in BULit21

Q: Does it cost me anything to register?

A: No, there is no cost (and no obligation) as a result of registering. You simply provide some basic contact details (along with photographs of your badge and your DVLA photo driving licence) and we will be in touch shortly afterwards about the next steps. There is no cost or payment required at any point in our process, unless and until your case is successful.

Q: Is this a “no win, no fee” action against Uber?

A: Yes. RGL Management will arrange a third party funder to cover all legal and other costs of the BULit21 claimants, and will also ensure that insurance is in place so that BULit21 claimants will not have to pay any “adverse costs” if the claim against Uber is not successful.

Q: How will RGL fund the legal process against Uber?

A: RGL will arrange litigation funding with a funder that specialises in financing the pursuit of large commercial court claims. The funds provided will cover all legal and other costs until a successful outcome is reached.

Q: What is in this for the funder, insurers and RGL?

A: If your claim fails, the funder, the insurers and RGL will get nothing. If your and the other drivers’ claims are successful, a proportion will be deducted from the recoveries to pay the funder (from which the funder will pay RGL), the insurers and any other amounts due. This proportion to be deducted on success will reimburse the monies spent on the claims by the funder, pay the insurance premium due to the insurers, pay the lawyers’ any deferred and success fees due and pay the funder’s uplift (profit).

Q: How much will be deducted on success?

A: The size of the deduction on success will be confirmed when we have more information on the number of drivers who join BULit21.  A financial illustration will be provided before you decide whether to join the BULit21 group litigation.

Rest assured, you will not be required to make any commitment to the litigation before this information is explained in detail and before you expressly agree to it.

Q: If my claim is not successful, will there be any cost to me?

A: No.

Q: If RGL decides not to progress a claim on my behalf, will there be any cost to me?

A: No.

Q: Is it possible that the litigation could be successful but the amount awarded is not sufficient to cover some aspects of the costs incurred, so that I might have a financial liability?

A: No. This is not possible. It will be an explicit part of both the funding agreement with the funder and the insurance policy with the insurers, that the funder’s return and the insurers’ premium will be payable only if, and only to the extent, there are funds available to pay. If the litigation is successful, but the return is not sufficient to pay the funder and/or the insurer, their respective entitlement to fees, uplifts and premium will be expressly limited to the litigation recoveries that are available.

Q: If my claim is successful, do I have to pay tax on the amount I receive?

A: Each individual’s liability to pay tax is unique. If this is important to you at this stage, you should seek your own tax advice (RGL is not permitted to do so).

Q: When and how will I have to fully commit to take part in the BULit21 group litigation?

A: Once you have registered, you will receive further details about the terms of the group litigation.  You may be also asked for a brief summary about how you believe Uber caused losses to you personally.

Please always bear in mind, however, that registering does not mean to have to participate in the litigation; you can take this decision once you have received further information.

 

The legal process

Q: What is the basis of the BULit21 group black cab litigation? What is it all about?

A: The case against Uber will focus on the way it breached the terms of its licence between June 2012 and mid-March 2018, giving rise to claims based on the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998

Q: What type of losses will be claimed?

A: Loss of income will be the primary claim, but drivers who had to work more hours as a result of Uber’s operations between 2012 and 2018 or had to take another job to make the same (pre-Uber) income should also register with BULit21.

Q:  How much will the claim be?

A: Each individual claim will be different.  An individual driver’s claim could run to £25,000 or more.  However, the value of any potential claim you may have will be analysed and evaluated in due course by RGL’s legal team at zero cost and zero risk to you.

Q: How long will it all take?

A: Timescales will remain uncertain until the legal proceedings are commenced in Court, which will be during 2021.

Q: What will be the process of the black cab legal action against Uber?

A: The exact process of how a significant number of claims made at the same time against Uber is to be dealt with will not be known until a Judge considers the relevant “case management” issues. This will become clearer as the proceedings advance in Court, but it is likely the Judge will decide that a small selection of claims should be considered first as “test” cases, rather than hearing all claims all at the same time.

Q: Uber always win in the courts. Why will this be any different?

A: Pursuing legal action against large businesses and corporations is an extremely difficult, time consuming and expensive endeavour.  Bringing a claim as one of a large group of claimants is far more effective. RGL Management are litigation specialists, with extensive expertise in law, investment banking, corporate operational management and claimant communication, all of which are essential when managing a large complex legal action. Before legal proceedings are commenced, the BULit21 claimant drivers’ group will be armed with the funding and insurance and represented by a top legal team, so as to match Uber’s lawyers and resources. This will provide the fire power necessary to create the level playing field essential for any legal claim with prospects against a large, well-financed target. Moreover, funders and insurers back legal claims with their significant financial resources only if they are confident of winning (because that is the only way they will get paid).

 

Other

Q: How will you keep me informed on progress?

A: RGL Management will publish regular email updates, which we will send out to every driver who is registered for and part of the BULit21 claimant group.

Q: Will my personal information be kept confidential?

A: All information and data provided by you in relation to your BULit21 claim will be kept confidential by RGL, albeit it will be shared, in confidence, with our professional advisors. Please click on the link to read our Privacy Policy.

RGL Management Limited is registered with the Information Commissioners Office. Registration number ZA175833. Registration address: 29 Lincolns Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3EE.

Q: I was previously signed up to another legal action against Uber about this issue. Can I still sign up for BULit21?

A: Yes you can. More details will follow about this after you register with BULit21 (bearing in mind always that registering does not involve any cost to you or any further commitment).

Q: RGL say that my claim could be worth £25,000. How is this figure calculated?

A: The £25,000 claim value represents a black cab driver working full time during the period June 2012 to March 2018. It is an estimate of the average loss of such a driver, as derived from an extensive analysis of a large sample of drivers’ accounts, undertaken by independent experts. However, as it is an average, the final claim value could be more for any such individual driver.

Q: If BULit21 succeeds against Uber would it give the “green light” for Uber to continue its operations in London?

A: The BULit21 drivers’ claims will be legal claims for losses incurred between June 2012 and March 2018.  Nothing more; nothing less.

RGL and the drivers with whom we are working believe that there is a good legal case to pursue Uber for these losses incurred in the past, and that this case should be pursued in the Courts.

Succeeding against Uber will prove nothing more (or less) than Uber caused black cab drivers to suffer these past losses.  Succeeding will not provide Uber with any benefit for the future.

If or how Uber is licensed (or not) in the future is a matter for TfL – this cannot be determined by a case against Uber by drivers for past losses.