We now have the draft rules for the new Employers’ Liability and Public Liability Protocol and the amended RTA Protocol.
A number of possible surprises in the small print but one issue that jumps out is that disease claims (other than mesothelioma and those involving more than one defendant) are treated as employers’ liability claims and therefore fall within the protocol. And therefore attract fixed fees (at a level yet to be announced). This applies unless a letter of claim was sent to the defendant before 1 April 2013.
Another chunk of costs work disappears.