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PI Focus | Widening the net

Claire Spearpoint runs through the practical implications of extending the RTA portal to include employers liability and public liability claims

16 April 2013

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) have announced the extension of the RTA portal vertically to include RTA claims up to 25,000, and horizontally to encompass employers' liability (EL) and public liability (PL) claims up to 25,000. The consensus is the portal currently works very well for low-value, straightforward claims; but its expansion to incorporate a much wider variety of claims draws into question the suitability of such a model to fairly and effectively deal with complex and serious issues.

At the time of writing, the final version of the protocol has not been released but a draft has been circulated which provides insight into how it's envisaged such claims will work. This article will outline the process; consider the arguments put forward about how such claims will work and the issues this new system will raise.

The MOJ were keen for all changes to be implemented in line with the wider reforms to civil funding on 1 April 2013; meaning the new system wo...

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