Eastwood v Winckworth Sherwood - Refusal of adjournment by ET [2005] EAT

The EAT overruled a tribunal chairman's refusal to adjourn a case and his striking out of that case.

There was no history of delay and there was no particular urgency. Given some rather exceptional facts, the chairman's decision to strike out Mr Eastwood's claim rather than allow an adjournment was "perverse". His claim was remitted for hearing of the preliminary issue of whether of not he was an employee (the putative employer claimed he was a partner not an employee).

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