Slingsby v Griffith Smith Solicitors - Strict enforcement of time limit for appeal does not apply to respondent's answer [2009] EAT

When Mr Slingsby appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, an Order was made in the usual terms that the Respondents, Griffith Smith Solicitors (GSS), should file their Answer within 14 days. In the event they filed their Answer one day late, due to a careless mistake, which they readily admitted. The Registrar took the view that (1) GSS had readily admitted their error and (2) the EAT should be more lenient since there were only 14 days here, rather than the strictly enforced 42 days for lodging an appeal. She extended time to allow the Answer in. Mr Slingsby appealed against that decision.

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