Williams v Home Office, Court of Appeal - United Kingdom Employment Appeal Tribunal, October 22, 1998, [1998] UKEAT 307_98_2210

Resolution Date:October 22, 1998
Issuing Organization:United Kingdom Employment Appeal Tribunal
Actores:Williams v Home Office
 
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Copyright 1998

Appeal No. PA/307/98

EMPLOYMENT APPEAL TRIBUNAL

58 VICTORIA EMBANKMENT, LONDON EC4Y 0DS

At the Tribunal

On 22 October 1998

Before

THE HONOURABLE MR JUSTICE MORISON (PRESIDENT)

(AS IN CHAMBERS)

MRS L R WILLIAMS APPELLANT

THE HOME OFFICE RESPONDENTS

Transcript of Proceedings

JUDGMENT

APPEAL FROM THE REGISTRAR'S ORDER

Revised

PA/307/98

APPEARANCES

PA/307/98

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MR JUSTICE MORISON (PRESIDENT): This is an appeal against the Registrar's refusal to extend time for lodging a Notice of Appeal. The applicant/appellant, Mrs Williams, served a Notice of Appeal on the Employment Appeal Tribunal on 13th March 1998. The appeal was against an Industrial Tribunal decision which was sent to the parties on 3rd December 1997. The appeal was therefore 57 days out of time.

The nature of the proceedings were that Mrs Williams was complaining against her employers, the Home Office, that she had been racially discriminated against and victimised on racial grounds and those complaints were unanimously dismissed. She had asked the tribunal for an adjournment which was refused.

The reasons advanced for not filing a Notice of Appeal in time have varied in the correspondence. I take the facts from the letter which has been sent to us dated 15th October 1998 from the appellant and the facts as she states them are these; although she was acting in person at the Industrial Tribunal the decision was sent to a representative of hers, that was a mistake, she says that she left the United Kingdom on 18th December 1997 without receiving any correspondence from Mr Fletcher, her representative, nor indeed did she have any of her papers delivered back to her because apparently Mr Fletcher was exercising a lien over them in respect of his unpaid fees. She says that says that she returned to the United Kingdom from America in the second week of January 1998 and that...

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