Aziz v Bethnal Green City Challenge Company Limited: CA 25 May 1999

The notice of appeal was served three days late. The Registrar and Morison J refused to extend time, the judge concluding that the explanation for the delay was honest and full, but not acceptable.
Held: Permission to appeal was refused. Sir Christopher Staughton said: ‘I would only add this in relation to the merits. Mummery J said at p.246 of the United Arab Emirates [1995] IRLR 243 case, that the merits are usually of little weight and they should not be investigated in detail. I agree with that. But I would however say that, if it is plain that the appeal has no prospect of success, that must be a matter which should be taken into account. There can be no point in giving an extension of time for an appeal which is bound to fail.’
Butler-Sloss LJ acknowledged that the Abdelghafar guidelines imposed a more restrictive regime for appealing to the EAT than to the Court of Appeal applied for appeals to itself, but pointed out, first, the distinction between the EAT and the CA, the appellate jurisdiction of the EAT being confined to appeals on law; and, second, that the EAT was empowered under section 30(3) of the 1996 Act to regulate its own procedure and that ‘[i]t has its own good reasons for requiring the parties to deal with proposed appeals expeditiously . . It is right that on appeals on law people must get their cases in in time. In this particular case I agree with Morison J that this is an honest explanation of mistake but it is not an acceptable one.’


Sir Christopher Staughton, Pill, Butler-SlossLJJ


[1999] EWCA Civ 1479, [2000] IRLR 111




Employment Tribunals Act 1996 30(3)


England and Wales


ApprovedUnited Arab Emirates v Abdelghafar and Another EAT 10-Jul-1995
The appellant challenged a decision by the tribunal made in its absence that the tribunal had jurisdiction to hear against it a claim for unfair dismissal.
Held: The tribunal had erred. Though Sengupta had been decided under common law, it . .
Appeal fromAziz v Bethnal Green City Challenge Co Ltd EAT 3-Dec-1998
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