The EAT case of Mr S May v Greenwich Council concerns the decision of the Tribunal not to accept the claim of Mr May under rule 3(2) of the Employment Tribunal Rules of Procedure because of partial illegibility. The form was completed in lower case, was small, smudged and difficult to read.

The EAT ruled that refusal to accept the ET1 was disproportionate and contrary to the overriding objective, to deal with cases justly and ensuring that the parties are on an equal footing.  Even so, best avoid any reason for doubt and complete neatly or better still, online!  In this case, Mr May was directed to re-submit his claim in typed form.