It is imperative that Tribunal time limits are adhered to as it is very difficult to argue that ‘it was not reasonably practicable’ to comply. One example of where it may not be reasonably practicable to comply is where medical conditions create an impediment, as illustrated by the EAT case of Mrs Franks v The Board of Governors for Churchmead COE School.
Mrs Franks suffers from Meniere’s Disease, which is a balance disorder affecting balance and hearing. She also suffers from dyslexia, dyspraxia, learning difficulties, has impaired mobioity, is confined to a wheelchair, has a frozen shoulder, hypoglycaemia and suffers from low blood pressure. This multiplicity of debilitating conditions were, on medical evidence, judged to substantially impede her ability to comply with time limits.