EAT: withdrawing concessions and arguing new points

In Secretary of State for Health & ors v Rance & ors [2007] IRLR 665, HHJ McMullen reviews the authorities on when the EAT will be prepared to entertain a new point of law or permit a concession to be withdrawn, and sets out at paragraph 50 of his judgment the principles that he draws from them, as well as finding 3 new relevant factors in Rance itself.

Unfortunately, there is no attempt in the judgment to reconcile the sometimes contradictory principles listed. The true rule would still seem to be that the EAT will allow new points of law to be argued if it feels like it.

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