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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Shoesmith's won again.

As this link reveals (thanks to @PaulWaugh for tweeting it and the Education Law Blog for posting it), Sharon Shoesmith has won her latest victory in court over her dismissal from Haringey Council. Here's the entire piece.

The Supreme Court yesterday refused permission for either Haringey Borough Council or the Secretary of State to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision in Shoesmith v OFSTED and others [2011] EWCA Civ 642. The Court of Appeal declared that the Secretary of State’s directions, insofar as they purported to remove Ms Shoesmith from her position as Haringey’s Director of Children’s Services, were unlawful and, further, that Haringey’s decision to dismiss Ms Shoesmith was unlawful. See 11KBW’s website for further information on that decision. However, this is not the final word on the matter because the question of damages is still to be decided by the Adminstrative Court (if not agreed between the parties) and there are also other proceedings stayed pending the outcome of this case, including in the Employment Tribunal.

However, can i go back to my original post on this.

I think whether her dismissal was lawful or not is not the point.

She should have just done the decent thing. And resigned.

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