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Sharon Shoesmith granted right to claim unfair dismissal at Court of Appeal

Sharon Shoesmith granted right to claim unfair dismissal at Court of Appeal

Sharon Shoesmith has been granted permission to bring a claim of unfair dismissal to the Court of Appeal after she was made redundant from her role as head of children's services.

Ms Shoesmith was removed from her role during the Baby Peter affair in which a 17-month-old boy died in August 2007 from sustained neglect by his mother, her partner and their lodger, despite being regularly visited by health care inspectors.

In April of this year, Mr Justice Foskett rejected her application for judicial review into her sacking - which included the withdrawal of her state pension - by children's secretary Ed Balls, who had made a claim for £350,000 in damages against Ms Shoesmith.

However, the judge has now said that Ms Shoesmith is free to take up her case with the Court of Appeal while the claim for costs against her has been reduced to £10,000. Mr Justice Foskett said: "It is by no means fanciful that the Court of Appeal may differ from my view."

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Posted by Cheryl Bennett