Sharon Shoesmith will go through with her appeal against the High Court ruling which denied her the chance of a judicial review on her sacking as director of Haringey children’s services after the death of Baby P, it has been reported.
Shoesmith was granted leave to appeal but told Community Care in July that she was still considering her options. However, it was confirmed today that she has decided to continue her legal battle against Ofsted, the government and Haringey Council.
Children’s services minister Tim Loughton recently revealed, in answer to a parliamentary question, that the case had already cost taxpayers £500,000 not including any back-office expenses. Ofsted has incurred costs of over £331,000.
Shoesmith also has an unfair dismissal case against Haringey Council open in the Employment Tribunal which is now likely to be postponed again until the appeal has been resolved.
Shoesmith’s lawyers have said they are not commenting on the development.
The DfE has yet to comment.
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