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Dismissal claim ‘settled’

The long running saga of the departure of staff from the Scottish Kennel Club’s musselburgh office last year looks as though it has reached another conclusion.

OUR DOGS has learned that Anna Fox’s claim for alleged constructive dismissal has been settled without recourse to court action and following meetings with ACAS, her lawyers and representatives of the Scottish Kennel Club.

The settlement - a four figure sum - has been agreed out of which she will her pay legal costs.

The claim followed her leaving the Scottish Kennel Club in December last year along with three other office staff and her the resignation of her husband Allan Sim, who had been the SKC’s Secretary General for 26 years.

The exodus was prompted by an e-mail from a group of Executive Council members last September in which they criticised the ‘unhelpful’ attitude of the office staff. The SKC also lost its President as a result of the wrangling.

The trauma was further extended into two Special General Meetings earlier this year called for by SKC members which sought the resignation of the Convenor and Vice Convenor.

After a stormy AGM in late March at the first meeting of the newly elected Executive Council the Convenor of three years Robert Crawford did not seek re-election and the Vice Convenor Mrs Eleanor Bothwell was beaten in a vote for the office.