From your posts, i wonder if you case should have been dealt with by admissions themselves, and the place should have been given to your DD at that stage. Why did it stretch to appeal. The stress of appeal for you as parents and stress for DD was clearly unnecessary.
If the admissions have acted wrongly, not followed guidelines when applying criteria - and that was the main reason of appeal.....welll imo, it shouldnt be the main reason. I always thought appeal was appealing against a decision which made fairly and correctly. But in your case, clearly the offer of place from admission authority wasnt done properly.
And if you say that you won the appeal because of the above- the admissions authority, are they admitting fault- why didnt they see it in the first place.
Am i missing something here