During 17 years at the Bar, Heather has built an impressive reputation in Employment Law, Discrimination Law and related areas. Client testimonials have praised Heather as a “highly competent and reliable counsel” who is valued for her “patient and professional conduct”, her “ability to analyse and grasp detailed information” and her “excellent preparation”. They add that she is a “tenacious advocate” who is “razor sharp both in cross-examination and her delivery”.
She is ranked in the latest Chambers and Partners Directory: "Experienced in representing everyone from individuals to multinational corporations at any level of court"; and in the Legal 500: ‘She is quick to grasp the key issues and has strong client engagement skills’; she is: "Well known for acting in complex discrimination cases" and is a ‘A robust advocate with a calming presence.’
What her clients say:
"I would like to take the opportunity for thank you for all your all of your hard work. You really have been incredible. You have an innate ability combine sensitivity and kindness with outstanding professionalism and expertise and I am awe of how who conducted our case. What ever the outcome I know that we have had the very best possible representation and I thank you whole heartedly." Client, sexual harassment case, Farnborough.
“I thank you for your patient and professional conduct in dealing with my legal and health problems”. Claimant, disability discrimination case, Romford, Essex
“Miss Platt’s ability to analyse and grasp detailed information is second-to-none and I believe this is helped by the excellent preparations undertaken in all the matters she is instructed in. Miss Platt is a tenacious advocate”. Solicitor, Essex
“Felt that I had to write briefly to thank you so much for your all of your very hard work yesterday. Despite the obvious industry, you were also great company. Clearly, I found the day very difficult. Again, thank you for all you have done and not in a small way for all of the ground work you did when I must have presented as a 'nightmare' client!” Claimant, disability discrimination case (judicial mediation) at London East Employment Tribunal.
Heather says she loves her job: “I do have a passion for employment law. I enjoy going to court, but I also get great satisfaction from the advisory and teaching aspects of my work.”
Recent cases include:
- Successful defence to a claim of pregnancy discrimination.
- Successful claim against a law firm for failure to make reasonable adjustments and discrimiantion arising from disabiltiy.
- Successful claim for harassment and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
- Successful claim for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal against Tesco Stores Ltd on behalf of a senior manager.
- Successfully defending a claim agaisnt an airline for unfair dismissal relating to a dismissal for inappropriate comments posted on Facebook by a cabin crew manager and trade union representative also involved inconsistency of sanction.
- Successful in the EAT on behalf of a manufacturer of component parts for aeroplanes involving the application of the now (very!) old Employment Act 2008 (Commencement No.1 Transitional Provisions and Savings) Order 2008
- Appealing to the court of appeal in a case where dismissal is admitted under the Equality Act 2010 but denied for the purposes of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the application of the doctrine of frustration.
- Defending a claim of constructive unfair dismissal on behalf of a housing association. After she successfully cross examined the claimant and substantially reduced the scope of the claim, the claimant decided to withdraw her claim from the employment tribunal altogether.
- Acting in a claim involving alleged phantom passengers in a road traffic accident and claim for personal injuries.
- Was involvedin an appeal in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in relation to a costs order made by the Leicester Employment Tribunal in a case against an NHS Trust. This was heard in August 2012 and she was successful: click here to read more.
- Successful sexual harassment and constructive dismissal claim against a recruitment company.
Heather accepts instructions under the Bar’s Public Access Scheme for representation, advice and tactical case management and planning.
Heather has experience of acting in cases for and against schools, colleges, universities and examination bodies and has acted for teachers in the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). She recently acted for the Claimant in a claim of disability discrimination brought against the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. She has experience of advising schools and further educational institutions as to how to avoid discrimination as well as on their internal policies and HR procedures. Heather has also advised faith schools and dealt with redundancy situations in the education sector. Heather is a visiting lecturer at City University in London and teaches final year LLB students. Heather is also an external examiner for the Bar Standards Board.
Heather has expertise in the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which has direct effect from 28 May 2018. Heather advises businesses and individuals as to their rights and obligations. Heather also carries out training for employment lawyers as to the provisions of the GDPR and the implications for employment law.