Heather Platt - Alternative Dispute Resolution

Heather Platt - Alternative Dispute Resolution profile

Heather has recently trained with the ADR Group and is an expert Workplace Mediator.

Heather's practice in employment and discrimination law matters has given her a keen understanding of how important good industrial relations are.  Workplace mediation is an informal, structured process in which an independent third party, a mediator, helps people in a disagreement or dispute to create a way forward.  Mediation introduces a powerful new dynamic to any negotiation or dispute discussion.  It enables people to restore and develop healthy working relationships.  Workplace mediation is future-focussed - it is concerned with how things will be from now on rather than finding blame for how things have been in the past.  It is optional - any party can withdraw from the process at any time.

Heather also carries out Employment Mediations and Commercial Mediations to settle litigation and has experience in Judicial Mediations.  



Year of call: 2002
  • Head of the Employment & Discrimination Team
  • Heather is a visiting lecturer at City University and is responsible for the Employment Law module for final year law undergraduates and post graduates
  • BSB BPTC External Examiner
  • Pupil Supervisor
Areas of specialism:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business and Commercial
  • Employment and Discrimination
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Access and Direct Access
  • Regulatory and Disciplinary
Additional languages:
  • French
  • German
  • The University of Liverpool LLB (Hons) English & German Laws
  • One Essex Court Prize for Advocacy (highest marks in Advocacy examinations at the College Of Law)
  • Nominated for Teaching Award 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2017
Professional associations:
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • Industrial Law Society
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Public Access Bar Association
  • Society of Legal Scholars
Professional activities:
  • Advisory and mediation work
  • Bespoke employer training for SMEs including tribunal simulations
  • Tactical advice to employers during disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Webinars and live seminars for CLT, Cullen Schofield and DataLaw
  • Lectures in employment and discrimination law at City University, London
  • Chambers’ seminar programme, bespoke in-house training and Webinars
  • GDRP Compliance for Employers
Outside Interests:
  • Heather is a keen traveller; she particularly enjoys high altitude mountaineering (her last mountain was Mera Peak) - or at least she did before having small children! Heather loves scuba-diving, surfing and skiing.
Notable Cases:
  • Schaverien v Howlett Clarke Solicitors LLP & Ors [2019] UKEAT/0228/18/DA
  • Patel v The Governing Body of Lister Community School [2018] UKEAT 0289_16_0103
  • Beckford v London Borough of Southwark [2015] UKEAT/0210/14/JOJ
  • Monfared v Spire Health Care Ltd (Practice and Procedure) [2014] UKEAT 1598_13_1106
  • Merlin Financial Consultants Ltd v Cooper [2014] EWHC 1196 (QB) (16 April 2014)
  • Okee v Nursing and Midwifery Council - [2014] All ER (D) 07 (Mar)
  • Tavistock And Summerhill School & Anor v Richards & Ors (Redundancy : Definition) [2013] UKEAT 0244_13_0412
  • Warner v Armfield Retail & Leisure Ltd (Contract of Employment : Frustration) [2013] All ER (D) 260 (Oct) [2013] UKEAT 0376_12_0810 (8 October 2013)
  • Masson v Meggit Avionics Limited (2013) UKEATPA/0307/12/KN
  • Oni v NHS Leicester City (formerly Leicester City Primary Care Trust) (Practice and Procedure : Costs) [2012] UKEAT 0144_12_1209 (12 September 2012)
  • Oni v NHS Leicester City (2011) UKEATPA/1138/11/LA – costs and list of issues.
  • Okoro & Okenwa v Taylor Woodrow Construction & Ors (2011) UKEAT/0319/10/ZT – continuous discrimination and jurisdiction.
  • Winchester & Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust v Walker UKEATPA/1794/10/LA – basic award, continuous service in the NHS.
  • McKinnon v Greater Manchester Police (2011) ET – 15 day race discrimination case brought by volunteer.
  • Hose Express Thurrock Ltd v Jacomb (2009) UKEAT 0389_08_3103 (unreported) – disability related discrimination (possible reference to the ECJ) following London Borough of Lewisham v Malcolm [2008] 1 AC 1399.
  • Henry v (1) London Borough of Southwark (2) South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (2008) – race discrimination; application for review and new evidence; aiding and abetting race discrimination UKEAT/0520/07/DM (unreported).
  • Hamilton v Tesco Stores Limited (2007) ET – Damages of £320,000 for Disability Discrimination; overlapping claims in the County Court for Personal Injury and Professional Negligence
  • CLT Webinar Employment Status (August 2012)
  • Handle with Kid Gloves (2011) NLJ 762
  • Out for the Count! (2010) NLJ 1209
  • Employment: Stress alert! (2009) 159 NLJ 1494
  • Access all areas (2006) 156 NLJ 1668
  • On shaky ground (2006) 156 NLJ 91