Heather Platt - Employment and Discrimination

Heather Platt - Employment and Discrimination profile

Heather represents a wide cross-section of businesses, from multinational corporations to SMEs, as well as public bodies and individuals.  She has handled numerous cases before the employment tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and in the High Court; Heather is particularly in-demand for her expertise in disability, sex and race discrimination, sexual orientation, unfair dismissal, redundancy, stress at work, bullying and harassment, whistleblowing and TUPE.  Acting for both claimants and respondents, Heather has successfully obtained injunctive relief in the High Court and has substantial experience in discrimination law.  She has acted in several high-value cases for and against large organisations and public bodies, including Primary Care Trusts, schools and colleges, local authorities, housing associations, police forces and major airlines.  Her professional negligence practice largely relates to the conduct of tribunal proceedings.

Heather is the Head of the Pump Court Chambers Employment Team and regularly presents seminars and carries out bespoke training on all aspects of Employment Law.  She is the author of a monthly employment law update and a regular contributor to chambers’ employment law newsletter.  Heather does pro bono work at the Employment Appeal Tribunal for ELAAS and compiles the Pump Court Costs Reports.

Contact

Overview

Year of call: 2002
Appointments:
  • Head of the Employment & Discrimination Team
  • Also a member of Riverview Chambers
  • Heather is a visiting lecturer at City University and is responsible for the Employment Law module for final year law undergraduates and post graduates
  • Pupil Supervisor
  • BSB BPTC External Examiner Employment Law
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
Qualifications:
  • 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 and 2012
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 becoming a parent! Heather loves scuba-diving, surfing and skiing.
Notable Cases:
  • Beckford v London Borough of Southwark [2015] UKEAT/0210/14/JOJ
  • Okee v Nursing and Midwifery Council - [2014] All ER (D) 07 (Mar)
  • 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
Publications:
  • 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