Last week’s workshop on the defence of harassment claims was well attended. Insurers were keen to put probing questions to Professor Tom Fahy, a consultant psychiatrist they regularly instruct in stress at work claims. Dr Max Henderson, a fellow psychiatrist and expert in occupational health and stress at work, was also quizzed. Following my overview of the different legal frameworks applicable to bullying claims, Professor Fahy confirmed that bullying is most damaging when the perpetrator intends to upset the victim or wants others to dislike them. Identical behaviour that is no more than a joke at work is much less undermining. This ties in quite neatly with the definition of harassment in

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