Ms Svetlana Lokhova had the courage to pursue her claim in respect of harassment, victimisation and constructive dismissal following nearly being driven to a mental breakdown by the treatment she received from her colleagues.

The bulk of her compensation is said to be loss of earnings but her legal costs must be very substantial indeed.

The lesson for other employers is that you must put in place good policies, training and safety valves to nip this type of case in the bud. In doing so you avoid this type of substantial award, the time of dealing with grievances and/or whistleblowing and appeals and legal actions and the attendant substantial irrecoverable costs.