Mountain biking instructor ruled at fault in skills tuition incident

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The court case involving a Surrey Hills-based mountain biking instructor and a student left paralysed in a crash has resulted in a payout of millions to the victim, a court has ruled.

The precedent-setting case has worried skills tutors, with one telling CI.N prior to the verdict “this will only encourage more claims.”

Judge Mr Justice Jeremy Baker delivered a verdict that skills tutor Leon MacLean was “80% at fault”, accounting for 20% personal responsibility for claimant Mr. Ahmed’s actions in not raising doubts about his own abilities. “Peer pressure” from other students was also taken into account.

The final sum is yet to be assessed, though it is believed more than £3 million in damages will be claimed.

Read more on the outcome of the case here and our analysis of what it means for the tuition business here.