Of interest is the judgement in favour of SIMON BUTLER who has been battling the French legal system for six years.

Briefly, Simon is a UK Ski Instructor and the French ski instructors did not want him or his team teaching skiing in France and so they said he needed to re qualify in France. This is patently absurd and is protectionism.

This has also been the position for walking leaders and this judgement of course can now be used to advocate for UK qualified for walking, mountaineering, kayaking instructors etc. to be able to work unmolested across Europe.

It’s quite a read and a strong win.

We say well done Simon and we do hope that you are adequately compensated for the distress and disruption and loss of income that the French courts have caused to you, your employees and your business.

Shame on ‘The Man!’

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Walk leader @ Wales Outdoors, life model @ Cardiff Life Models and poet @ Self Published I opened the first mountain bike hire business in the Brecon Beacons National Park in 1995. Since then my business, Wales Outdoors, has grown and morphed and is now the most active and most popular guided walks and adventure travel provider in Wales. Andy has been a volunteer co-ordinator, guided walks programme organiser and part time central area warden for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, chair of Brecon Beacons Tourism, a Duke of Edinburghs area co-ordinator, a Princes Trust social inclusion manager, the catalyst for the Brecon Beacons National Park Environment Charter and a key motivator for the inception of the outdoor activity peer group, SWOAPG. Join Me! for a walk or two :)