Matthew Kerruish-Jones

Bright, technical and client-focussed. A very safe pair of hands who will always advise practically and in a commercial context. A strong junior, apt for advising commercially on claims in today's progressive insurance world.

Thom Lumley, instructing Solicitor

Matthew Kerruish-Jones

  • Called in 2003

Crime

Matthew regularly advises and defends individuals prosecuted for causing death whilst driving. He has unique experience in this area as he is able to straddle both the criminal and civil court jurisdictions and understands the tactical issues faced by lay clients and their insurers when facing linked criminal and civil prosecutions.

In addition, Matthew has significant prosecution experience over the years, and has acted as disclosure counsel to the Serious Fraud Office as well as having been led in a number of cases by Queen’s Counsel.

Notable cases include:

R v Harris [2017 at Blackfriars Crown Court] Represented an elderly man who was not fit to stand trial due to dementia. The case involved “pedal confusion” whereby it was alleged the defendant drove at speed into a shop killing an occupant.

R v Parsons [2017 at Chelmsford Crown Court] Successfully defended an ambulance driver who, whilst responding to an emergency, collided with a pedestrian killing him.

R v Howard [2017 at Chelmsford Crown Court] Successfully defended a mother with her two children who drove into a fatal collision with a motorcyclist riding up a bus lane.

R v Colledge [2016 at Truro Crown Court] The Defendant suffered with a black out at the wheel due to a neurological condition and caused a fatal collision with an oncoming vehicle. Insane automatism was successfully argued.

R v Mitzman [2016 at Harrow Crown Court] Successfully defended a motorist charged with causing death by careless driving who came into collision with two pedestrians crossing a road.

R v Smart [2015 at Canterbury Crown Court] EWCA Crim 1756 Matthew represented a defendant charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving at first instance. He advised on the appeal against sentence which was successfully reduced by the Court of Appeal (represented by Douglas Day QC).

R v Calnan [2015 at Canterbury Crown Court] Successfully defended a motorist charged with causing death by careless driving who came into collision with an oncoming motorcyclist.

 

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Notable Cases


R v Harris [2017 at Blackfriars Crown Court]
Represented an elderly man who was not fit to stand trial due to dementia. The case involved “pedal confusion” whereby it was alleged the defendant drove at speed into a shop killing an occupant.

Redcar and Cleveland BC v Baketime Ltd [2017 at Middleborough Magistrates]
The Defendant company, a biscuit manufacturer, suffered a rodent infestation creating a risk to public health.

HSE v Bespoke Bodies Ltd [2017 at Liverpool Crown Court]
The Defendant manufactured bespoke lorries. An employee went onto the roof of the factory in order to carry out maintenance and fell through it sustaining serious injuries.

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HSE v M Baker Produce Ltd [2017 at Lincoln Magistrates]
The Defendant company operated a commercial farm which employed a number of seasonal workers. One of their employees was pulled into a piece of agricultural equipment sustaining injury.

HSE v TJSC Limited [ongoing at Exeter Crown Court]
The Defendant company is alleged to have breached sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after a cherry picker toppled over crushing an operative who later died.

Cavell v Transport for London (2015) EWHC 2283
The High Court dealt with the issue of admissions of liability.

HSE v Habitat Construction LLP (2014)
Fall on a building site; complainant paralyzed; inadequate safety systems in place.

HSE v TG Engineering Ltd (2014)
Machine tool manufacturer; flying parts causing injury (potential fatality).

Westminster City Council v Charalambous & Co (2013)
Falling object from height on hotel customer; life changing head injuries.

HSE v Rare Butchers of Distinction (2013)
Butcher causing laceration with cleaver; inappropriate gauntlet.

Wandsworth County Council v Rayners Catering Hire Ltd (2013)
Death of an employee; catastrophic brain injury; fall in a warehouse; incorrectly stacked equipment by visitor to premises.

HSE v Hampson (2012)
Gas explosion at residential property; prosecuted under Gas Safety (installation & Use) Regulations 1998; serious injuries to occupants and severe structural damage to property.

HSE v Aden Pro Form (2011)
Experienced machine operator injured arm in metal press machine.

HSE v Cambs Compressor Engineering Ltd (2010)
Employee fell from height; life changing injuries.

Re: Hicks (2011)
Representing family of deceased; decapitation at work on railways. Coroner's Court before a jury.

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Appointments & Memberships


Health and Safety Lawyers Association
Criminal Bar Association
Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists
Personal Injury Bar Association
London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association

Education & Qualifications


Manchester Metropolitan University, BVC
College of Law, PgDL
University of Manchester, Russian Studies BA (Hons)
Marlborough College, Wiltshire

Personal Interests


Married with children and lives in East London. Matthew enjoys motorcycling and keeping up to date with cinema when he can.