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


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, acted as disclosure counsel to the Serious Fraud Office and been led in a number of cases by Queen’s Counsel.

Notable cases include:

R v Colledge [2016] Defending a motorist who suffered a blackout at the wheel and accused of causing death by dangerous driving. Successfully argued that the defendant suffered from insane automatism as a result of his blackout. Led by Douglas Day QC.

R v Mitzman [2016] 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] 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] Successfully defended a motorist charged with causing death by careless driving who came into collision with an oncoming motorcyclist.

R v Blake [2015] Defended a motorist who caused the death of a cyclist on a roundabout.

Appeal of M (CA) [2014] Disclosure and PII; reference by Criminal Case Review Commission; rape

R v S [2014] Causing death by careless driving; speeding motorcyclist killed

R v S [2014] Serious injury by dangerous driving; collision with pedestrian on zebra crossing

R v Howard [2014] Assault by beating; domestic violence

R v Grant [2013] Dangerous driving; collision with police motorcyclist

 R v Tottman & Others [2012] Multi handed conspiracy to steal metal from railways

R v Knight [2012] Causing death by careless driving; distracted by wasp inside car; phobias

R v Cleal [2012] Causing death by careless driving; death of motorcyclist; under the influence of alcohol; sleeping at the wheel

 R v Clarke [2011] Causing death by dangerous driving; hypoglycaemic attack whilst driving

 Re: INL01 [2010-2012] Instructed by SFO; fraudulent trading; legal expenses insurer fraud circa £75 million

R v Prince [2009] “confidence fraud” against lottery millionaire depriving victim of approximately £700,000; confiscation hearing

R v Adamson [2007] Insolvency Act offences; money laundering; fraudulent trading; “jet set” lifestyle; appeal to CA; confiscation hearing

R v Young & Ors [2007] Conspiracy to defraud GMP; civilian counter clerk accepting invalid documents

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Notable Cases

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).

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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

  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Health & Safety Lawyers Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • London Common Law

Education & Qualifications

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

Personal Interests

Married with children and lives in East London. Matthew enjoys skiing, motorcycling and cinema.