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

Health & Safety

Regularly instructed to defend companies or their directors, Matthew has a significant experience in this area.

  • Acts for directors and defendant companies prosecuted under Health and Safety, Food Safety and Environmental legislation
  • Cases usually involve complex technical issues and expert evidence
  • Appears in Crown, Magistrates and Coroners courts at trial, interlocutory and sentencing stages
  • Provides advice in conference and in writing.

Notable cases include:

Darlington BC v Aldi Stores Limited and Wilkinson Maintenance Limited [2016] Unsecured smoking shelter caught by gust of wind injuring an employee.

 HSE v Spa Laminates [2015] Injuries caused by fork lift truck at manufacturing plant.

 HSE v Brims Construction Ltd [2015] Fall on a building site through a void in a roof.

 HSE v Steele & Bray [2015] Breach of regulation 4(1) of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 whereby it was alleged that the defendant failed to ensure that suitable personal protective equipment was provided to two contractors.

 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 Limited [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: Bennett [2014] (Coroner’s Court) Representing driver involved in fatal RTA

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

Re: Edge [2010] (Coroner’s Court before a jury) Defendant scaffolding company; fall from height; causation of fatality (pineal cyst)

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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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If you would like to instruct Matthew Kerruish-Jones or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by senior clerk Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

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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.