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’s practice has an emphasis on regulatory prosecutions, fatal road traffic prosecutions, inquests, personal injury, general chancery and commercial matters.

Matthew is also an Associate Tenant at Linenhall Chambers in Chester.

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)

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, 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

Trusts & Probate

Matthew has a developing interest in contentious probate and estates work. He is an associate member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (“ACTAPS”).

He is able to offer advice in the following areas:

  • Challenging wills and the associated procedures.
  • Claims under the Inheritance Provision for Family and Dependants Act 1975 including:
  • The statutory basis of an application
  • Claims against Personal Representatives.
  • Mental Capacity issues including:
    • Testamentary capacity
    • Enduring powers of attorney
    • Lasting powers of attorney
    • Decision making and deputies
    • Statutory wills
    • Capacity to marry of form a civil partnership
    • Capacity to make lifetime gifts
  • Trust disputes generally
    • Is there a trust?
    • Breach of trust
    • Aspects of remedial action
    • Defences to allegations of breach of trust
    • Avoiding a breach of trust
    • Protectors

Personal Injury

Matthew regularly acts for Defendants and carries out work in all areas of the Personal Injury field. He acts for a number of local authorities, insurers and public bodies. He regularly defends high value cases and undertakes Joint Settlement discussions.

Examples of recent notable cases include:

Cavell v Transport for London [2015] EWHC 2283

Public Inquiries

Matthew often is instructed to represent the interests of employers, motorists and interested parties in inquests. He is well versed in the practice and procedures of coronial law. In particular, he represents parties who are at risk of facing criminal prosecutions pending the outcome of an inquest. He is all too aware of the risks faced by individuals and companies alike who find themselves under investigation.

Commercial

Matthew regularly provides written advice to clients in a range of commercial disputes. In addition, he represents claimants and defendants on multi track disputes in a variety of cases such as breach of contract claims and disputes arising out of insurance contracts. He is particularly experienced in settling “difficult” claims.

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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.