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

Matthew is often instructed by corporate entities and insurers to represent defendant companies and/or directors in health and safety, fire safety, food safety and environmental prosecutions, many of which involve complex technical issues and expert evidence. Many of these cases are heard at the Crown Court and at appeal. In addition, he provides advice on corporate governance issues including bribery and corruption.

Notable court cases include:

HSE v TJ Smith [2018 at Exeter Crown Court; Patrick Harrington QC leading] This case involved a health and safety prosecution involving a fatality where abuse of process was argued. The employer used mobile elevated work platforms to raise up members of staff up to 30 metres high to carry out redecoration works. Two workers were in the process of doing this when the vehicle supporting the elevated work platform collapsed. One worker was thrown clear of the accident while the other was crushed to death. Matthew argued at first instance that his client should not be prosecuted on their own as a fault had been identified in the machine that was deemed repaired by an independent specialist and certified as safe to operate. Just three weeks after the certification the incident occurred. The case went to a two week trial at Exeter Crown Court with Patrick Harrington QC leading Matthew. The family of the deceased pursued a civil claim for which Matthew drafted the pleadings. Andrew Peebles, also of Farrar’s Building acted at the Inquest and at the joint settlement meeting.

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HSE v Bespoke Bodies [2017 at Liverpool Crown Court] Matthew acted for coach building company after an investigation by the HSE found that it had not properly supervised work at height activity following an accident where an apprentice fell through a roof he was working on and was seriously injured. The HSE also found the company failed to identify the risks associated with working at height and working on fragile surfaces.
The company was charged for breaches of Regulation 3 (1) (a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Redcar and Cleveland BC v Baketime Ltd [2017 at Middleborough Magistrates] An international biscuit manufacturer who manufactured own brand biscuits for a number of supermarkets, including Aldi, was prosecuted for food hygiene breaches due to a number of rodents found on the premises.

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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.

Darlington BC v Aldi Stores Limited and Wilkinson Maintenance Limited [2016 Middleborough Crown Court] Matthew represented a contractor who was contracted by Aldi to carry out building works. During the works, an unsecured smoking shelter was caught by gust of wind injuring an employee. Both Aldi and the contractor were prosecuted for health and safety offences. Matthew co-defended with Richard Matthew QC, who represented Aldi Stores.

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

HSE v Brims Construction Ltd [2015 at Newcastle Crown Court] Fall on a building site through a void in a roof. The complainant survived with serious injuries.

HSE v Habitat Construction LLP [2014 at Southwark Crown Court] The case involved a fall on a building site. The complainant was paralyzed. It transpired inadequate safety systems were in place

HSE v HIS Energy [2014 at Manchester Crown Court] The Defendant company operated a cavity wall insulation business. One of their employees inadvertently drilled into a chimney flue for a gas boiler. One of the occupants of the premises died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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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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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


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.