Clinical negligence specialist Matthew is a senior supervisor working out of Thompsons Solicitors’ Cardiff branch.
As well as handling cases throughout the South West of England and Wales, Matthew, who has been solicitor since 2008, supervises junior colleagues on Thompsons’ medical negligence team.
Matthew is one of only 15 solicitors in Wales to be an accredited member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel. The accreditation is awarded to solicitors who have achieved the required level of competence and knowledge in the field of clinical negligence law and who demonstrate conformity to a best practice quality mark that prospective clients can trust.
Matthew’s caseload predominantly features high-value clinical negligence cases where clients have suffered life changing injuries, such as cases involving multiple amputations, brain injuries (including those suffered at birth) and cases where people have died as a result of poor treatment. Matthew also represents clients seeking justice for delayed diagnoses or misdiagnoses of cancers or strokes.
In addition, Matthew works on behalf of clients who have suffered as a result of receiving a mesh implant and he has experience representing clients at inquests and helping families through the inquest process, recognising that it can be an emotionally challenging time for clients and their loved ones.
Before moving to his current role, Matthew managed a large team of clinical negligence case handlers, providing them with supervision and advice on a range of claims, including for surgical errors, delays in diagnosis of various conditions and injuries, dental claims and cases that fell within the purview of the NHS Redress Scheme in Wales.
Proud of Thompsons’ proven track record in clinical negligence law, Matthew believes in the firm’s ethos of standing up for those injured through no fault of their own and its unique commitment to seeking justice through both legal work and public campaigns.
In his spare time, Matthew enjoys spending time with his young family, participating in charity events and keeping active by running half marathons.
Matthew's case experience
Medical negligence claim: Matthew represented the family of a person who sadly took their own life whilst a patient in hospital. The claim addressed issues of what reasonable precautions should have been taken to protect patients who present at hospital with a history of self-harm or where a patient may pose a risk to themselves. Matthew was able to obtain evidence to demonstrate that in this case insufficient precautions had been taken by the hospital staff to reduce the risk of the patient taking their own life. The case settled in favour of the patient’s family.
Clinical negligence claim: Matthew represented a client who had suffered an injury to one of their lower limbs whilst in hospital. The injury needed to be surgically treated and left the client with significant mobility problems. The client’s mobility problems were such that it led to them taking early retirement. The client owned a business and the case involved complex calculations regarding the client’s loss of future profit and the impact on their pension as a result of being forced to take early retirement. The case settled for a six figure sum.
Matthew is member of the Law Society's Clinical Negligence Panel.
Praise from the Legal 500, 2021: "Matthew is 'wonderful', a 'rising star in clinical negligence' in the firm that is well-versed at handling clinical negligence claims (including those involving brain injuries and amputations) for union members and private clients."
Matthew’s former client said: "I was very pleased with everything. I cannot thank you enough. Matthew Jones was excellent. Thanks a million."
Another of Matthew’s former clients said: "I have been very satisfied and made to feel valued and respected in all correspondence (speaking and writing)."