Matthews v. Ministry of Defence

Scope and Content

Papers and correspondence (chiefly with Cliff Poole of Bond Pearce LLP) over Alan Robert Matthews v. Ministry of Defence (MOD). Includes
- correspondence re National Forces Asbestos Outrage petition 2006
- copy of opinions of the Lords of appeal for judgement in Matthews v. Ministry of Defence, February 2003
- copy of judgement Matthews v. Ministry of Defence, High Court of Justice Queens Bench Division, 22 January 2002
- press coverage
Matthews claimed he had sustained personal injury caused by exposure to asbestos while serving in the Royal Navy 1955-1968. However, until 1987 the Crown enjoyed an immunity under section 10 Crown Proceedings Act 1947 from liability in tort for things done by members of the armed forces and for the nature or condition of land, premises, ships, aircraft or vehicles used for their purposes. The repeal (in 1987) of this provision did not help Matthews because it made tort claims possible only for events after 1987.

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Archivist's Note

Created by Anna-K Mayer, 21 March 2017

yet to be assessed for access restrictions/akm
[assessed and closed. R Jones Apr 2019]

Custodial History

From a lever arch file inscribed 'MOD | Matthews | Bond Pearce'

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