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Housing and Property

Michael Singleton


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(Year of Call 1987)

Joined Chambers: 1989


LLB (Hons) University of Leicester 1985


Head of the Housing & Property Group.

Practice: All aspects of housing law and related fields.

Has considerable experience in claims arising from stock transfers.

Possession claims, particularly those involving anti-social behaviour, tolerated trespassers and human rights issues.

Disrepair, including claims under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Has acted for local authorities co-ordinating responses to attempts to overwhelm by issuing multiple claims on the same day.

Regulatory work including Environmental Protection Act 1990, unlawful eviction, planning enforcement and health and safety proceedings.

Regularly instructed by and on behalf of local authorities, housing associations and by some specialist tenant advisers.



Chambers & Partners 2017: "Excellent with difficult defendants, thorough on complex legal issues and dogged in court." "An absolute specialist in his area, he knows the whole range of issues in housing law and his knowledge of case law is second to none."

Legal 500 2016: "He has a complete knowledge of all aspects of housing litigation and the relevant case law."

Chambers & Partners 2016: "He has a phenomenal amount of knowledge of the law and the housing sector." "His advocacy skills are excellent."

Chambers & Partners 2015: "He is a good analytical lawyer and very careful. He does his research thoroughly. He is robust but always fair and appropriate. Nothing gets past him. He has a great eye for detail."

Legal 500 2014: 'He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of housing law.’

Chambers & Partners 2014: "He is quite robust and able to lead the judges through the evidence. He can take the client's instructions confidently and deal with all necessary issues, sometimes even without preparation notes." "Michael's expertise and knowledge of housing law are exemplary."

Legal 500 2013: St Ives Chambers’ Michael Singleton is ‘undoubtedly one of the most knowledgeable housing barristers in the Midlands’.

Chambers & Partners 2013: Michael Singleton of St Ives Chambers frequently represents both claimants and defendants, and is praised as being "down-to-earth, practical and sensible." He appeared in Birmingham City Council v Lee Frisby, a Supreme Court case seeking to establish the parameters of the proportionality based defense.

Legal 500 2012: St Ives Chambers is ‘an excellent specialist housing set’, and led by the ‘very effective and experienced’ Michael Singleton.

Chambers & Partners 2012: Michael Singleton of St Ives Chambers is instructing solicitors' "heavyweight choice on matters with messy legal issues attached to them." An effective advocate and a "desperately useful junior," he is valued for his "succinct advice on tricky issues."

Legal 500 2011: The "excellent" Michael Singleton, whose "reputation as a leading housing barrister is well deserved.

Chambers and Partners 2011: "The "brilliant and authoritative" Michael Singleton of St Ives Chambers in Birmingham commands a wealth of respect for his experience in the sector."

Legal 500: "Michael Singleton's specialist, in-depth knowledge of housing law, and his preparation of cases, are most impressive."

Notable Cases:

Birmingham CC v Frisby [2010] EWCA Civ 326

Knowsley HT v White [2008] UKHL 70

Porter v Shepherds Bush HA [2008] EWCA Civ 196

O'Neill v Sandwell MBC [2007] EWHC 3004 (QB)

Further Information:

Lectures on most aspects of Housing Law.

Pupil Supervisor.


Social Housing Law Association (Founder member)

Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health

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