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Housing and Property

Michelle Caney


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(Year of Call 2004)

Joined Chambers: 2006


Birmingham University, LLB (Hons) Law.

Nottingham School of Law, BVC.


Michelle Caney is a specialist landlord and tenant practitioner. Michelle has a strong reputation in this field and has considerable experience representing and advising both landlords and tenants in all aspects of housing and property law.

In the commercial property sphere, Michelle has a broad range of experience in all aspects of commercial landlord and tenant practice (covering litigious, advisory and non-contentious work), and has been involved in a number of high value claims.

Michelle also practises in a number of traditional chancery areas, including real property, boundary disputes, easements, nuisance, trusts and cohabitation disputes

In the social housing context, Michelle is regularly instructed in multi-day, multi-handed possession, injunction and demotion claims, disrepair actions, statutory nuisance prosecutions, homelessness, succession and unlawful eviction claims. Michelle has particular expertise in cases involving human rights and capacity issues.

Michelle also appears in the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal regularly dealing with service charge disputes, right to manage claims and leasehold enfranchisement matters. She also deals with rent review matters before the Rent Assessment Panel.



Chambers & Partners 2017: "She's forensic in preparation, goes way above and beyond and has an utterly thorough grasp of every detail of the case." "Superb advocate with extremely detailed preparation in trials."

Legal 500 2016: "An excellent advocate, who is well respected by judges."

Chambers & Partners 2016: "Superb technical knowledge, confident authoritative manner with clients, and brilliant cross-examination." "She is incredibly conscientious. Nothing gets past her gaze."

Chambers & Partners 2015: "She is incredibly efficient and extremely organised. She is exceptionally thorough and knows her stuff inside out."

Legal 500 2014: ‘Her advocacy and cross-examination skills are superb.’

Chambers & Partners 2014: "Michelle is an outstanding and tenacious advocate respected by judges. She is able to quickly build rapport with clients, witnesses and instructing solicitors."

Legal 500 2012: Michelle Caney is ‘well prepared, eloquent and persuasive’.

Legal 500 2011: St Ives Chambers' leading housing law team includes Michelle Caney, who is 'hugely talented', 'consistently excellent and utterly reliable', and is praised for her 'immaculate preparation'.

Legal 500 2010: Michelle Caney, 'an incredibly dedicated, hardworking and gifted' junior, is 'down to earth, practical and excellent in both court and negotiations'.

Notable Cases:

Dunn v. (1) Katerina Allington T/A Property Pushers and (2) Property Pushers Limited [2014] EWHC 

- Complex commercial trial in the High Court in which Michelle secured judgment in excess of £740,000.

Wolverhampton City Council v. Shuttleworth [2012]  LTL 13/12/2013

- Michelle successfully appealed to the High Court on a novel point of law concerning introductory tenancies.

Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association v Vertigan [2010] EWCA Civ 1583

- Michelle successfully opposed an appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning residential possession proceedings.    

Further Information:

Training: Michelle regularly presents seminars and lectures within the above areas of expertise to local authorities, private solicitors, and other interested practitioners. Such talks can be arranged via the clerks and can be presented either within the dedicated facilities within chambers or at outside offices. CPD approval can be obtained if required.

Nominations / Scholarships / Awards:

Shortlisted for Birmingham Barrister of the Year 2010

Nominated for Birmingham Barrister of the Year 2009

Ede & Ravenscroft Prize - Winner, Middle Temple Mooting Competition 2004 Mooting Holiday to Malibu - Finalist, Middle Temple Mooting Competition 2004 Harmsworth Scholarship - Middle Temple 2004 Blackstones Entrance Exhibition - Middle Temple 2004 Campbell Foster Prize - Middle Temple 2003

Simmons & Simmons Commercial Law Prize - Birmingham University 2003

Mistress of the Moots - Finalist, Camm Cup Mooting Competition 2002


Property Bar Association

Midland Circuit Committee Member

Midlands Social Housing Law Association


 Deputy Head of the Housing and Property Group

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