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Human Rights and Public Law

Michelle Caney


Clerk Enquiries:


(Year of Call 2004)

Joined Chambers: 2006


Birmingham University, LLB (Hons) Law.

Nottingham School of Law, BVC


Michelle Caney's judicial review practice is steadily growing out of her already strong landlord and tenant and anti-social behaviour practice. Michelle has particular expertise dealing with challenges to the decision of a Local Authority to issue possession proceedings against an introductory tenant. This is a particularly difficult and contentious area at present in light of the recent decision in Frisby v Birmingham City Council [2010] EWCA Civ 336.

Michelle is also experienced in judicial review claims involving the interplay between the community care legislation and the obligations of a local housing authority or housing association.



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] 

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

Bousefield v. Mitchell [2013] 

- Boundary dispute in the High Court in which Michelle persuaded the Court to grant indemnity costs.  

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.

Arena Coventry Limited v. Coventry City Football Club Limited [2012]

- High profile litigation in the High Court involving Coventry City Football Club.

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 within her areas of expertise, either alone or with other members of Chambers. 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


Midland Circuit

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