Mr Michael Singleton > Chambers of Elizabeth Isaacs KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Elizabeth Isaacs KC
St Ives Chambers
1-3 WHITTALL STREET
BIRMINGHAM
B4 6DH
England

Work Department

Mr Singleton is an experienced Barrister specialising in Housing, Regulatory and Personal Injury. 

Position

As Head of the Housing Practice Group, he has pioneered the development of Housing Law within Chambers.  

Michael is experienced in all aspects of housing law and related fields including possession claims, particularly those involving anti-social behaviour, tolerated trespassers and human rights issues.

Michael is also a Pupil Supervisor.

Career

Year of Call: 1987

Housing Law

As Head of the Housing Practice Group Michael pioneered the development of Housing Law within Chambers.  As such he is involved in all aspects of housing law and related fields, including:

  • Possession claims, particularly those involving anti-social behaviour, tolerated trespassers and human rights issues.
  • Injunctions under anti-social behaviour legislation, particularly where part of larger strategic objectives.
  • Disrepair, including claims under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
  • 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 specialist tenant advisers.

Michael also lectures on most aspects of Housing Law and is a Pupil Supervisor.

Notable Cases:

Birmingham CC v Pardoe [2016] EWHC 3119 (QB)

Birmingham CC v Ashton [2012] EWCA Civ 1557

Corby BC v Scott [2012] EWCA Civ 276

Birmingham CC v Frisby [2011] UKSC 8

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)

Knowsley HT v Revell [2003] EWCA Civ 496

Jones v Walsall MBC [2002] EWHC 1232 (Admin)

Hall v Kingston upon Hull CC [1999] 2 All ER 609

R v Dudley MC ex p Hollis [1997] 1043 EWHC (Admin)

Regulatory Law

Michael is experienced in regulatory claims, including:

  • Offences involving land and the control of property.
  • Considerable experience in claims for statutory nuisance.
  • Has acted for local authorities co-ordinating responses to attempts to overwhelm by issuing multiple statutory nuisance claims on the same day.
  • Unlawful eviction, planning enforcement and health and safety proceedings.
  • Acted for race track operators in a noise abatement appeal.
  • Recently prosecuted unlawful eviction trial in the Crown Court.
  • Defended a Housing Association in a prosecution brought under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 following a serious fire at one of its properties.

Notable Cases:

Tewkesbury BC v. Dennis Deacon [2003] EWHC 2544 (Admin)

Emma Jones v Walsall MBC [2002] EWHC 1232 (Admin)

Hall v Kingston upon Hull CC : Ireland v Birmingham CC [1999] 2 All ER 609.

R v Dudley Magistrates’ Court, ex parte Hollis: Hollis v Dudley MBC: Probert v Dudley MBC [1999] 1 WLR 642

Amos v Worcester CC [1996] EWHC (Admin) 32

Personal Injury

Michael has considerable experience in claims arising from occupation or use of property, including:

  • Acts for local authorities, housing associations, defendant insurers and claimants.
  • Particular experience in respiratory illnesses arising from environmental factors.
  • Regularly advises on claims for asthma alleged to be caused or exacerbated by poor housing conditions.

Notable Cases

Wells v Mutchmeats ltd & anor [2006] EWCA Civ 963

Recommendations:

Chambers & Partners 2019: “A walking encyclopaedia of housing knowledge.” “An expert in his field who has dealt with all manner of cases.”

Legal 500 2018:“His immense knowledge of housing law commands respect from the court.”

Chambers & Partners 2018:“Hard-working, very clever and a nice guy.” “He is the oracle of social housing. He is very experienced and has great knowledge. If he doesn’t know it, it isn’t worth knowing.”

Legal 500 2017:  “A walking encyclopaedia in social housing management.”

Chambers & Partners 2017:  Michael Singleton: Long-standing, esteemed member of this set who has recently demonstrated great insight and skill in matters pertaining to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. He is also distinguished by his regulatory work in areas such as unlawful eviction, planning enforcement and the Environmental Protection Act.

Strengths: “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.”

Recent work: Successfully defended Shepherds Bush Housing Association against a prosecution by a tenant alleging Statutory Nuisance based on damp and vermin infestation.

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

Legal 500 (2015): “Excellent in trials concerning anti-social behaviour and disrepair cases”

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.”

Languages

English

Memberships

Social Housing Law Association (Founder member)

Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health

Birmingham Medico Legal Society

Education

LLB (Hons) University of Leicester 1985

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Social housing

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Michael SingletonSt Ives Chambers ‘Michael is an excellent specialist to call on, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of housing law. He provides clear, concise advice and his practical approach to cases provides an invaluable service, particularly cases that need to be considered from a commercial perspective.’ 

St Ives Chambers is an ‘excellent set with a real in-depth expertise of housing law’ and handles matters related to anti-social behaviour, environmental protection act, nuisance, homelessness, and unlawful eviction. Michael Singleton heads the housing practice group and is handling a series of cases related to closure order of a council property to due to anti-social behaviour. Anya Newman is praised for her ‘fantastic advocacy and cross-examination skills’ and successfully brought an eviction order against an anti-social tenant.