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Chancery, Commercial and Insolvency

Michelle Caney


Clerk Enquiries:


(Year of Call 2004)

Joined Chambers: 2006


Birmingham University, LLB (Hons) Law.

Nottingham School of Law, BVC.


Michelle Caney is a specialist chancery and commercial practitioner, with a particular focus on property litigation.

Michelle has a strong reputation in the field and is consistently recommended in the directories, which praise her “superb technical knowledge, confident authoritative manner with clients , and brilliant cross-examination”. Recognised as being an “outstanding and tenacious advocate”, Michelle fights her client’s corner robustly, whilst managing their expectations sensitively.  Michelle has extensive experience and is regularly instructed in complex, high value litigation above her level of call.

In addition to her court work, Michelle has a busy paperwork practice and is commended for her immaculate preparation and “thorough grasp of every detail” of each case.  In an advisory capacity , Michelle is commercial and pragmatic, always keeping her client’s key objectives and proportionality at the forefront of her mind.

Michelle’s areas of expertise include:


·         Adverse possession

·         Boundary disputes

·         Easements

·         Nuisance

·         Restrictive covenants

·         Rectified claims

·         Trespass

·         Trusts of land and equitable interests

·         Professional negligence


·         Banking and finance

·         Contractual disputes

·         Construction claims, including Asbestos related litigation

·         Business lease and renewals and terminations

·         Forfeiture

·         Dilapidations

·         Partnership disputes

·         Mortgages and guarantees



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

“An excellent advocate, who is well respected by judges.” Legal 500 2016

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

"Her advocacy and cross-examination skills are superb." "She is always incredibly well prepared for conferences and hearings." Legal 500 2015

"She is an excellent advocate. She doesn't miss anything, and she puts up a very good fight." "She is an absolute professional, is always well prepared and always manages to know how to treat difficult defendants." Chambers and Partners 2015

"She is incredibly efficient and extremely organised." "She is exceptionally thorough and knows her stuff inside out." Chambers & Partners 2014

"She has wide-ranging commercial and Chancery expertise." Legal 500 2014

"She listens to her clients carefully and does what they want her to do. She will fight tooth and nail if she feels it is a good case to argue." "Technically she is excellent, but she is also down to earth, which is crucial with social housing." 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." Chambers and Partners 2013

St Ives Chambers is ‘an excellent specialist housing set’.  Michelle Caney is ‘well prepared, eloquent and persuasive’. Legal 500 2012

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 2011

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

Notable Cases:

Midland Heart Limited v. Grant [2016] - Appeal concerning the correct application of the refined test set out by the Supreme Court in Akerman-Liverstone v. Aster Communities Limited [2015] UKSC 15 where a landlord is asking a court to summarily dismiss a disability discrimination defence.

(1) Rehman and (1) Rehman v. Ali and Others [2015] EWHC - High Court claim concerning the ownership of a Mosque, which was alleged to be held on a charitable trust for the benefit of the community.  Michelle successfully represented the legal owners and secured a possession order following a 17 day trial.

Dunn v. (1) Katerina Allington T/A Property Pushers and (2) Property Pushers Limited [2014] EWHC - Complex commercial trial in the High Court involving a property development company 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.

Arena Coventry Limited v. Coventry City Football Club Limited [2012] - High profile litigation in the High Court involving Coventry City Football Club.

Further Information:


Michelle regularly presents seminars within the above 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

Property Bar Association

Social Housing Law Association

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