Michael Singleton

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

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.


LLB (Hons) University of Leicester 1985


Social Housing Law Association (Founder member)

Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health

Birmingham Medico Legal Society


Chambers and Partners 2023: “Michael Singleton has a positively encyclopedic knowledge of housing law. He is vastly experienced and a brilliant advocate.” “Advice is thorough, well analysed and appropriate. He is very well informed and well read in a vast array of civil litigation matters.” “Michael is technically excellent and good for complex cases.”

Legal 500 2023: “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.”

Chambers & Partners 2022: “He is very knowledgeable and a safe, trusted pair of hands.” “Michael is very experienced and very pragmatic. His advice is clear and concise and structured.”

Legal 500 2022: “Excellent working knowledge of all aspects of housing law. The go to person in complicated cases.”

Chambers and Partners 2021: “He is a housing encyclopedia on legs. There isn’t much he hasn’t seen in his career.” “He is well respected by the judiciary, an authority on all housing matters and great on complex litigious matters in person.”

Legal 500 2021: “Precise and to the point in pleadings, excellent both on paper and in court.”

Chambers & Partners 2020: “If Michael doesn’t know about it, it’s not worth knowing. He has an exceptional understanding of the area of law around social housing management.” “Very conscientious and hard-working.”

Legal 500 2019: “Adept at handling complex cases.”

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.”


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