Michael Singleton

Call - 1987
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Awards

Regulatory

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

 

Qualifications

LLB (Hons) University of Leicester 1985

Memberships

Social Housing Law Association (Founder member)

Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health

Birmingham Medico Legal Society

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.”

Publications

Guidance Notes to The Community Harm Statement (Chartered Institute of Housing).

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