Michelle Caney

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Michelle Caney is a specialist Business and Property practitioner, with a particular focus on real property and commercial property litigation.  She also has a national reputation and extensive experience in the field of social housing.

Michelle is consistently recommended in the directories in which she is praised for being “technically brilliant”, “exceptionally hardworking” and “exemplary in terms of client care, trial preparation and advocacy skills”.

Michelle is a “a go-to property litigator” who “punches well above her year of call”.


Birmingham University, LLB (Hons) Law.

Nottingham School of Law, BVC.


Midland Circuit

Social Housing Law Association


Chambers & Partners 2020: “She is exceptional – very thorough and approachable.”

Legal 500 2019: “An excellent all-rounder.”

Legal 500 2019: “Has an encyclopaedic knowledge of housing law.”

Chambers & Partners 2019: “Very bright and gets on well with clients. She is good at guiding them through the case and is very thorough.” “A very good advocate.”

Chambers & Partners 2019: “Exemplary in terms of client care, trial preparation and advocacy skills.” “An exceptional barrister with a breadth of knowledge on all aspects of social housing.”

Legal 500 2018: “Exceptionally hardworking and punches well above her year of call.”

Legal 500 2018: “A go-to property litigator.”

Chambers & Partners 2018:  “Technically brilliant and thorough. No stone is left unturned. She is meticulous with her preparation.” “A superb advocate who is fantastic with witnesses.”

Chambers & Partners 2018: “She provides comprehensive advice, makes clear points and always addresses all the points put to her.” “She is exceptionally hard-working and very clever.”

Legal 500 2017:  “Beneath her cool, calm exterior is a fiery, formidable opponent.”

Legal 500 2017: “She makes vulnerable witnesses feel at ease.”

Chambers & Partners 2017: “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.”

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.”

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

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

Legal 500 2014: “She has wide-ranging commercial and Chancery expertise.”

Chambers & Partners 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 2013: “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: St Ives Chambers is “an excellent specialist housing set”.  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.”


Awards and Scholarships

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

Further Information

Seminars and Training

Michelle regularly presents seminars and lectures within her areas of expertise.  Such talks can be arranged via the clerks and can be presented at the dedicated facilities within chambers or externally. CPD approval can be obtained if required.

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