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Education CV


B.A (hons) (Lancaster) (First Class); Dip. Law; LL.M by Research (Edin.) (Distinction); Barrister (Middle Temple).

Prizes & Scholarships

2017-20: The Milsom Studentship in English Legal History (Selden Society, Ph.D);

2014-16: 3-4 South Square Chambers Scholarship (Middle Temple, BPTC);

2014-16: The Dean's Award (Northumbria Law School, BPTC);

2013-14: Tercentenary Award for Excellence (Edinburgh Law School, LL.M).

Academic & Teaching

2018- : Convenor Centre for English Legal History Seminar;

2018- : Supervisor in Land Law and Legal History;

2018- : Teaching Associate in Land Law, and Equity, Queen Mary University of London.

Fields of research

English Legal History;

Equity and Trusts;

Land Law.


Uses in the Later Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries: Legislation, Learning and Litigation


Ashley is a private lawyer whose research focuses on the historical development of trust law, particularly trusts of land. He is especially interested in the historical development of uses, a medieval precusor to the modern day trust. Ashley's doctoral thesis is centred on legislation, the contemporary learning of the profession, known as common erudation, and litigation relating to uses from the 1480s up to the Statute of Uses (1536).


Dr Neil Jones

Prof. David Ibbetson

Start Date

Oct 2017




"'By fraud and collusion': Feudal Revenue and Enforecement of the Statute of Marlborough, 1267-1529" Journal of Legal History 42 (2021)

Journal of Legal History 42 (2021)
Published: Forthcoming