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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- : Co-Convenor Centre for English Legal History;

2018- : Supervisor in Land Law and Legal History;

2018- : Teaching Associate in Land Law & 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: Doctrine and Practice.


Ashley is a private lawyer whose research focuses on the historical development of trust law. He is particularly interested in the historical development of uses, a medieval precusor to the modern day trust, in the period from c. 1483-1529. Ashley's doctoral thesis touches on legislation, litigation and practice relating to uses in this period, with particular focus on the statute 1 Ric. III, c. 1 (1484) and the doctrinal development of uses up to the Statute of Uses (1536).


Dr Neil Jones

Prof. David Ibbetson

Representative Publications

'Early Tudor Revenue and the Statute of Marlborough', paper to be presented to the Cambridge Centre for English Legal History (Michaelmas, 2019).

''By fraud and collusion': Early Tudor Inquisitions Post Mortem & the Statute of Marlborough', paper presented to the Oxford Legal History Form (Easter, 2019).

'Uses and the Statute of Richard III', paper presented to the 'Comparative Legal History 1050-1650' conference at the Institute of Constitutional and Legal Research, University of St Andrews, 2018.

'The Legal Reforms of King Richard III', paper presented to the 39th Fifteenth Century Conference, 2018 (Paper awarded the Richard III Society Bursary).

'The Wars of the Roses and the Historical Development of Trust Law', paper presented to the Society of Legal Scholars Graduate Conference 2018.

Start Date

Oct 2017