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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, 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 legal historian working on the historical development of uses, a medieval precusor to the modern day trust, in the period from c. 1483-1529. His research focuses on Inns of Court readings, records of litigation in the Courts of Chancery and Common Pleas as well as consideration of how uses worked in practice outside of litigation in conveyances and wills.


Dr Neil Jones

Prof. David Ibbetson

Representative Publications

Conference Papers

'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