Mr Ashley Hannay

Lecturer in Property Law

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I joined Manchester in September 2021 from Queen Mary, University of London, where I was a Lecturer in Law. I read History as an undergraduate at the University of Lancaster before studying Law at the University of Edinburgh and Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 2017 I was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Middle Temple.

I am a doctrinal private lawyer with research interests in legal history, equity, trusts and land. My doctorate considered the historical and theoretical foundation of uses, a precursor to the modern trust, in the later fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. I am currently working on a monograph based on my doctoral thesis, as well as further work on late medieval legal education, and the concept of conscience in modern equity.

At Manchester, I am LLB Programme Director (Years 2 and 3), and teach Property I (Equity) and Property II (Land Law). I previously taught Land Law and Equity at Queen Mary, and Land Law and Legal History at the University of Cambridge, where I was also co-convenor of the Cambridge Centre for English Legal History Seminar Series.

I am a member of the Mancester Centre for Law and Business, the Manchester Business and Property Courts Forum, the Selden Society, the Middle Temple and the Society for Legal Scholars. In 2022, with colleagues at Liverpool and Lancaster, I founded the Northern Legal History Group.


BA (Hons) (Lancaster) (First Class); Dip. Law; LLM (Edin.) (Distinction); Barrister (Middle Temple).

PhD in Law (University of Cambridge) (sumbitted June 2022):

'Uses in the Late Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries'.

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