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 also am currently in the final stages of my doctorate at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

I am a private lawyer with research interests in legal history and modern property law. I am especially interested in the historical and theoretical foundations of uses, a medieval precursor to the modern trust. In particular, the relationship between conscience based uses and the common law of real property, statutory intervention concerning uses, and in the early doctrine surrounding implied uses and trusts. My work is also concerned with how a better understanding of the historical doctrine can inform modern debates in property law.

At Manchester, I teach both 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 Selden Society and the Society for Legal Scholars.


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

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