Mr Ashley Hannay

Lecturer in Property Law

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Ashley joined Manchester in September 2021 from Queen Mary, University of London, where he was a Lecturer in Law. He read History as an undergraduate at the University of Lancaster before studying Law at the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge.

Ashley is a private lawyer with research interests in legal history and modern property law. He is especially interested in the historical and theoretical foundations of trusts, and their medieval precursor the use. Ashley's research also focuses on how a better understanding of the historical doctrine can inform modern debates in property law.

At Manchester, Ashley teaches both Property I (Equity) and Property II (Land Law). He previously taught Land Law and Equity at Queen Mary, and Land Law and Legal History at the University of Cambridge, where he was also co-convenor of the Cambridge Centre for English Legal History Seminar Series.

Ashley is a member of the Middle Temple, the Selden Society and the Society for Legal Scholars.


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

PhD in Law (ongoing) (University of Cambridge):

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

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