Financial Services regulation
Prior to completing pupillage with 3PB Barristers, Ashley Blood-Halvorsen had a career at Thomson Reuters working primarily in regulatory compliance with an emphasis on financial services industry. Her work encompassed both UK and EU legislation. Her experience includes FSMA 2000, Solvency II Directive and the Credit Consumer Act 1974.
She has experience representing banks defending PPI claims brought on a section 140A CCA 1974 ‘unfair relationship’ basis which often involve arguments over limitation. Ashley also has experience in timeshare litigation also pursued under the unfair relationship jurisdiction.
Recent other experience includes:
- an advice regarding a decision made by the Financial Ombudsman Service and the application of the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 1930 and 2010.
- advising a non-EEA company regarding authorised push payment fraud which involved the consideration of consumer regulatory regimes and the revised Wire Transfer Regulations.
Her practice includes advising on Financial Ombudsman Service compensation and the application of the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 1930 and 2010.
Company / Partnership law and disputes
She appears in applications seeking rectification of the company register. Ashley is a guest editor of the Surveyors chapter of the Encyclopedia of Professional Partnerships by Sweet & Maxwell.
Ashley has particular expertise in the formation and the interpretation of contracts. She also has a specific interest in matters which allege repudiatory breaches. Other experience relating to formation includes jurisdictional disputes and governing law clauses particularly between parties in England and Scotland.
She has specific experience with agency agreements including business broker sale agreements and estate agents. She has successfully argued the meaning of ‘introduction’ for a claimant in a breach of contract dispute.
Her experience includes proceedings that involve ostensible, implied, and apparent authority. She recently advised on such matters against a well-known fintech company.
She is currently advising on business interruption claims which involve the interpretation of insurance policies and causal analysis.
Recently she successful obtained a strike out against a litigant in person claimant in a multi-track dispute. Ashley regularly appears in procedural matters including interim applications, relief from sanctions, CCMC hearings and pre-trial reviews.
Data Protection and GDPR
Whilst at Thomson Reuters Ashley worked with global data protection legislation including the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018. She was involved in the testing of artificial intelligence (IBM Watson) in solving data protection queries.
She recently advised on the quantum of a dispute with a local authority relating to a data breach.
Insolvency and bankruptcy
Ashley regularly appears in insolvency hearings such as the winders, bankruptcy hearings, costs arising out of those hearing and application to set aside statutory demands. She successfully appealed a summary judgment on behalf of a bank based in Abu Dhabi.
Her insolvency experience includes applications to annul a bankruptcy order in the context of financial remedies in family proceedings.
During her pupillage she assisted her supervisor in the reported case of Singh v Hicken  EWHC 3277 (Ch) who represented Mr Hicken. Singh v Hicken concerned a challenge to trustee’s remuneration. Mr Justice Nugee considered the approach to be adopted to such applications, including the applicability of the provisions in the Insolvency Practice Direction dealing with remuneration applications.
“Thanks very much for the advice. Please pass on my thanks to counsel – prompt, straight to the point, clear and professionally done.”
- Law (LLB) 1st Class, University of Derby
- BA (Hons) History (Religion), University of Toronto, Canada
- BPTC (BPP University) Very Competent 2017
- Certificate in Civil Law, Paris II-Panthéon Assas University 2012
- Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize, Middle Temple 2018
- Leeds Medico-Legal Society Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Prize 2017
- Dean’s BPTC Scholarship 2015
- Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize 2014
- Nicholas Pumfrey Memorial Scholarship, Middle Temple 2014
- Blackstone Entrance Scholarship, Middle Temple 2014
- Land Law Prize, UoD 2013
- Scholarship, Fondation pour le Droit Continental 2012
- Chancery Bar Association
- STEP (Affiliate)