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Ashley Blood-Halvorsen

Year of Call: 2017
Email Address: ashley.halvorsen@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 0121 289 4333

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Overview

Ashley Blood-Halvorsen specialises in business and property disputes with particular emphasis in property and estates, contentious probate and commercial litigation.

She is down to earth, approachable and connects well with lay clients who are often appearing in court for the first time. Part of her customer service offering is being responsive and providing advice that is straight to the point.

Ashley is a prize winning barrister, having been awarded both the Nicholas Pumfrey Memorial Scholarship and the Blackstone Entrance Scholarship by Middle Temple, and the Dean’s Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) Scholarship. In addition, she won the Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize as the best Middle Temple student on the BPTC at her centre.

Publications

Clawing Back the Cash — The Test for Permission to Challenge a Trustee in Bankruptcy's Remuneration — A Look at Singh v Hicken
Article published on Feb 11, 2019 in the Corporate Rescue and Insolvency Journal - Citation: (2019) 1 CRI 8. Authors: James Davies and Ashley Blood-Halvorsen

Cannabis: A look at sweeping global change
Published in June 2019 as a paper for the working party of the Society of Conservative Lawyers. Forward written by Victoria Prentis MP.

Ashley is a guest editor of the Surveyors chapter of the Encyclopaedia of Professional Partnerships by Sweet & Maxwell.

Academia

Ashley read history at the University of Toronto, where she specialised in the history of religion. She relocated to England in 2011 to study law and graduated top of her class, winning the Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize as the top performing final year student. During her law degree she spent a summer studying civil law in France at Paris II-Panthéon Assas University (Sorbonne). She was awarded a scholarship from the Fondation pour le Droit Continental to attend.

Interests

Outside work, Ashley’s varied interests include Jewish apocalyptic literature, Freddie Mercury and day trading stocks on listed exchanges.

Commercial

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.

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. She has advised regarding applications for the rectification of the register.  Ashley is a guest editor of the Surveyors chapter of the Encyclopedia of Professional Partnerships by Sweet & Maxwell.

Contract disputes

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, applications for relief from sanction, CCMC hearings and pre-trial reviews.

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 [2018] 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.

  • Recommendations

    “Thanks very much for the advice.  Please pass on my thanks to counsel – prompt, straight to the point, clear and professionally done.”

    Oxfordshire Solicitor

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Academic qualifications

  • 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

Scholarships

  • 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

Professional bodies

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • STEP (Affiliate)