Ashley has interests in stock and shares particularly those listed on public exchanges. Before coming to the bar she worked for three years in regulatory compliance for Thomson Reuters. Her work was focused on financial regulation including FSMA and the Credit Consumer Act. She also has experience in data protection regulation.
Recent 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.
Asset and tax law
Her practice includes applications for adjournment and the hearing of permission to appeal late in the first tier tax tribunal for self assessment.
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 Encyclopaedia of Professional Partnerships by Sweet & Maxwell.
Ashley regularly appears in breach of contract matters ranging from the formation of contracts to repudiatory breaches. She has experience with agency agreements, sale of goods and business broker sale agreements. She has successfully argued the meaning of ‘introduction’ for a claimant in a breach of contract dispute.
She is particularly interested in the formation of contracts including ostensible, implied, and apparent authority. She recently advised on such matters against a well-known fintech company.
Other experience relating to formation includes jurisdictional disputes and governing law clauses particularly between parties in England and Scotland.
She is currently advising on business interruption claims which involve the interpretation of insurance policies and causal analysis.
Her practice also includes the recovery of goods provided on financing where there was a counter claim pursuant to the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
Recently she successful obtained a strike out against a litigant in person claimant in a multi-track dispute.
Ashley regularly drafts statements of case including particulars of claim and defences.
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.
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.
Ashley has worked in numerous industries ranging from real estate to automotive and was a self-employed wedding photographer whilst a student in Canada. Ashley is exceptionally commercial having co-owned a legal business specialising in social security and employment law. As business development director, she significantly increased the number of charitable partners working with the business putting specialist advocacy services within the reach of a million people.
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 offering advice that is straight to the point. An Oxfordshire Solicitor recently wrote:
“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
Chancery Bar Association