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.
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
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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.
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.
Outside work, Ashley’s varied interests include Jewish apocalyptic literature, Freddie Mercury and day trading stocks on listed exchanges.
Property and Estates
Ashley Blood-Halvorsen specialises in business and property disputes with particular emphasis in property & estates and contentious probate.
Read more about Ashley's expertise in her specialist profiles below.
Probate and Estates
Ashley has a particular interest in all aspects of probate and estates work, advising and representing individuals. Before qualifying as a barrister, she spent some time working for a firm tracing beneficiaries to estates. She is currently a STEP Affiliate.
Recent cases include:
- Obtaining a freezing injunction in relation to monies arising out of a sale of a trust property.
- Drafting a particulars of claim regarding breach of trust in the sale of a property from an estate.
- Advising on the removal of trustees and executors.
- Providing advice regarding a beneficiaries entitlement to commence possession proceedings regarding a residential property.
- Advising claimants regarding inheritance act claims by:
- adult children and those who were maintained by the deceased;
- cohabitees of the deceased;
- spouses of a polygamous marriage entered into outside of England and Wales.
She can provide quantum advices for infant settlement hearings when a compromise has been made on behalf of minor children in Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims.
Re Estate of GB
Advised, and drafted particulars of claim regarding a breach of trust, fiduciary duty, devastavit and fraud of an executor. Ashley subsequently successfully represented the Claimants in a summary judgment application in the High Court.
Re Estate of JC
Part 8 proceedings regarding the construction of a clause in a will and whether or not a trust is properly constituted.
Re Estate of EJ
Advising an executor regarding potential claims on the estate from a beneficiary in Australia.
Re Estate of MS
Advising an executor regarding a 1975 claim from a polygamous wife with a severely disabled child.
Re Estate of KS
Representing the adult child who was maintained by the deceased in 1975 proceedings.
Re Estate of PB
Advised in a 1975 claim involving a cohabitee and a separated spouse. Questions over what formed part of the net estate.
She is willing to consider matters on a Conditional Fee Arrangement in appropriate cases.
Commercial Landlord and Tenant
Ashley Blood-Halvorsen accepts instructions on behalf of both landlords and tenants and has experience in dealing with possession and forfeiture claims, and injunctive relief. Recent work includes:
- Advising on lease extensions pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 including what is meant by in occupation for the purpose of its business.
- Relief from forfeiture hearings.
- Proceedings where there has been unauthorised Airbnb use.
- Obtaining an emergency injunction in a commercial landlord and tenant dispute involving the CRAR procedure.
- Advising on lease extensions pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
- Advising whether leases have been forfeited or surrendered and the enforceability of a deed of guarantee where it is irregular.
- Successfully resisted a claim for loss of bargain related to guaranteed rental income and the repudiation of a lease.
- Interpreting leases and classifying whether business, residential or common law in relation to holiday lets.
Coownership and Trusts of Land
Ashley appears in Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA) claims. She has experience of occupation rent claims and where there has been a failure to pay the mortgage by one party. She also has experience of where on party alleges that they were engaged so to rely on the Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Act 1970 this can involve issues around non-qualifying ceremonies.
She acts for parties in mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
M v M
Dispute between a father and son regarding various properties, promissory estoppel, and constructive trusts with an international element. The matter started as a small claim and was transferred to the multi-track. Proceedings were settled after Ashley drafted a Reply to the Amended Defence.
DH v PP
Dispute between former cohabiting couple and whether or not there was a common intention constructive trust.
SH v ZM
Dispute between a former couple which included significant analysis of financial statements, taking of an account and occupation rent.
DY v MH
Dispute between former cohabitating couple where it was alleged that there was an engagement which was denied. There was an argument about whether a ‘garden office’ constituted a substantial improvement to the property.
JF v MR and KR
An ongoing case involving an express declaration of trust between a mother and son with the former girlfriend. Arguments surrounding running an equitable account before the relationship breakdown to take into account significant unmet contributions made by one party.
Land and Boundaries
Ashley acts for businesses and individuals in respects of, right of access, rights of way, nuisance and boundary disputes. Recent work includes:
- Interference with a right of way involving cross-examination of a claimant who accepted that the alleged interference was not substantial.
- Drafting particulars of claim regarding nuisance arising from tree roots and foliage.
- Advising a charity regarding nuisance, interference with an easement and derogation from grant.
- Drafting statement of cases for boundary disputes and advising on Part 36 offers.
- Interpreting rights of way within title deeds and TR1s.
- Advising regarding an easement for the supply of where the servient tenement freeholder threatened to interrupt the supply for which an injunction was obtained.
She also acts in matters regarding conveyancing disputes including third party claims of overreaching rights. She has a particular interest in easements including the construction thereof.
Residential Landlord and Tenant and Housing
Ashley acts on behalf of landlords and tenants in respect of the following areas:
- Possessions by personal representatives in the context of a death estate.
- Defending counterclaims arising out of disrepair claims.
- Licence possessions including those classified as excluded tenancies.
- Appearing in injunction hearings to permit a gas safety inspection.
- Defending deposit protection claims pursuant to the Housing Act 2004 including where there are multiple tenants and successive tenancies.
- Matters which involve subletting of properties and which engage section 18 of the Housing Act 1988.
- Advising landlords in respect of HMOs and the mandatory licensing regime.
Ashley also regularly appears in mortgage possession hearings on behalf of the lender.
GB v AP, NS and EH
Currently advising pre-issue a long leaseholder in relation to repairing covenants and enforcement covenants with the freeholder. Interesting point of law in relation to direct enforcement of the repairing covenants against another long leaseholder within the same building.
“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)