Ashley Hannay

Ashley Hannay


  • Lecturer in Property Law, Law
  • Room 4.20, Williamson Building, Oxford Road

    M13 9PL Manchester

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am interested in hearing from potential PhD students in legal history and/or property law.

Personal profile


I joined Manchester in September 2021, having previously taught at the University of Cambridge and Queen Mary, University of London. I read History as an undergraduate at the University of Lancaster before studying Law at the University of Edinburgh and Magdalene College, Cambridge.

I am a private lawyer with interests in legal history, equity, trusts and land. I am primarily interested in the doctrinal and historical development of English property law up to the mid-sixteenth century, and in the legal history of the North of England.

At Manchester, I am LLB Programme Director, and teach Property Law. I am co-Chair of the Manchester Private Law Hub and a member of the Manchester Centre for Law and Business. I am also co-convenor of the Northern Legal History Group.


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


LAWS20250: Land Law

LAWS31301: Equity and Trusts

LAWS30602: Advanced Property and Trusts

Research interests

Legal History




Prizes and awards

2022: Sir Anthony Hart Doctoral Paper Prize (Irish Legal History Society),

2017: Milsom Studentship in English Legal History (Selden Society)

2014: 3-4 South Square Chambers Scholarship (Middle Temple)

2014: The Dean's Award (Northumbria Law School)

2013: The Tercentenary Award for Excellence (Edinburgh Law School)

Office hours

Office Hours: 
Monday 1-2pm; Tuesday 3-4pm

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Areas of expertise

  • K Law (General)
  • Legal History
  • Equity
  • Land
  • Trusts


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