Ashley Hannay

Ashley Hannay


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

    M13 9PL Manchester

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I joined Manchester in September 2021 from Queen Mary, University of London, where I was a Lecturer in Law. I read History as an undergraduate at the University of Lancaster before studying Law at the University of Edinburgh and Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 2017 I was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Middle Temple.

I am a private lawyer with interests in legal history, equity, trusts and land. I am primarily a late-medieval legal historian with research interests in the doctrinal and historical development of English uses, a precursor to the modern trust, up to the mid-sixteenth century, and in the legal history of the North of England.

My doctorate, which was completed at the University of Cambridge and funded by the Selden Society, considered uses up to the Statute of Uses (1536). I have published articles and book chapters in this area and am currently working towards a monograph on medieval uses. My work on historical trusts also extends to an interest in the concept of conscience in modern equitable doctrine.

I am also developing a new area of research focused on the legal history of the North of England. This began in 2023 with a grant from the SLS's Research Activities Fund to support work on my 'Palatines Project' which focuses on doctrinal legal development in the Palatine Courts of Lancaster.

At Manchester, I am LLB Programme Director (Years 2 and 3), and teach Property I (Equity) and Property II (Land Law). I previously taught Land Law and Equity at Queen Mary, and Land Law and Legal History at the University of Cambridge, where I was also co-convenor of the Cambridge Centre for English Legal History Seminar Series.

I am a member of the Mancester Centre for Law and Business, the Manchester Business and Property Courts Forum, the Selden Society, the Middle Temple and the Society for Legal Scholars. In 2022, with colleagues at Liverpool and Lancaster, I founded the Northern Legal History Group.


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


LAWS11010/20110 Property Law I

LAWS20220/30330 Property Law II

Research interests

Legal History


Land Law

Prizes and awards

2022: Sir Anthony Hart Doctoral Paper Prize (Irish Legal History Society), awarded for paper 'The Origins of the Statute of Uses', presented at the British Legal History Conference, Queens University Belfast.

2018: Richard III Society Bursary, awarded for paper 'The Legal Reforms of King Richard III', presented at the Fifteenth Century Conference, University of Reading.

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 4-5pm; Tuesday 3-4pm

Areas of expertise

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


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