Ashley Hannay

Ashley Hannay


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

    M13 9PL Manchester

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Personal profile


I joined Manchester in September 2021, having previous 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 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).


LAWS20250: Land Law

Research interests

Legal History




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
  • Trusts


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