Ashley is a specialist in financial remedy applications and associated areas including provision for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act and financial disputes between cohabitees under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act.
He has extensive experience of high value cases in all of the above areas at all levels, up to and including the Court of Appeal. He regularly represents high net worth and high profile individuals (including successful business people, professional sportsmen and celebrities) and their spouses. He is regularly instructed in cases involving corporate interests, trusts, farming enterprises, insolvency and pension issues.
He is one of few counsel locally, with particular experience in the conduct of claims between cohabitees based upon constructive trusts and proprietary estoppel and appeared in the Court of Appeal in 2014 in relation to a proprietary estoppel claim involving a cohabiting couple. Ashley wins praise for his meticulous preparation, his skill as an advocate and as a negotiator and his approach to client-care. He is consistently ranked in the top band as a leading junior in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.
Ashley is also qualified to accept direct access instructions.
“He’s great under pressure, is always brilliantly prepared and is a skilled advocate.” “He’s absolutely outstanding. He will seek to achieve resolution wherever possible but does not shy away from contesting as he always acts to achieve the best possible outcome for the client. That is all done with exemplary professionalism and preparation, and a fantastic rapport with the clients.”
Chambers UK 2020
“A superb and tenacious advocate with a wealth of experience in financial remedy matters.” “Calm under pressure and incredibly well prepared. He has a great manner with clients and a comprehensive knowledge of the law.”
Chambers UK 2019
“A superb family barrister.”
Legal 500 2019
“A real specialist in financial remedy proceedings, an expert in negotiations and able to remain calm under pressure.” “Personable, succinct and gives honest, pragmatic advice.”
Chambers UK 2017
“A strong and effective advocate, who has an extremely good manner with clients.”
Legal 500 2016
“He is a leader in his field. His level of knowledge and practical ability is excellent. He is calm even under pressure and always makes the client feel at ease. He always knows the case in depth and his advice is always spot-on.”...“I rate him very highly in the service that he delivers and the advice that he gives. He is very experienced in financial remedy matters, particularly when there are difficult matters surrounding trusts. He is great at navigating solutions.”
Chambers UK 2016
Southwell v. Blackburn  EWCA Civ. 1347
Head of the No5 Chambers Family Law Group 2015
LLB (Hons) (Sweet and Maxwell Prize)