Ashley is the Solicitor managing the Business and Enterprise Law Service in the Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre. He supervises all aspects of the Service, and also assists the academic staff with modules requiring students to gain experience within the Centre.
The Business and Enterprise Law Service supports businesses, entrepreneurs and charities across a variety of contentious and non-contentious issues. The work of the service is done either pro-bono or for a small fee.
In this way, Ashley and the Legal Advice Centre target meeting a previously un-met need of the Midlands business community.
Ashley trained at Bond Dickinson LLP in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Upon qualification, Ashley specialised in contentious and non-contentious corporate restructuring/insolvency matters at Gateley Plc.
Ashley has experience advising and representing clients in: the District Registries of the High Court; the High Court (Business and Property Courts); the Central London County Court (Business and Property); and numerous regional County Courts (at both first instance and appeal).
He has also advised on: matters in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division); enforcing foreign judgments in England and Wales; enforcing English judgments abroad; and appeals to the Criminal Cases Review Commission for convictions to be referred back to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).
Ashley is a trustee and director of Citizens Advice Nottingham & District, which runs the Nottingham branch of Citizens Advice. Ashley sits on the finance and fundraising committees, as well as the main board.
Ashley is also a contributing member of: (1) the Litigant in Person Network (which aims to assist litigants in person access and understand the Court process); and (2) Justice (which seeks to promote fair, accessible and efficient legal processes).
Ashley has previously been elected as the Academic Secretary of the Nottinghamshire Junior Lawyers Division.
Sponsors and collaborators
As part of his role, Ashley works or collaborates with a number of external law firms, Barristers, other Universities, ERDF funded projects, organisations offering support to businesses, and members of the judiciary.
Ashley is available to comment upon issues facing small businesses, particularly in relation to funding, dispute resolution, and County Court litigation.