Ashley joined Northumbria Law School in 2011. Ashley was previously employed at Public Concern at Work, the UK’s leading independent authority on whistleblowing. The charity provides a free helpline for employees to seek advice if they are unsure about how to raise concerns of wrongdoing or malpractice in the workplace.
Ashley completed the LLB (Hons) at Liverpool John Moores University in 2005. He successfully completed his doctorate at the University of Durham in 2012 where he taught (part time) on the Individual and the State (2006-2007), Law of Tort (2006-2007) and Constitutional Law (2007-2008) modules. Ashley was awarded the Wilfred Getz Scholarship by Gray’s Inn and following completion of the Bar Vocational Course was called to the Bar in 2010. Ashley is currently Admissions Tutor for full-time undergraduate programmes.
Ashley’s thesis entitled ‘Crown Servants and Unauthorised Disclosures: Whistleblowing, Executive Accountability and the Public Interest’ considers the position of employees in the Civil Service, the Security and Intelligence Services and Armed Forces who raise concerns about wrongdoing or malpractice. Particular focus is given to unauthorised disclosures which are likely to result in the committal of an offence.
Ashley is currently undertaking a joint research project with Richard Hyde. The project considers the role of whistleblowing disclosures in the enforcement of food regulation.
Using Freedom of Information Requests to Facilitate Research  International Journal of Social Research Methodology (forthcoming) (co-author with Richard Hyde).
The Right to Privacy and Advance Notification  22 Entertainment Law Review, 233-241 (co-author with Paul David Mora).
The British Arms Export Regime: progress and challenges  Public Law Autumn 546 (co-author with Zeray Yihdego).
Chambers v. DPP: Credible Threat or a Joke in Bad Taste? Ent LR  (forthcoming) (Co-author with Paul David Mora).
Independent Judicial Oversight to Guarantee Proportionate Revelations of Journalistic Sources: The Grand Chamber’s Decision in Sanoma Uitgevers B.V. v. The Netherlands  22(1) Entertainment Law Review 65 (co-author with Paul David Mora).
Security Service Memoirs and the Jurisdiction of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal: The Supreme Court’s Decision in A v. B  21(5) Entertainment Law Review 197 (co-author with Paul David Mora).
The Protection of Journalistic Sources, Norwich Pharmacal Orders and Article 10 ECHR: Financial Times Ltd v. The United Kingdom  21(4) Entertainment Law Review 137 (co-author with Paul David Mora).
Teaching Interests and Modules
Ashley teaches Public Law 2 on the M Law programme and Public Law on the GDL. Ashley is module tutor for the LLM modules: Information Rights in Employment and Media Law and Privacy.