Ashley has experience across a range of real property litigation, appearing before the High Court and County Court as well as various specialist tribunals and inquiries in the following matters:
• Restrictive covenants
• Adverse possession
• Land option agreements
• Boundary disputes
• Common land
• Village greens
• Rights of way
• Possession of land
Ashley has developed a particular specialism in village greens and commons. He has appeared for promoters and objectors alike. He has been classified by barrister inspectors as "an expert in this area of the law" (Village Green Inquiry Report, Leach Grove Woods, 2015 para.12). He is also the author of the village green chapter in Oxford University Press' A Practical Approach to Planning Law textbook, as well as a number of published articles on the subject.
He was commended by Mr Justice Holgate in R(Tadworth & Walton Residents' Association) v SSEFRA EWHC 972 (Admin.) for his conduct of a common land inquiry and subsequent judicial review at :"... I do not think that [the Claimants'] interests could have been better advanced than by the untiring efforts of Dr Bowes."
Prince of Wales Scholar, Gray's Inn (2013)
General Editor Journal of Planning & Environment Law
Contributing Editor A Practical Approach to Planning Law (13th Ed.) (Oxford, 2013)