Ashley is a commercial litigator and solicitor-advocate with a particular specialism in media and internet disputes.
Through his interest in the converging world of traditional media and the internet, Ashley has developed a practice covering all sides of the media and internet spectrum, acting for broadcasters, publishers, content providers, website operators and internet intermediaries on a broad range of disputes, from defamation and privacy actions to contractual and regulatory disputes and investigations.
In particular, Ashley has a growing practice in advising both well-established and fast-growth technology businesses on a range of legal and policy issues in Europe, including their liability for third party content. He is an expert in data privacy and is the first port of call for numerous international companies for data breach response.
His commercial litigation and reputation management experience combine to provide an excellent platform from which to advise companies in crisis situations, including data security breaches, employee wrongdoing and attacks from competitors. He has taken central roles in complex "bet the company" litigation, including acting for News International during the phone hacking crisis and for ITV in its litigation with Scottish broadcaster STV.
Ashley is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars and was recently invited to speak at Harvard Law School and the Stanford Centre for Internet & Society on the subject of intermediary liability. He is also a member of the Media Committee for the Society of Computers & The Law and is ranked as a leading individual in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, in which he is described as "a powerhouse in online defamation."