Ashley is a commercial litigator and solicitor-advocate with a particular specialism in disputes relating to the internet, data, and reputation. He is also Osborne Clarke's International Head of Tech, Media and Comms.
His wide-ranging practice covers all sides of the media and internet spectrum, acting for broadcasters, publishers, content owners, website operators and internet intermediaries on a broad range of commercial and content-related disputes, investigations and risks.
Ashley advises some of the world’s leading technology companies and fast growth digital businesses on the challenges they face as they expand in Europe, including in relation to intermediary liability and regulatory risk. He is a recognised expert in data privacy and cyber security and is the first port of call for numerous international companies for cyber incident response.
Ashley is also a reputation and crisis management specialist. He is ranked as a leading individual for defamation and privacy in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Before joining Osborne Clarke, he trained and qualified at Hogan Lovells and spent 10 years at Olswang.
Advised on multiple aspects of the phone-hacking crisis, including defending several hundred High Court claims and setting up the News International Compensation Scheme.
Advised on a major commercial dispute with STV in relation to the costs and revenue sharing arrangements for Channel 3.
Acted for a Russian app developer in relation to an LCIA arbitration against a leading mobile phone manufacturer.
International technology company
Advised on regulatory, reputational and investigatory issues arising from a data breach.