Equity and Trusts (725M3B)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module introduces students to the historical relationship between Equity and areas of common law as well as Equity’s continuing relevance.
The focus is on the use of trusts as a mechanism for holding property, including the formation and constitution of various types of express and implied trusts.
Students will apply the rules and principles derived from case law and statutory provisions to hypothetical scenarios as well as evaluate the use of trusts as a mechanism for holding property.
The module also considers the powers and duties of trustees in relation to trust property.
Students will be encouraged to reflect on the role of legal principles and judicial discretion in the evolution of equitable doctrines and how these interact with underlying notions of fairness.


100%: Seminar


100%: Examination (Distance examination, Multiple choice questions)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.