Fundamentals of the Law of Trusts (LAWS6912)


This unit begins with an overview of the equity jurisdiction, including fiduciary duties, before going on to consider the law of trusts in more detail. The unit covers the creation, constitution and validity of both private and public trusts; the rights and duties of trustees; trustee and third-party liability for breaches of trust; and remedies for breach of trust. These principles will be explored in the context of both personal and commercial dealings, and particular attention will be paid to certain commercial applications of the trust mechanism, such as Quistclose trusts and retention of title 'proceeds' trusts.

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Apr 17, 18 & May 1, 2 (9-5)


class participation (10%) and take-home exam (90%)

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LAWS2015 or LAWS3474

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