LAWS6912 - Fundamentals of the Law of Trusts


  • Acquire a comprehensive introduction to, and review of, the modern law of trusts.


Equity jurisdiction, including fiduciary duties; the creation, constitution, validity and variation of both private and public trusts; the rights and duties of trustees; trustee and third-party liability for breaches of trust; remedies; commercial trusts; unit trusts; retention of title and Quistclose trusts; constructive trusts.


Semester 1 Intensive
14, 15 & 21, 22 March 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.


  • Class Participation (10%)
  • Take-Home Exam (90%)


Candidates who have previously completed LAWS2015 Equity, LAWS3474 Equity & Financial Risk Allocation or an undergraduate/postgraduate unit in equity or the law of trusts are not permitted to enrol in this unit.

This unit replaced LAWS6912 The Law of Trusts.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Global Law | Master of Business Law | Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law | Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law