Advanced Trusts: Theory and Practice

4 July 2013

This second semester intensive will be taught by the 2013 McWilliam Visiting Professor in Commercial Law, Professor Richard Nolan of York University, United Kingdom.

The course Advanced Trusts: Theory and Practice will be taught intensively from 2-5 September 2013.

It is open to postgraduate students who have previously studied trust law in their undergraduate curriculum and to law graduates who have completed the unit Fundamentals of Trusts.

It is also open to practitioners to enrol on a single unit, audit basis for legal professional development. It will be of interest to lawyers working in a wide range of commercial and corporate arrangements and in managed investment schemes.

Formerly a Reader at Cambridge University, Professor Nolan is a leading scholar in corporate law and trusts law.

He is a barrister and door tenant at Erskine Chambers, Lincoln's Inn.

The Visiting Chair is funded by the kind gift of Mr Bruce McWilliam, and Professor Nolan follows many distinguished commercial law specialists who have contributed to the Law School's postgraduate program over previous years.

The course will examine the use of trusts in a number of commercial contexts: business activities structured through a trading trust rather than a corporation; trusts in bond issues to facilitate creditor co-ordination; trusts in collective investment schemes; and trusts employed in securitisation schemes in offshore jurisdictions.

Reference will be made to documentation used by leading law firms. The course will conclude with the theoretical perspectives that underpin the trusts that have been studied.


Sydney Law School

New Law Building (F10)

Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Semester 2Intensive
2-5 September 2013


  • Class Participation (20%)
  • 8,000 Word Essay (80%)

Advanced Trusts: Theory and Practice is available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

Legal practitioners can count this unit of study towards Mandatory Continuing Legal Educaiton (MCLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Candidates can also enrol in this subject on a Legal Professional Development (LPD), Single Unit Enrolment or Cross-Institutional basis.

Candidates can elect to complete the assessment, claim the MCLE or CPD points and then count the unit towards a degree at a later stage.

Alternatively, candidates can elect not to complete the assessment but still claim the MCLE or CPD points.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 1d0017227e3420525d2a2853403d577504361500562f462a5d3d1b590f