This unit explores Australian trading trusts and managed investment schemes and the legal position of the investors, trustees and external parties who are involved with them. The use of these trusts is widespread and in aggregate they hold massive wealth. In many senses they operate as surrogate companies but participants do not enjoy the protections provided by the Corporations Act 2001 to those who are involved with companies; their governing regime remains the general law of trusts (with some statutory overlay). Many of the issues are not well understood and sometimes not even identified; even where they are, privately structured solutions are not always effective. The issues acquired prominence in the post-GFC environment as these trusts faced financial distress and litigation. Outcomes have not always been predictable or consistent with participants' expectations and gaps in the law have emerged. This unit builds on conventional trust and company law units by examining, in an applied way, the commercial trust as a modern business association. The material assumes that students have successfully completed at least undergraduate level study of trust law (even if as part of a more general course on property and/or equity) and corporations law.
Sep 21, 22 and Oct 5, 6 (9-5)
class participation (10%), assignment (40%), 5000wd essay (50%)
N D'Angelo, Commercial Trusts, LexisNexis Butterworths, 2014
Available to students who have previously completed trust law or corporations law as part of an undergraduate law degree.