Unit description

This unit provides an opportunity for students to research and analyse the legal concept of the trust and examine the creation, classification and functions performed by trusts. The aim of the unit is to provide students with a sound understanding of the law of trusts, including resulting and constructive trusts, duties and powers of trustees, variation of trusts and consideration of the remedies for breach of trust.

Unit content


Topic 1 Nature of a trust (including legality)

Topic 2 Essentials and types of trusts

Topic 3 Creation of express trusts – the certainties

Topic 4 The Beneficiary

Topic 5 Trustee - Duties, powers and rights of trustees

Topic 6 Variation and termination of express trusts

Topic 7 Breach of trust

Topic 8 Resulting trusts

Topic 9 Constructive trusts

Topic 10 Charitable trusts

Topic 11 Trusts in action.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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