Law School Module Details

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Code LAW311
Coordinator Dr AJ Picton
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Whole Session 30


To stimulate the academic interest of students in a complex and involving area of law.  To deliver the substantive elements of the subject area in accordance with the requirements laid down in the Joint Announcement of the SRA and Bar Council, governing the content of qualifying LL.B degree programmes.  To enhance general legal and transferable skills in the context of the subject area.  To allow students to carry out independent tasks and research to a high level of aptitude.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate, orally and in writing, knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of Equity and the operation of the trust.

(LO2) Demonstrate a basic understanding of the legal context of trusts and equity in the operation of the legal system.

(LO3) Demonstrate an awareness of the practical implications for individuals of the operation of the law of Equity & Trusts in England and Wales, e.g. with reference to the ownership of the matrimonial home.  

(LO4) Demonstrate understanding of the law as it affects trustees - obligations, powers, etc.

(LO5) Appreciate the social and economic (especially fiscal) context of trusts and the underlying policy issues. 

(LO6) Demonstrate an appreciation of the value of equitable remedies in society.

(LO7) Demonstrate an understanding of the subject area as whole, as well as in discrete topics.

(LO8) Use and interpret complex legal statutory material, case law and academic writing. 

(S1) Legal knowledge.

(S2) Application & Problem Solving

(S3) Effective legal writing.

(S4) Critical analysis.

(S5) Effective group working - including research, organise and deliver a presentation on a substantive legal topic

(S6) Work and learn independently, with limited guidance.

(S7) General and Transferable Skills, particularly, oral communication, research based and use of technology in learning.



Foundations of Equity, the Trust & Remedies
Essentials of express trusts: The 3 Certainties and Constitution of Express Trusts
Implied Trusts in Context: Family Homes
Non-Charitable Purpose Trusts and Unincorporated Associations
Charitable Purpose trusts
Administration of Trusts - Trustees’ Powers and Duties
Breach of Trust, Strangers liability and Tracing

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Patterns
Learning and teaching on this module will be structured in accordance with the principles of Hybrid Active Learning with asynchronous materials and synchronous seminar sessions. Asynchronous recordings provide material previously addressed in physical lectures, suitably broken down (‘chunking’) and augmented (e.g. quizzes etc) so as to enhance student engagement. Synchronous sessions will run on a fortnightly pattern across the semesters (i.e. 12 in total) and will each have a duration of 2 hours.

Module Delivery

Asynchronous materials will cover the full syllabus, synchronous seminars indicatively as follows:

Semester one

1. First seminar: skills session.

2. Second seminar: history & remedies.

3. Third seminar: certainties

4. Fourth Seminar: constitution

5. Fifth seminar: family homes 1

6. Sixth seminar: family homes 2

Semester two

1. First seminar: non-charitable purpose trusts and unincorporated associations.

2. Second seminar: charities 1

3. Third seminar: charities 2

4. Fourth seminar: breach & fiduciary duties

5. Fifth seminar: strangers & tracing

6. Sixth seminar: Revision session (linking to take home exam)

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 48


Timetable (if known) 60 mins X 2 totaling 48
120 mins X 1 totaling 24
Private Study 228


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
3 MCQs - 5% per MCQ - Staggered through course. Testing: history & remedies; family homes & charities.      15       
Open book examination      85       

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at Click here to access the reading lists for this module.

Other Staff Teaching on this Module

Dr JA Sigafoos Law
Dr M Shillito Law
Miss JB Randall Library
Mr RN Dutia Law
Miss M Clough Library
Dr E Ireland Law

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