Law School Module Details

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Code LAW311
Coordinator Ms SF Singh
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2018-19 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) Use and interpret complex legal statutory material, case law and academic writing.

(LO2) Demonstrate an understanding of the subject area as whole, as well as in discrete topics.

(LO3) Demonstrate an appreciation of the value of equitable remedies in society.

(LO4) Appreciate the social and economic (especially fiscal) context of trusts and the underlying policy issues.

(LO5) Demonstrate understanding of the law as it affects trustees - obligations, powers, etc.

(LO6) 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.

(LO7) Demonstrate a basic understanding of the legal context of trusts and equity in the operation of the legal system.

(LO8) Demonstrate, orally and in writing, knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of Equity and the operation of the trust.

(S1) General and Transferable Skills, particularly, oral communication, research based and use of technology in learning.

(S2) Work and learn independently, with limited guidance.

(S3) Effective group working - including research, organise and deliver a presentation on a substantive legal topic

(S4) Critical analysis.

(S5) Effective legal writing.

(S6) Application & Problem Solving

(S7) Legal knowledge.



1. Concept of Property, Foundation of Equity, the Trust & Remedies
2. Essentials of express trusts
3. Implied Trusts in Context: Family Homes
4. Charitable Purpose trusts
5. Trustees’ Powers and Duties
6. Administration of Trusts
7. Strangers liability
8. Breach of Trust, Tracing

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Online Learning Delivery
Description: A variety of materials, which include online lecture materials, skills and key resource videos, activities and MCQs, as well as directed, required reading in textbooks and primary and secondary sources.
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided
Notes: This is a novel form of teaching in the Law School, developed with the input of experts in digital development of learning.

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Students will participate in five seminars per Semester, each consisting of no more than 30 students and booked in two-hour blocks. This provide a change to have rich interaction with your subject tutor, and closely map the content you will have prepared from the online learning environment. At most Seminars, students will be sub-divided into smaller sub-groups (Each group will then be asked to consider a series of materials (4 questions), which will be a series of essay and problem questions similar to the type students could expect to see in the final examination. Students in their l sub-groups will be expected to provide a detailed answer to one of the questions covered in the Seminar and submit this to the Seminar tutor. Seminar tutors will provide feedback on each sub-group answer. The Equity teaching team will then prepare a final guideline answer, drawing on the submissions of all sub-groups from all Seminar groups. Seminar 5 in Semester 1 follows a different format, as each of the 4 seminar sub-groups are given a topic to prepare in advance of the Seminar, and will be expected to give a short presentation on the topic, together with a detailed handout and presentation methodology sheet. There is no post Seminar task, as the handout and presentation replace that task.

Teaching Method 3 - Other
Attendance Recorded: No
Notes: Drop-in Sessions: There are six drop-in sessions. These s essions, which are offered to the whole cohort of 311 students, allow students to take a further in-depth look at one of the issues discussed in the corresponding Seminar which has already taken place. NOTE: The focus on one particular area for further discussion is for educational purposes only. It is no way indicative of the content of any future assessment in this module. Students’ knowledge and understanding will be tested through preparation and discussion of a question that relates to those issues. The drop-in sessions take the form of Q&A sessions, led by the tutor, based around a question on the topic area. The sessions are strictly voluntary – no record of attendance will be taken. This is based on the clear understanding that if students wish to make use of them they will have done any necessary preparation/reading to get any value from the sessions. Drop-in sessions will not simply be mini-lectures – students must be prepared to participate .

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   20



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 230


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Recommended Texts

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Other Staff Teaching on this Module

Dr JP Tribe Law
Dr M Shillito Law

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