Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Equity and Trusts for GDL Students
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
LP30105, LP30220, LP30320, LP30420, LP30520, LP30620, LP30720, LP30920
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
LA32920, GF32920

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  of 1,000 words  20%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Exam  80%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  if element failed  20%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Exam  if element failed  80%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Explain the concept of equity and its relevance to the trust;
2. Explain the legal rules governing the establishment and management of trusts;
3. Analyse and evaluate property transactions and trust concepts;
4. Analyse factual scenarios relating to equity and trusts, and apply the relevant principles of law to those scenarios;
5. Solve complex legal problems by applying the principles of equity and trusts;
6. Be able to communicate results (orally and in writing) concisely and effectively at an academic level in English and / or Welsh using the relevant legal terminology correctly.

Brief description

This module introduces to students to the concept of "equity" and the law of trusts and provides a firm grounding in the relevant rules and principles. Students will learn to assess critically the place of equity and trusts in the financial and fiscal arrangements of private citizens, and of commerce in general, and to apply that knowledge appropriately in a range of scenarios.

The course will build upon and develop the students' broader skills, including effective communication and independent research and study.

A key aim of this module is to provide students with one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that is required by those seeking to enter the legal professions.


1. Introduction to equity & trusts
(Equitable principles and remedies; Remedies and procedures in practice; The Law of Trusts)
2. Trusts for the benefit of persons
3. Intestacy
4. Charitable Trusts
5. Unincorporated Associations
6. Powers & Duties of Trustees
7. Variation and termination of trusts

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Preparation for, and discussion, in seminars.
Improving own Learning and Performance Post-lecture research and seminar preparation.
Information Technology Post-lecture research and seminar preparation.
Personal Development and Career planning Learning throughout the module will be relevant to a career in the legal profession.
Problem solving Preparation for and discussion of problem-solving questions in seminars.
Research skills Post-lecture research and seminar preparation.
Subject Specific Skills Legal research: use of specifically designed legal databases as a resource for statute and case law.
Team work Seminar work: preparation and group discussions.


This module is at CQFW Level 6