Equity and Trusts

Unit code: LLW3008 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Queen
Online Real Time
BLB2125 - Real Property Law and
6 Level 1 Law units
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Equity and trusts refers to those important doctrinal and remedial developments arising from the exercise of equitable jurisdiction by the courts. This unit of study will cover the historical development and content of equity; the concept of a trust, creation of express trusts, the nature of implied, resulting and constructive trusts; the concept of fiduciary obligations with particular reference to commercial settings and trustee’s duties; Equity’s supervision and control of trust powers and discretionary powers generally; the nature and significance of equitable remedies including the distinction between remedies of a personal and proprietary nature.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review collaboratively the historical reasons for a distinctive equitable jurisdiction;
  2. Implement equitable principles in the resolution of a range of problems with initiative and professional judgment;
  3. Theorise the principles that are relevant to both common law and equitable remedies and contextualise to authentic contemporary issues;
  4. Canvass equitable doctrines and their underlying themes with peer groups and professional communities of practice; and
  5. Postulate the proper role of the general principles of law and equity in its social context.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
On Line Quiz
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 40%
Research Essay
Assessment type: Examination
Grade: 50%
Final exam

Required reading

Principles of Australian Equity & Trusts
Radan, C., Stewart, 2019| Lexis Nexis

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