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Equity & Trusts

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: LAW30012

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This is a (Priestley 11) unit (VLAB required area of study) completion is required for eligibility for admission to practice as a legal practitioner in Australia

This unit introduces students to the equity jurisdiction of the unwritten law and the law of trusts. Within the unwritten law, equity developed to modify the rigidity of the law with the objective of achieving, in relation to individual transactions, fairness between parties. It now exists as a body of principles that seeks to produce individual transactional fairness and just outcomes. The concept of a trust is a major emanation of equity; as a result, this unit also examines the nature of trusts and the rights and obligations to which they give rise.


Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Evaluate Australian equity law and the law of trusts, and related policy debates and reform proposals
  • Explain the historical evolution of the equity jurisdiction and the distinction between legal and equitable principles and remedies in your advice to a client in a given set of facts
  • Locate and interpret legislation applicable to equity and trusts and apply it in the development of a legal argument
  • Conduct research into equity law and the law of trusts and use the results of that research in the development of a legal argument.