Courses & Units

Equity and Trusts LAW353


LAW353 focuses on the most developed area of equity’s jurisdiction, the law pertaining to trusts. It covers the following topics: the nature of a trust, and how it compares to other legal relationships; the essentials for the creation of an express trust; the incidents of trusteeship: the appointment and removal of trustees, as well as trustees’ duties, powers and rights; remedies for breach of trust, both personal and proprietary; the law pertaining to charitable trusts; non-express trusts, namely resulting trusts and constructive trusts. LAW353 may also addresses core equitable doctrines not the subject of discrete treatment in other core units, and, in particular, fiduciary law and the equitable doctrine of breach of confidence. Mention may also be made of the role of equity in the law of assignments, albeit within the umbrella of discussion of the law of trusts.


Unit name Equity and Trusts
Unit code LAW353
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Professor Gino Dal Pont
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and evaluate the importance of equity & trusts and how this body of law interacts with other areas of law.
  • Apply relevant principles of equity and trusts to hypothetical factual scenarios.
  • Effectively research a legal topic or problem pertaining to equity & trusts.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely an understanding of relevant legal principles.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090999 $2,040.00 $1,597.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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Teaching Pattern

Lecture: 2 hours weekly on campus

Tutorial/Workshop: 1 hour weekly on campus (commencing in Week 2 of semester)

AssessmentMid-Semester test (25%)|Essay (35%)|Exam (40%)
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