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Course Overview

This course considers Equity and Trusts, which in its content,  teaching, and nature of its development makes clear key differences between Scots law and English law.  We will consider the history of Equity and its relationship with the common law;  the meaning,  creation and practical impact of trusts (express, implied, resulting and constructive) with both family disputes and commercial sagas having a key role; charitable and non-charitable purpose trusts; rights of beneficiaries;  appointment and responsibilities of trustees;  fiduciary relationships, and equitable remedies (in particular injunctions, and freezing and search and seize orders). Assessment is by an essay and an exam.   

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Robert Taylor

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 3

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • LS1522 Legal Method (Studied)
  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or () or Bachelor of Laws (Accelerated)
  • LS1025 Legal System (Studied)
  • Either Law (LS) (Studied) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The nature of equity and trusts (express, resulting, charitable and non charitable purpose and constructive trusts); the fiduciary relationship and responsibilities of trustees and their appointment, removal and liabilities; and the rights of beneficiaries and equitable remedies.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour examination (70%) (50% of which is a pre-seen question) and 1 3000-word essay (30%).

Resit: 1 two-hour examination (70%) (50% of which is a pre-seen question) and essay mark carried forward (30%).

Formative Assessment

Optional opportunity to write formative essay and to prepare practice exam.On a less formal basis, verbal feedback is given during tutorial discussions.


The summative assessment is marked and returned with detailed written comments within 3 weeks of submission For the Practice exam and practice essay written feedback comments are put on each script, supplemented by a lecture hour which goes over all aspects of the exam performance. The Course Coordinator extends a general invitation to any member of the class who wishes to discuss his or her performance.

Course Learning Outcomes


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