Commercial Trust Law

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Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning
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Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning Fee
Face to Face Fee
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Total Fee £1600

£2360 (£1600 during the tuition waiver period)

Please see the Tuition Fee section to see if you are eligible for a scholarship.
Course Overview

This course explores the law of trusts in the international context, comparing doctrine in different jurisdictions and exploring the theoretical implications of such differences.

Course Content


Types of Trusts

  • Express trusts
  • Discretionary and fixed trusts
  • Bare trusts
  • Trusts arising by operation of law
  • Testamentary and inter vivos trust

Express Trusts

  • Certatinities
  • Formalities
  • Constitution
  • Trustees
  • Variation

Equity and Commerce

  • Commercial transactions
  • Commercial trust
  • Contract law and trust Law
  • Quistclose trusts

Liability of Trustees

  • Exclusion of liability in trust law and contract law
  • Joint and several liability
  • Consent of beneficiaries and Judicial methods
  • Exemption clauses
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1.  Evaluate the basic principles of Equity as a part of the English System of Law

  1. Explain the mechanics of creating express trust including rights of beneficiaries
  2. Distinguish different types of trust with analysis of nature of respective rights and obligations of the parties to the trust

2.  Analyse the way trusts are used in commercial transactions and issues are dealt according to the norms of contract and trusts law

  1. Explain the particular context of commercial transaction into contract with trusts law and equity
  2. Demonstrate the interactions between contract law and trusts law and explain how trusts are not bound up with contracts
  3. Critically analyse how trustees limit their liabilities including a provision in their contract of appointment and exclude liability for a range of defaults
  • The assessment strategy for this course is designed to test all the learning outcomes.
  • Learners must demonstrate successful achievement of all learning outcomes to pass the course.
Assessment Marking Criteria


Citizens of the following countries are eligible for a 50% scholarship upon writing a personal statement. All scholarships are to be approved by the Academic Board. The list of countries are: Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, Bhutan, Morocco, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Laos, Cambodia, India, Nigeria, Ghana, Bangladesh, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal and South Africa. Please talk to your student counselor and ask for the Coupon Code to get the 50% Tuition Waiver.

  • The assessment criteria for a pass will be presented with the summative exercise.
  • Further information and guidance on the assessment will be made available through the tutor.
Unit Pass Requirements

To pass the unit a 40% overall grade must be achieved.

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