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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3041B: Trusts

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

It is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics in the following order although precise content and order may vary.

Part 1: Private Trusts: Introduction; historical contextualisation; Distinction of trusts from other legal concepts; Creation of trusts; Formalities; Discretionary trusts.  

Part 2: Trusts Administration: Introduction to Trusteeship; Remuneration of trustees; Duty to maintain equality between beneficiaries; Investment; Powers of maintenance and advancement.  

Part 3: Other Trust Matters: Implied and Resulting trusts; Constructive trusts; Breach of Trust; Personal Remedies and Tracing;  

Part 4: Charities: Different forms of charity; Charities Act 2006 and the work of the Charity Commission and Charity Tribunal; Charitable nature; Disqualifying factors; Public benefit; Regulation of charities; Cy Pres doctrine.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity2222 x 1 hour Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities13.59 x 1.5 hour seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities13.59 x 1.5 hour syndicate workshops
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities99 x 1 hour Q & A sessions
Guided Independent study43Syndicate preparation
Guided Independent study43Seminar preparation
Guided Independent study31Formative assessment preparation
Guided Independent study62Summative assessment preparation
Guided independent study189 x 2 hour peer-led syndicate meetings & activities
Guided Independent Study45Individual reading and lecture preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).



All handouts and related materials will be put up throughout the year by the module co-ordinator on an ELE Trusts site. This site will also be used at the discretion of the individual lecturers for distribution of slides, and tests.

Other Learning Resources

Comprehensive bound module materials written by the lecturers as described above.