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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3041B: Trusts

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


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


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


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


  • 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 Activity5522 x 2.5 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study151Individual reading and seminar preparation
Guided Independent Study94Assessment preparation

Online Resources

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