Module code: LAW3123

Module Overview

The module concerns principles of Equity and Trusts. It introduces students to the content and sources of the law of trusts and the principles of equity, and their application and effect.

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

TUREK Krystof (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: M200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 122

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 6

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content


  • An introduction to the development of Equity

  • The Trust

  • Charitable Trusts

  • Non Charitable Purpose Trusts

  • Equitable Remedies                             

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination 2 HOUR EXAM 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate, in accordance with the Learning Outcomes, their acquired knowledge, critical awareness of the key principles and policies studied in this Module, their ability to evaluate and also to apply their acquired knowledge and critical awareness to the resolution of hypothetical legal problems.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

1 written examination for Semester 1 which will require the students to answer two questions to include at least one essay and one problem.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive verbal feedback on their performance during tutorials.  In addition they will undertake a written formative assessment, during Semester 1, on which they will receive individual written feedback and group verbal feedback. This written formative assessment will be designed to give the students practice in writing an answer to either an essay or problem question which is similar in style and content to what they can expect in their summative assessment.

The assessment method for each module has been selected to test a variety of key skills, competences and outcomes as required by QAA. As such, assessment method cannot be changed. Reasonable adjustment may be made on application subject to ALS approval AND only where such adjustment still allows for the required skills, key competences and outcomes to be assessed at an equivalent level.

Module aims

  • To consider and critically examine the law and policy which concerns  Equity and Trusts in the areas covered by the syllabus (as indicated below)
  • To satisfy the Qualifying Law Degree requirements as to the law of Equity and Trusts
  • To develop a critical understanding of the commercial context of Equity and Trusts

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Critically evaluate the central principles, concepts and history of equity and the law of trusts, and the relationship between them, with particular emphasis on the emergence of equity and equitable remedies KCT
2 Critically engage with and evaluate the dialectical tensions between common law and equity KCT
3 Critically analyse and evaluate the content of key legal areas, such as equitable remedies, certainty of trusts, constitution, formalities, charities, unincorporated associations, with a particular ability to analyse the content of the law in areas where there is tension or a lack of clarity KCT
4 Critical engage in scholarly debate regarding equity and trusts law, critically analysing the major tendencies within legal scholarship and the relationship between them KCPT
5 Critically engage with and apply knowledge of the primary and secondary legal authorities to solve complex problems and answer complex essay questions which seek to resolve tensions in the competing goals and content of equity and trusts law CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Introduce topics, with particular emphasis on key areas of the syllabus, in lectures

  • Facilitate a more detailed study of the syllabus by directed independent study of selected legislation, case law and other texts and directed preparation of focussed tutorial questions

  • Enhance student’s understanding and critical awareness by group discussion in tutorial

  • Facilitate student’s revision of key areas of law and exam preparation by the submission of written formative coursework (see below) and by using Question and Answer planning and practice techniques on SurreyLearn throughout the module and during revision lectures towards the end of Semester 1

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures (2 hrs x 11 weeks)

  • Tutorials (1 hr x 6 weeks)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with International Relations LLB (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law (JD Pathway) LLB (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.