Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course examines important historical, theoretical, conceptual and doctrinal aspects of Australian equity and trusts law. It considers the history and context of equitable jurisdiction, the role of fusion within the contemporary legal framework, and key equitable concepts, such as confidential information, fiduciary obligations and trusts.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the key concepts and principles of Australian equity and trusts law.

2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the historical development of equitable jurisdiction.

3. Critically analyse the fusion of law and equity within contemporary common law legal systems.

4. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of equity and trusts law concepts, such confidential information, fiduciary obligations, and trusts.


Topics covered may include:

  1. Introduction to Equity - Historical Origins and General Principles
  2. Introduction to Equity - The Fusion Fallacy?
  3. Assignments
  4. Equitable Dispositions and the Requirement of Writing
  5. Confidential Information
  6. Fiduciary Obligations
  7. Introduction to Trusts
  8. Express Trusts
  9. Variation and Termination of Trusts
  10. Charitable Trusts
  11. Resulting Trusts
  12. Constructive Trusts


This course is only available to students who are active in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program and have successfully completed LAWS6000, LAWS6001, LAWS6002A&B, LAWS6003A&B and LAWS6004A&B.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.

Assessment items

Essay: Research Essay

Participation: Seminar Engagement and Participation

Formal Examination: Formal examination run by exams in examination period (open book)

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Students are required to complete the lecture online


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term