law5eqt equity and trusts




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores the nature of equity, and includes a discussion of various equitable doctrines and equitable rights and interests, fiduciary obligations, confidential information and contextualises understandings surrounding estoppel in equity and unconscionable transactions. It covers the elements of trust law, including various types of trusts, the rights, duties and powers of trustees, the consequences of breach of trust and provides an overview of equitable remedies.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW5FPR (Property Law)

Co-requisites Real Property Law (LAW5RPL)

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEquity and Trusts in AustraliaPrescribedBryan & Vann (latest edition)Cambridge University Press
ReadingsA Sourcebook on Equity and Trusts in AustraliaPrescribedBryan, Degeling, Donald & Vann (latest edition)Cambridge University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate high level research skills in relation to primary and secondary sources of equity and trusts law and its context

Analysis of written cases, case-study examples, research and analysis of articles and cases, assessment

02. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the conceptual and doctrinal framework of equity and trusts law in Australia

Frameworks for doctrines explained and illustrated in concept presentations, individual student reading and analysis of cases and concepts and in-class discussions to clarify, as well as assessment

03. Write a legal opinion on a factual scenario in equity and trusts law in a professional manner

Argument development and evaluation modelled through presentations, individual student reading of cases and in-class discussions, assessment

04. Demonstrate critical analysis of the principles of the law of equity and trusts.

Assessment, in class discussions, case studies

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2019, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.5 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays at night from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 6.0 hours scheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Essay (3,000 words)3001, 02, 04
Three hour centrally managed examination with a 30 minute reading time (equivalent to 3,000 words)7002, 03, 04