LAWS301-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Equity and Trusts

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


The principles of equity with particular reference to the law of trusts. The principles of the law of succession and of the administration of estates. Choses in action and their assignment.

This course provides an introduction to the principles of equity and the law of trusts and succession in New Zealand.

The course will begin by reviewing the history and development of equity and equitable principles. It will then turn to the law of trusts, succession and claims that can be made against a dead person’s estate.

Topics covered under trusts will include what a trust is, the elements required to establish an express trust, the powers and duties of trustees, and remedies for breach of trust.

Further topics will be addressed under the law of succession and claims against deceased estates. This part of the course will begin with the law of intestacy and what happens when a person dies without a valid will. It will then move on to the alternative situation of death with a will, including formal requirements for a will’s validity. This part of the course will also cover claims against a deceased person’s estate under several key statutes.

Learning Outcomes

  • On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
  •  describe and explain selected legal principles relating to trusts and succession;
  •  identify the legal sources of these principles;
  •  identify and critically analyse legal issues in relevant factual situations;
  •  apply the law to such issues;
  •  further develop skills such as legal analysis and critical reasoning.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Che Ekaratne


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Take Home Test 23 Apr 2020 30%
Online Quiz 13 May 2020 10%
Final Exam 60%

Assessment will include an evening test (Thursday 26 March), and may include an online quiz, and a final exam.

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

As there may be a new textbook in 2020, please check LEARN when the course starts for further information.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $822.00

International fee $4,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Law.

All LAWS301 Occurrences

  • LAWS301-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020