LAWS301-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Equity and Trusts

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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 deceased's estate.
Topics covered under trusts, will include express trusts (including the requirements for an express trust, powers and duties of trustees, termination and variation of trusts, and breach of trust), constructive trusts, resulting trusts, and challenges to the trust.
Further topics will be addressed under the law of succession and claims against deceased estates. This part of the course includes the law of intestacy and what happens when a person dies without a valid will, and the situation what happens when a person dies 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 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; and 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.



Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 15:00 - 17:00 A1 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 A1 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Rebekah McCrae


John Caldwell and James Mehigan


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 31 Mar 2023 30%
Online Quiz 03 May 2023 10%
Final Exam 60%

Assessment may include an online quiz, a test/or assignment and a final exam.
The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

There is no required reading, however, please check LEARN when the course starts for further information.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $868.00

International fee $4,488.00

* 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 Faculty of Law .

All LAWS301 Occurrences

  • LAWS301-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023