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2nd Edition

Principles of Equity and Trusts

ISBN 9780367611996
Published November 25, 2021 by Routledge
648 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the second edition of Principles of Equity and Trusts , the concise new textbook from Alastair Hudson – the author of the definitive classic, Equity and Trusts. Through clear and careful analysis, the author explains what the law is, its foundational principles, and its social and economic effect. By beginning with the core principles on which this field is based, even the most complex academic debates concerning express, resulting and constructive trusts, the family home, charities law and other equitable doctrines become comprehensible and interesting. This book offers a fresh, lively and often humorous account of Equity and Trusts.

Through easy-to-follow worked examples and analysis of the case law, Alastair helps you to answer problem questions and to prepare coursework. The author shows how the law affects real people in real situations. Each chapter begins with a clear and concise introduction to the core principles. It contains numbered headings for ease of navigation and advice on studying this subject. Students also have access to Professor Hudson’s ever-popular supporting website, which has had hundreds of thousands of hits over the years. It has over 50 brief podcasts on key issues which have been specially re-recorded to coincide with the publication of this book. That website also contains detailed lectures, a variety of videos explaining the law and guidance on tackling assessments.

Characterised by the passion and enthusiasm for his subject matter that make Alastair Hudson’s classic textbook so popular, Principles of Equity and Trusts is sure to be a winner with both academics and students alike.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Fundamentals

1. The Nature of Equity

2. The Nature of Trusts

Part 2: The Creation of Express Trusts

3. The Three Certainties

4. The Beneficiary Principle

5. The Constitution of Trusts

6. Secret Trusts

7. Essay: The Paradox in Express Trusts

Part 3: The Role of the Trustees

8. The Duties of Trustees

9. The Investment of Trusts

10. The Management of Trusts

Part 4: Trusts Implied by Law

11. Resulting Trusts

12. Constructive Trusts

13. Proprietary estoppel

14. Essay: Fiduciaries

Part 5: Trusts of Land and of the Home

15. Trusts of Homes

16. Trusts of Land

17. Essay: A Politics of Trusts Law

Part 6: Breach of Trust and Tracing

18. Breach of Trust

19. Strangers: dishonest assistance and unconscionable receipt

20. Tracing

Part 7: Commercial Uses of Trusts

21. Commercial and international trusts law

22. Quistclose Trusts

Part 8: Charities

23. Charities

Part 9: Equitable Remedies

24. Injunctions

Part 10: Academic Themes in Equity & Trusts

25. Essay: Restitution of unjust enrichment

26. Essay: The concept of conscience in equity

27. Essay: Modern equity


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Alastair Hudson is Visiting Professor of Law, University of Reading. He was formerly Professor of Equity & Finance Law at Queen Mary University of London, the University of Southampton, the University of Exeter and the University of Strathclyde (where he was Head of School). He is the author of more than 20 books on various aspects of law. He is a National Teaching Fellow, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and was voted UK Law Teacher of the Year.