Equity & Trusts (2nd edition)

Paul S. Davies; Graham Virgo; Edward Burn
Texts, Cases, and Materials

Equity & Trusts: Text, Cases, and Materials provides a comprehensive guide to trusts and equity in a single volume. Drawing on a judiciously balanced selection of case extracts, journal articles, and academic writing, Davies and Virgo present their authoritative commentary on the law with clarity and rigour. The text guides students through the key legal principles of each case, utilizing supporting learning features to highlight important aspects and help develop students' independent research skills. Central Issues boxes introduce each chapter to identify the key themes examined and scenario-based questions frame the law in a practical context, encouraging students to think creatively around the subject and assess their own understanding. Equity & Trusts: Text, Cases, and Materials offers an holistic approach to the study of equity and trusts. Using their unrivalled teaching experience, the authors bring together an expertly selected collection of cases, statutes, and legal scholarship to present a text that is firmly student-focused and designed to help students fully grasp the key concepts and achieve the best possible results. Online Resource Centre The Online Resource Centre offers updates to the law post-publication and supporting answer guidance to the end of chapter questions.


Part I Introduction to Equity and Trusts
1 Introduction to equity
2 Introduction to trusts
Part II Express Private Trusts
3 The requirements of an express trust
4 Creation of express trusts
Part III Purpose Trusts
5 Charitable purpose trusts
6 Non-charitable purpose trusts
Part IV Non-express Trusts
7 Constructive trusts
8 Resulting trusts
9 Informal arrangements relating to land
Part V Beneficiaries
10 Beneficiaries
Part VI Trustees
11 General principles relating to trustees
12 The administration of trusts
13 Dispositive powers and duties
14 Fiduciary obligations
Part VII Variation
15 Variation of trusts
Part VIII Breach
16 Liability for breach
17 Personal claims and remedies
18 Proprietary claims and remedies
19 Third party liability
Part IX Orders
20 Equitable orders


Paul S. Davies is Associate Professor in Law and a Fellow and Tutor at St Catherine's College, Oxford, teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Paul was previously a Fellow and College Lecturer in Law at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was also a Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of Law. He currently teaches contract and trusts at undergraduate level, and commerical remedies at graduate level. In 2015 Paul won a Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship awarded by the Society of Legal Scholars for his book Accessory Liability (Hart Studies in Private Law: Hart Publishing).; Graham Virgo is Professor of English Private Law and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Downing College. He is the author of several books on private law, as well as criminal law, including The Principles of the Law of Restitution (3rd ed. 2015) (Oxford University Press) and The Principles of Equity & Trusts (2nd ed. 2016) (Oxford University Press). In 2013 he was shortlisted for the OUP Law Teacher of the Year