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Equity & Trusts Law Directions

Seventh Edition

Gary Watt

April 2021

ISBN: 9780198869382

560 pages

In Stock


Price: £37.99

This is the most student-friendly guide to the subject; empowering students to evaluate the law, understand its practical application, and approach assessments with confidence.



A considered balance of depth, detail, context, and critique, Equity & Trusts Law Directions offers the most student-friendly guide to the subject; empowering students to evaluate the law, understand its practical application, and approach assessments with confidence.

  • Gain a complete understanding of the topic: we won't overload or leave your students short, just the right amount of detail conveyed clearly
  • Understand the law in context: with scene-setting introductions and highlighted case extracts, the practical importance of the law becomes clear
  • Identify when and how to evaluate the law critically: we'll introduce the key areas of debate and give your students the confidence to question the law
  • Direct and consolidate their knowledge: visually engaging learning and self-testing features aid understanding and help students tackle assessments with confidence
  • Elevate their learning: with the ground-work in place you can aspire to take learning to the next level, the authors provide direction on going further
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Discusses the Supreme Court decision on interest to be paid by tax authorities on monies owed
  • Discusses the Supreme Court decision on the test of dishonesty applicable to civil matters
  • Coverage on the Privy Council decision on the division of investment property acquired by cohabitants
  • Refers to the Court of Appeal decisions on Quistclose trusts; fiduciary duties in arms-length contracts; transactions prejudicing creditors
  • Provides accessible coverage on numerous first instance decisions, reform proposals, and the latest academic commentary on the law

About the Author(s)

Gary Watt, Professor of Law, University of Warwick

Gary Watt is a Professor of Law at the University of Warwick. He was made Law Teacher of the Year in 2009 and in 2010 he was named a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE). He is the author of another OUP book - Trusts & Equity.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction to equity and trusts
    2:Understanding trusts
    3:Capacity and formality requirements
    4:Certainty requirements
    5:The constitution of trusts
    6:Public policy limitations on the formation of trusts
    7:Purpose trusts
    8:Charitable trusts
    9:Variation of trusts
    10:Trustee appointments
    11:The nature of trusteeship
    12:Trustees' duties
    13:Maintenance and advancement
    15:Breach of trust: defences and relief
    16:Resulting and constructive trusts
    17:Informal trusts of land
    19:The equitable liability of strangers to the trust
    20:Equity: doctrines and remedies


"Review from previous edition An excellent text as an introduction to this subject. Accessible, authoritative and in a readable style. Without equal in the marketplace " - Benjamin Jones, University Of South Wales

"It is excellent. Clear, well-spaced, and the use of colour is helpful and writing style is engaging. There is plenty to stimulate interest and reflection. " - Pamela Henderson, Nottingham Trent University

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources

The seventh edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

· The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features
· Three video lectures presented by Gary Watt introduce key areas of debate within the subject
· General guidance on answering essay questions and problem scenarios
· Sample essay questions and problem scenarios, along with answer guidance
· Web links to further primary sources and commentary to aid understanding
· Flashcard glossary to help test knowledge of key terms
· Self-test questions per chapter with instance feedback