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The Principles of Equity & Trusts

Fourth Edition

Graham Virgo

July 2020

ISBN: 9780198854159

776 pages

In Stock

Price: £42.99

The best-seller which is beautifully written and perfectly balanced - clear, contextual, and sophisticated



The Principles of Equity & Trusts brings an engaging, contextual approach to the subject in this best-selling textbook. Graham Virgo explains the complex issues of trusts and equity with unparalleled clarity, offering a rigorous and insightful commentary on the law and its contemporary contexts.

  • Beautifully written with the student in mind, Virgo's clear explanation and expert analysis is easy to follow and understand
  • Virgo's unique methodical style states the law in clear terms before placing cases within their wider contexts, enabling students to broaden their understanding and fully engage with the key issues
  • Comprehensive and rigorous coverage ensures students are fully equipped to approach the debates within the subject with confidence
  • Also available as an ebook enhanced with self-assessment activities and multi-media content to offer a fully immersive experience and extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Coverage of a number of new cases including Group Seven Ltd v Nasir [2019] on liability for dishonest assistance; Price v Saundry [2019] on rectifiction; Burnden Holdings (UK) Ltd v Fielding [2018] on limitation periods; Lewis v Tamplin [2018] on disclosure; and more
  • Eighteen new flowcharts and diagrams illustrating key cases and principles
  • New discussion on abuse of trust, encompassing sham trusts and illusory trusts
  • Additional coverage on registration of trusts

About the Author(s)

Graham Virgo, Professor of English Private Law; Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), University of Cambridge, Fellow, Downing College

Graham Virgo (QC (Hon)) is Professor of English Private Law and Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education) at the University of Cambridge; a Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge and a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn. He is the author of several books on private law, as well as criminal law, including The Principles of the Law of Restitution (Oxford University Press) and, with Paul Davies, Equity & Trusts: Text, Cases, and Materials (Oxford University Press).

Table of Contents

    Part I: Equity
    1:An introduction to equity
    2:The characteristics of equity
    3:An introduction to the trust
    Part II: The Express Trust
    4:The requirements of an express trust
    Part III: Trusts for Purposes
    6:Charitable trusts
    7:Non-charitable purpose trusts
    Part IV: Implied Trusts
    8:Resulting trusts
    9:Constructive trusts
    10: Informal arrangements relating to property
    Part V: Beneficiaries
    11: Beneficiaries
    Part VI: Trustees and Their Representatives
    13:The administration of trusts
    14:Dispositive powers and duties
    15:Fiduciary duties
    Part VII: Variation of Trusts
    16:The variation of trusts
    Part VIII: Breach of Trust and Fiduciary Duty
    17:Liability for breach of trust and fiduciary duty
    18:Personal claims and remedies
    19:Proprietary claims and remedies
    20:Personal liability of third parties
    Part IX: Equitable Orders
    21:Equitable orders


"Virgo incredibly mixes rigour with accessibility; an excellent students' text." - Dr Remigius Nwabueze, Associate Professor of Law, University of Southampton

"An outstanding text with excellent clarity of exposition, clear analysis, and detail." - Dr Andrew Hicks, Lecturer, University of Hull

"A truly excellent textbook. Virgo has the gift of being able to explain complex issues in a manner which is engaging and accessible, while including the finer, more nuanced points of discussion and debate." - Alec Morris, Lecturer, The University of Buckingham

"In my view the most useful textbook available in this subject in the UK; a great mix of clear explanation of basic concepts with really first-rate analysis of more complex questions." - Professor Hilary Biehler, Professor of Public Law, Trinity College Dublin

"Virgo's textbook succeeds in clearly distilling the principles of equity and trusts. The admirable clarity and accessibility make it an essential text for students navigating this challenging topic." - Dean Taylor, Visiting Lecturer, Westminster Law School

"Virgo manages to integrate insightful analysis and discussion of modern perspectives whilst still maintaining a clear and coherent position throughout." - Dr David Salmons, Aston University

Additional Resources

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

  • The ebook is enhanced with embedded self-assessment activities, additional learning tools to aid recall, and multi-media content including author videos, to offer a fully immersive experience and extra learning support. www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
  • These study tools that enhance the ebook, along with updates, web links to key cases and statutory materials, and flowcharts exploring key cases and principles, are available as stand-alone online resources for use alongside the print book.

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