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CPD Course:
Charitable Trusts
in Hong Kong
and Possible Reform

Presented by
Prof. Steven Gallagher,
Associate Professor of Practice in Law,
Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning),
The Faculty of Law,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Charitable Trusts in Hong Kong and Possible Reform
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Code: EVT000000169 Level: Intermediate
Date: 26 January 2017 (Thursday) Language: English
Time: 14:30 - 17:45
(Reception starts at 14:00)
Accreditation(s): LSHK 3.0 CPD Points
(LSHK Allocated Number: 20165116)
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Presenter's Profile:
Prof. Steven Gallagher
Associate Professor of Practice in Law, Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning),
The Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Steven Gallagher was awarded a first class LL.B.  He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2006.  Steven has taught Equity and Trusts, Land Law and Company Law to undergraduates and International Corporate Liquidation and International Corporate Governance to postgraduates in England and Hong Kong.  Steven teaches the Equity and Trusts courses for undergraduate students, the Principles of Equity and Trusts course on the Juris Doctor course and, in 2013, introduced the Principles of Cultural Heritage Law course to the LLM programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Steven has presented continuing professional development courses for solicitors in Hong Kong on many topics associated with equity.  Steven’s research interests include equity and the law of trusts, cultural heritage law and legal history.

Course Outline:

This 3-hour seminar will provide an introduction to the existing law of charitable trusts in Hong Kong and the proposed legislative changes to this area of the law.  The seminar will begin with consideration of the existing law of charitable trusts in Hong Kong, including the benefits of charitable status for a trust and the requirements for charitable status.  The seminar will then consider the problems with the modern law of charitable trusts in Hong Kong.  The 2013 recommendations on legislative changes in Hong Kong will be discussed and considered in the light of recent changes in the law of charities in the United Kingdom.

Some of the topics considered in this seminar will be:

  • The beneficiary principle and the problem with purpose trusts;
  • The benefits of charitable status for trusts;
  • Problems with charitable trusts;
  • The definition of charity;
  • Categories of charitable purpose;
  • The public benefit requirement;
  • The poor relative and poor employee exceptions;
  • Mixed private and public purposes;
  • Proposed changes to the oversight of charitable trusts;
  • The potential civil and criminal liabilities of trustees of charitable trusts;
  • A brief consideration of the doctrine of cy-près.

This course is jointly provided in partnership with:  Kornerstone Limited
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