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CPD Course:
Mutual Wills
and Secret Trusts
in Practice and Theory

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

Mutual Wills and Secret Trusts in Practice and Theory
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Code: EVT000000179 Level: Intermediate
Date: 4 May 2017 (Thursday) Language: English
Time: 14:30 - 17:45
(Reception starts at 14:00)
Accreditation(s): LSHK 3.0 CPD Points
(LSHK Allocated Number: 20171228)
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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 law of mutual wills and secret trusts in Hong Kong.  The seminar will describe how the doctrine of mutual wills and the recognition of secret trusts developed at common law, and the existing law of mutual wills and secret trusts in Hong Kong.  The seminar will consider the problems associated with the creation and enforcement of mutual wills and secret trusts.  The seminar will conclude with a consideration of theories concerning the enforcement of mutual wills and secret trusts.

Some of the topics considered in this seminar include:

  • The historical development of the law of mutual wills and secret trusts;
  • Reasons for the creation of mutual wills and secret trusts;
  • Legal problems with the creation of mutual wills and secret trusts;
  • Practical problems with the creation of mutual wills and secret trusts;
  • The requirements for valid and enforceable mutual wills and secret trusts;
  • Academic theories for the enforcement of mutual wills and secret trusts;
  • The future for mutual wills and secret trusts in Hong Kong.

This course is jointly provided in partnership with:  Kornerstone Limited
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