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CPD Course:
Untangling the Rules
Against Perpetuities
and the Abolition
of the Rules
for Trusts Effected
in Hong Kong After 2013

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

Untangling the Rules Against Perpetuities and the Abolition of the Rules for Trusts Effected in Hong Kong After 2013
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Code: EVT000000425 Level: Intermediate
Date: 31 October 2023 (Tuesday) Language: English
Time: 09:30 - 12:45
(Reception starts at 09:00)
Accreditation(s): LSHK 3.0 CPD Points
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Presenter's Profile:
Prof. Steven Gallagher

Steven Gallagher was awarded a first class LL.B.  He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2006.  Steven teaches equity and trusts, property law, and digital technology and law.  Steven also teaches a course on art, antiquities, cultural heritage and the law.  Steven has presented continuing professional development courses for solicitors in Hong Kong on many topics associated with property.  Steven’s research interests include equity and the law of trusts, art and cultural heritage law and legal history.  He is not a technologist.  In 2023 Steven published the first treatise dealing formally and systematically with all the major aspects of, and entitled, Digital Technology and Law.

Course Outline:

This 3-hour seminar will consider the abolition of the rule against perpetuities for trusts created in Hong Kong after 1 December 2013.  On 1 December 2013 the Trust Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2013 amended the Perpetuities and Accumulations Ordinance (Cap. 257).  The rule against perpetuities and the rule against excessive duration no longer applies to most trusts created in Hong Kong.  The rule against excessive accumulation was also abolished for all trusts created in Hong Kong except charitable trusts will no longer be restricted in their accumulation period.

This seminar will consider the three perpetuities regimes which were such a concern for those involved in trust administration in Hong Kong.  The seminar considers the origins of the rules, their purposes, their effectiveness, and the devastation they wrought in the common law of trusts.  The seminar also considers why Hong Kong has been one of the few traditional English common law jurisdictions to take the courageous step of abolishing the rule(s) against perpetuities.

Some of the topics considered in this seminar will be:

  • The confusion between the rule against perpetuities, the rule against inalienability and the rule against excessive accumulation;
  • The common law and perpetuities;
  • The statutory perpetuities regime;
  • The statutory exception for non-charitable purpose trusts;
  • Thellusson and excessive accumulations;
  • Accumulations and the Perpetuities and Accumulations Ordinance;
  • Reform of the rules in other jurisdictions;
  • The consultation on reform in Hong Kong;
  • The effect of abolition for trusts created after 1 December 2013 in Hong Kong;
  • Restrictions on accumulation for charitable trusts after 1 December 2013;
  • Perpetual trusts created in Hong Kong of real property outside the jurisdiction;
  • How to enjoy perpetuities.

This course is provided by:  Kornerstone Limited
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