Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Zixin Jiang on Unifying and Defining ‘Dishonesty’ in the Law of Trusts (Trusts & Trustees)

"Unifying and defining ‘dishonesty’ in the law of trusts"
Zixin Jiang (JD 2018)
Published in May 2020
Abstract: In this article, I argue that ‘dishonesty’ should be unified and defined in the law of trusts. I argue: (1) the UK Supreme Court in Ivey v Genting Casinos was correct to reject the Ghosh test for dishonesty and to endorse the Royal Brunei test for all legal contexts; (2) the present law on trustee exemption clauses is inconsistent with Ivey, and Walker v Stones must accordingly be overruled; (3) the subjective factors relevant to dishonesty are reducible to a person’s intentions and beliefs; and (4) ‘dishonest’ assistance of a breach of trust should be defined more precisely in terms of what knowledge is required to hold a defendant liable.

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