Feminist Legal Studies

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 119–137 | Cite as

Trusting in Trust(s): TheFamily Home and Human Rights

  • Simone Wong


In July 2002, the U.K. Law Commission published its Discussion Paper No.287 on home-sharing. The conclusion drawn by the Law Commission was that it would not be possible to devise a statutory scheme for the resolution of family property disputes which is both workable and flexible enough to deal with the wide range of personal relationships that exist. It further took the view that, with appropriate changes to the way in which trusts principles are currently interpreted and applied by the courts, these trusts principles are sufficiently flexible and coherent to deal with the question of ascertaining and quantifying property rights over the family home. The aim of this paper is to examine the implications of these particular conclusions drawn by the Law Commission for both the law of trusts and the resolution of family property disputes between cohabitants. In particular, the paper will consider the extent to which trusts law remains a workable and desirable option and whether any mileage may be gained by drawing on the human rights culture that is emerging in U.K. legal and political discourse.

constructive trusts disputes family property human rights Law Commission Discussion Paper No. 278 (2002) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Wong
    • 1
  1. 1.Kent Law School, Eliot CollegeUniversity of KentCanterbury

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