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Constructive trusts in various guises have become increasingly common as a cause of action in litigation and in doing so have created a level of uncertainty in the area of trust law. This On Demand seminar looks at what constructive trusts actually are and their uses (and possible abuses) in practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand better what constructive trusts actually are, the forms they may take (institutional and remedial), and how they differ from other types of trusts.
  • Gain insights into how constructive trusts are employed as a cause of action and the role they may play in relationship (and other) property disputes.
  • Learn more about the increasing imposition of constructive trusts over express trusts and the consequences of this for beneficiaries and other interested parties. 

Who should view?

Relationship property and trust litigators, general practitioners, trust and estate planning lawyers, legal executives and all lawyers who act as Professional Trustees


Order timeframe

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.


Vanessa Bruton QC

Vanessa is an Auckland litigator, practising almost exclusively in trust and estate disputes.  

She was lead counsel for the successful plaintiffs in Thurston v Thurston and Green v Green, and acted for the successful trustees in Thompson v Thompson.  

She is a member of STEP and ADLSI’s Trust Law Committee and regularly presents for NZLS and ADLS.  

She went to the independent bar in 2014 and took silk in 2016.  For more about Vanessa see

Chris Kelly
Greg Kelly Law Ltd

Chris Kelly has nearly 40 years’ experience as a lawyer specialising in wills, trusts, estates and elder law.  Chris is co-author of two leading legal texts: Garrow & Kelly Law of Trusts and Trustees (6th & 7th editions) and Dobbie’s Probate Administration Practice (5th edition and 6th editions).

He has also contributed to other publications such as New Zealand Forms and Precedents and Laws of New Zealand.  

Chris is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and gained an LLM with a thesis on the accountability of trustees.  

Chris has chaired several Elder Law Conferences.  He has lost track of the number of papers he has presented at legal conferences.


The Honourable Justice Hinton