Private Purpose Trusts and the Re Denley Trust 50 Years On

Trust Law International (2020)

28 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2021

Date Written: October 26, 2020


This article will set out the law of private purpose trusts within England and Wales, and provide a critique on the current state of the law. Concomitantly, it will re-examine Re Denley in light of these considerations to establish to what extent, if any, its ostensible departure from the orthodoxy can be justified. Finally, the article will go on to consider possible recognised, alternate methods which could have been employed in Re Denley to achieve the same ends, thus avoiding the creation of this novel, controversial type of trust.

Keywords: Purpose Trusts, Beneficiary Principle, Non-Charitable

JEL Classification: K1, K10, K11, K19

Suggested Citation

Morris, Alec, Private Purpose Trusts and the Re Denley Trust 50 Years On (October 26, 2020). Trust Law International (2020), Available at SSRN:

Alec Morris (Contact Author)

University of Buckingham ( email )

Hunter Street
Buckingham MK18 1EG
United Kingdom

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