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David Hayton


University of Newcastle LLB.
University of Cantab MA.
University of Newcastle LLD.

Caribbean Court of Justice Judge
King's College London Professor 
Lincoln's Inn, London Barrister


English and International Trusts

Professor Hayton sat as a Recorder (a part-time judge) 1984 till 2000 and sat as Acting Justice of   The Bahamas' Supreme Court in 2000 and 2001. He has been Deputy Chair of the Trust Law Committee of England & Wales since it was set up in 1994, (chairing Working Parties contributing to the Trustee Act 2000 and three topics being referred to the Law Commission).

Professor Hayton headed the UK Delegation to The Hague Conference on Private International Law for the Convention on The Law Applicable to Trusts and on their Recognition (1984) and for the Convention on Succession to the Estates of Deceased Persons (1988), and was at the heart of the preparation of the eight Principles of European Trust Law. For the Edwards' (Home Office) Review of Financial Regulation in the Crown Dependencies (1998 Cm 4109-1) he was the trust law consultant, while in 2000 he was engaged as technical advisor to the International Monetary Fund advising on Offshore Financial Centres’ Trust Law and Trustee Regulation. He has written a Consultation Paper on Financial Services and Trust Law, 1990, (commissioned by SIB and IMRO),a Report for The Association of Corporate Trustees on Trusts and their Commercial Counterparts in Continental Europe,2002.

Professor Hayton accepted many invitations to speak at commercial and academic Conferences throughout the world and gave the opening address to the Annual Conference of Trust Lawyers in New Zealand in 1999, the Annual Superannuation Funds Conference in Australia in 2003 and the Annual Conference of Pension Lawyers in South Africa in 2004.

Members of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (and its Executive Council)


Underhill and Hayton: Law of Trusts and Trustees (13th ed,1979, to 16th ed,2003),
Hayton and Marshall: Commentary and Cases on Law of Trusts and Equitable Remedies (6th ed 1975 to 11th ed. 2001)
Hayton: Law of Trusts (4th ed. 2003).
Hayton (ed.) European Succession Laws (1998 Jordan Publishing, 2nd ed,2002)),
Hayton (ed.) Modern International Developments in Trust Law (1999,Kluwer)
Hayton (ed) Extending the Boundaries of Trusts and Similar Ring-Fenced Funds
Hayton (eds) Principles of Europ