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Earl of Durham v Lady Lucinda Lambton & Ors

[2013] EWHC 3566 (Ch)

Court: High Court
Date of Judgment: 18.11.13
Dominic Dowley QC, Prof Jonathan Harris QC

Instructed by the claimant in a dispute between siblings as to the succession to their father's estate.  The Earl of Durham was the sole beneficiary under his father's will.  His father died domciled in Italy.  Three of his sisters claimed shares of their father's assets under Italian law and asserted that the value of their shares should include valuable English land disposed of during the deceased's lifetime.  The Earl of Durham sought declaratory relief in England that the sisters had no claim on the English assets.  The challenge by the three sisters to the jurisdiction of the English courts was dismissed.  The case was widely covered in the national press.

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