Corby Castle dispute to go to Supreme Court

Posted: 24th January 2012

A bitter dispute over an inheritance is set to run still further after Philip Howard, son of Sir John Howard-Lawson, announced his intention to appeal a decision of the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court.Corby Castle
Sir John sold the family seat, Corby Castle, for £2.5 million in 1994. His son claims a share of the proceeds of sale on the basis of allegations that his father did not comply with provisions in the will under which he had inherited the estate. These included requirements that he change his name to Howard and adopt the Howard coat of arms and to take the necessary steps to do so within a year.
Although attempts were made to comply with these requirements, the procedures were not completed within the stipulated time.
The High Court and then the Court of Appeal considered that Sir John’s actions had been reasonable but his son does not accept this judgment and is pressing ahead with an appeal!