Bona Vacantia

The Bona Vacantia Division of the Government Legal Department administers the estates of persons who die intestate without known kin and collects the assets of dissolved companies and failed trusts. This section of the GOV.UK site includes information and guidelines for making a claim.

James Kessler QC

James Kessler is a barrister specialising in tax law and trusts. Within the “Books” section of his web site there are free “resource archives” of reference material relating to each of his three published books, Drafting trusts and will trusts, Taxation of non-residents and foreign domiciliaries and Taxation of charities and nonprofit organisations. (Online access to each of the books themselves is available only to those who have purchased the book and an online licence.)

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is a set of barristers’ chambers in Lincoln’s Inn specialising in commercial chancery and property work. Its web site includes short summaries of recent cases (with some in full text) and more than 50 articles on a wide range of topics. Cases and articles can be found under the “Information” tab.

New Square Chambers

New Square Chambers is a set of barristers’ chambers in Lincoln’s Inn which lists its main areas of work as civil fraud, commercial litigation, intellectual property, company, insolvency, property, trusts and estates, and offshore work. There are frequent articles and newsletters relating to these and other topics, with property and trusts perhaps most strongly represented. Also on the site are a number of calculators, amongst them a calendar for the years 1800 to 2200 and a term date calculator for the legal years 1972-73 to 2200-01.

Offical Solicitor and Public Trustee

The Official Solicitor and Public Trustee is a combined office which provides administrative and operational support to two separate, independent statutory office holders, the Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts and the Public Trustee. Their function is to help people who are vulnerable because of their lack of mental capacity or young age to take advantage of the services offered by the justice system. In this section of the GOV.UK web site there are contact details, forms, guidance and annual reports.