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British National Party Defeated in £389,000 Will Dispute

In a case which threw up novel issues relating to wills and foreign donations to UK political parties, the British National Party (BNP) found itself in legal hot water after failing to convince the High Court that it was entitled to inherit £389,000 left to it by a British national who had lived abroad for almost 20 years.

When Northumbria-born Joseph Robson died in Alicante, Spain, at the age of 81 in March 2010, he bequeathed his entire estate outside Spain – almost entirely made up of offshore investments –- to the BNP. One of his sons received just £135 under the will and the other nothing.

However, the Court ruled that Mr Robson's will fell foul of the prohibition on foreign donations to UK-registered political parties – and that the BNP had broken the law by  'receiving' and 'accepting' the bequest in breach of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. The Court effectively tore up Mr Robson's will, declared that he died intestate and awarded his estate to his sons.

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British National Party Defeated in £389,000 Will Dispute

In a case which threw up novel issues relating to wills and foreign donations to UK political parties, the British National Party (BNP) found itself in legal hot water after failing to convince the High Court that it was entitled to inherit £389,000 left to it by a British national who had lived abroad for almost 20 years.

When Northumbria-born Joseph Robson died in Alicante, Spain, at the age of 81 in March 2010, he bequeathed his entire estate outside Spain – almost entirely made up of offshore investments –- to the BNP. One of his sons received just £135 under the will and the other nothing.

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Court Analyses ‘Added Matter’ in Brake Caliper Patent Dispute

In a reminder to businesses that the protection of original products from competition is not easily achieved, the Court of Appeal has given guidance on the correct approach to the principle of ‘added matter’ in intellectual property cases and has restored a company’s valuable patent in respect of a novel brake caliper design.

The company had launched proceedings against the manufacturers of rival products which were said to infringe the

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