Bona Vacantia is Latin for ‘vacant goods’. It refers to ownerless property or assets, which can be anything from a dissolved company to sums of cash, or even land and bank accounts. When property is put under Bona Vacantia, its ownership is passed onto the Crown or Duchy.

This can happen for a variety of reasons, like someone dying without leaving a will, or a company dissolving without distributing its assets.

If you have discovered that you have a potential claim to Bona Vacantia property, it is important to seek immediate legal advice. Our team know how to navigate the complicated process of making a claim and will ensure you recover any property that is yours by right.

Our expert team will:

  • Conduct thorough research- We will research Bona Vacantia property to establish clear ownership
  • Negotiate your case- We will liaise with the Crown or Duchy on your behalf
  • Help you reclaim your property- We’ll provide a solid case to the Crown that this Bona Vacantia property belongs to you


Yours by Right

Many people fear Bona Vacantia and worry that submitting an application to the Crown or Duchy will be a losing case. However, this isn’t true when you have the right legal support.

We know how to submit applications that set clear ownership of the property. We’ll also deal with the whole process on your behalf, so you don’t have to lift a finger, other than to claim what is rightfully yours.


Contact the Professional Negligence Team

Please contact Chris Thomson at or Jonathan Robson at

Tel: 0113 284 5000