The well-publicised dispute between Mr Ernst Hrabalek and his son, Christian, over the ownership of a collection of classic Lancia cars came to an end today when the Court of Appeal dismissed Christian’s appeal.  He was seeking to overturn a decision of the High Court in May 2015 that the cars, worth £4 million, which the son had failed to return to his father were not his and should be returned.

Ernst Hrabalek was represented by Edwin Coe LLP and barrister Siward Atkins of Maitland Chambers in the appeal.

David Greene, Senior Partner said

“It is always sad to see family members fall out.  My client Ernst Hrabalek had hoped that the matter was concluded last year when the Court found in his favour. Christian Hrabalek sought however to continue the process by seeking to appeal. Today the Appeal Court has kicked out the appeal and my client Mr Hrabalek is only too pleased to bring the matter to an end. It has of course been deeply upsetting for him and he looks forward to putting it behind him. The cars were always rightfully his and he can now, at last, take control of them.”

For further information on this news release, please contact:-

David Greene
Senior Partner
t: 020 7691 4000
e: david.greene@edwincoe.com

Tanya Byrne
Head of Business Development & Marketing
t: 020 7691 4173
e: tanya.byrne@edwincoe.com

About Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP is best known for its work in representing large groups of the public in claims relating to consumer issues, banking, shares. It was the first firm in the UK to specialise in non-conflict class actions and as a result has been involved in many of the major mass claims over 30 years including the Lockerbie Inquiries and litigation.

It is currently litigating for hundreds of investors in film investments against HSBC, for timeshare investors against Barclays Bank in relation to fraud and for investors in other schemes and for hundreds of truck owners in relation to a price-fixing cartel by manufacturers. It has represented 50,000 shareholders in a claim against the Government; 32,000 convenience store owners in competition issues; and 36,000 private shareholders in Northern Rock. It has recently settled a claim for hundreds of South American flower farmers in a claim against British Airways for price-fixing.

The firm also acts in mass torts and is representing claimant victims of the Hillsborough disaster and child abuse victims.

In addition, the firm undertakes public law issues and represented the first claimant in the Article 50 litigation, MPs in the proroguing litigation, the claimant in relation to a challenge under the Good Friday Agreement and, very recently, protesters to HS2 construction.

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