It's been a bad week for…

The Lucans. Lord Lucan may have been officially declared dead but the family he left behind is still fighting. His widow, the Countess of Lucan, is accusing her son George Bingham of taking documents from her home while she was in hospital recovering from tranquilliser addiction. Bingham is believed to be writing a book proclaiming his father's innocence. The Countess is now threatening to take her son to court to recover the documents.

Europe's last absolute monarch – Prince Hans-Adam II of Lichtenstein. The European Court of Human Rights fined the Prince SFr100,000 (£39,000) for contravening freedom of speech principles after he refused to reappoint a judge he dismissed for disagreeing with him. This is prompting a constitutional crisis about the extent of the Prince's power – he says he would rather leave the country altogether than give up his right to dismiss parliament and judges.

Lloyds Bank, which could face trailblazing legal action from irate customers, who say the bank made £1bn out of them by changing its charging policy from a quarterly to a monthly system in 1988. The customers have now handed over a 55-page dossier documenting their grievances to Chancellor Gordon Brown and the Treasury Banking Review Body.