Social media use

BVD's Twitter policy

The @bonavacantia_uk Twitter account is managed by the Bona Vacantia Division (BVD) of the Government Legal Department. It will be run as a pilot project initially and is subject to review.

We do not use any automation (such as tools which generate tweets from RSS feeds or web pages) to post content on Twitter.

If you follow us, you can expect tweets to cover information about news, notices, publications and unclaimed estates.

We do not provide legal advice to the public.

We do not accept claims of any kind through Twitter.

We reserve the absolute right not to post nor reply to Tweets.


We do not automatically follow back followers.

Being followed or re-tweeted by BVD is no actual or implied endorsement of any kind.


We will manage BVD’s Twitter account during office hours, Monday to Friday in our complete discretion.

BVD accepts no responsibility whatsoever for lack of service due to Twitter downtime or other technical event.

Contacting BVD

You can email BVD at if you have a query over our Twitter page.

We do not recommend that Twitter is used as a method of submitting Freedom of Information requests. In order to prevent delay such requests should be sent in writing to the Division at the address below or by email to

Government Legal department
Bona Vacantia Division
PO Box 70165

Claims to an Estate or Company Asset

If you wish to enter a claim to an estate or to the asset of a dissolved company please review our guidance on Estates and Companies in our Publications section.