Neil Bellis, the deputy chairman of embattled property group Erinaceous, his wife Julia and her sister, Lucy Cummings, Erinaceous chief operating officer, are to go to arbitration over the house in which they all live. The Daily Telegraph.

The house in Isfield, about 13 miles north-east of Brighton, cost around £5.3m in 2004 and extensive work has since been carried out. One project ended up with the family falling out with local contractor Halden Hall, which took the Bellises to Croydon County Court in August.

It was chasing an £18,344.10 debt for work done in 2006.

The Bellises report that they are taking the issue to arbitration.