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Vivienne Westwood in legal dispute with franchise partner

A legal dispute has broken out between Vivienne Westwood and one of her long-standing business partners over plans to end the franchise agreement between them.

Manchester-based Hervia Limited, which sells the brand online and operates seven Vivienne Westwood franchise shops in the north and midlands, has initiated High Court proceedings for breach of contract after the designer expressed her intention in June to end their agreement.

There has been a 60-year franchise arrangement between the two parties since 1995, which gives Hervia permission to operate branded stores.

The claim by Hervia also seeks an injunction to prevent Vivienne Westwood Limited from breaching the agreement again and addresses award of damages for past breaches.

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