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The extravagant price of high fashion

Wayne Clark and Julia Petrenko review Vivienne Westwood v Conduit Street Development and the test set out in Cavendish Square in a landlord and tenant context

20 June 2017

In Vivienne Westwood v Conduit Street Development Ltd [2017] EWHC 350, the landlord entered into a side letter agreement which provided that the landlord would accept a lower annual rent than that specified in the main lease agreement. The side letter contained provision for the landlord to terminate the agreement with immediate effect in the event of breach by the tenant of any of the terms of the lease. In the event of termination, the side letter provided ‘the rents will be immediately payable in the manner set out in the lease as if this agreement had never existed’.

The tenant failed to pay a quarterly rent instalment on time and the landlord purported to terminate the side agreement. In the High Court (before Timothy Fancourt QC sitting as a deputy judge), the tenant argued that the right of the landlord to terminate the side letter upon any breach by the tenant, thereby increasing the rent paya...

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