Gallery continues fight with its landlord

A city business has won the latest stage of a legal battle for the right to remain at its current gallery.

S Franses, a textile specialist, has occupied the premises at the Cavendish Hotel, in St James, Central London, for more than 25 years.

But its current 15-year lease came to an end last year and the landlord [a subsidiary of the CapitaLand company] did not wish to renew the arrangement, with plans to instead redevelop the gallery into two retail units.

This prompted a fight from S Franses to remain at its current home, with director Simon Franses framing the dispute as “a David and Goliath”-style battle.

At the initial hearing at London County Court earlier this year, the dealership had lost. But it subsequently appealed to the High Court, which has overturned the original ruling.

A spokesman for the hotel said: “The outcome of the High Court decision on 3 July is that, subject to any appeal by either party, the case is to be remitted back to the County Court for further consideration. Accordingly, we would be happy to comment once the litigation has been finally concluded.”

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