Specsavers cleared of conspiracy in High Court

High Street multiple wins long-running legal battle against former Dartford store director

Specsavers store

Specsavers has won a long-running High Court legal battle involving one of its former joint venture partners.

The judgement, handed down yesterday (13 October) by Mr Justice Nugee, brings to an end a lengthy legal battle between the High Street multiple and former store director, Swarandeep Birdi, which centred on allegations of conspiracy.

Ms Birdi, who was a joint venture partner and director of Specsavers in Dartford in 2010, claimed that her former joint venture partner, Kam Singh, had conspired with Specsavers to force her out of the business.

Mr Justice Nugee ruled in favour of Specsavers Optical Group and Mr Singh, who remains as shared venture partner of the Dartford practice.

Joint UK managing director of Specsavers, Richard Holmes, said: “I am very pleased with the outcome, but it saddens me that we ended up in court at all, as I know that we did everything we could sensibly do to resolve the situation amicably with Ms Birdi.”

The High Court case was the third in a series of court battles fought by the multiple against former joint venture partners, two of which were settled out of court earlier this year.

No decision has yet been made regarding legal costs and Ms Birdi’s legal representatives have confirmed they are considering an appeal.