Alan Lewis vs David Mason: Tory party stalwart buys rights to Tommy Nutter brand

Tory vice-chairman end four-year court fight over the brand that dressed Jagger and Cher

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A four year high court battle involving the Conservative vice-chairman Alan Lewis and a Savile Row tailoring brand that once dressed Mick Jagger, Elton John and Cher has finally ended.

In an out of court settlement ahead of a Court of Appeal hearing due tomorrow, Tory party stalwart Alan Lewis has agreed to buy the rights to Nutters of Savile Row which leaves him free to use the Tommy Nutter brand - a flamboyant tailor from the swinging sixties whose suits adorned a celebrity clientele including three of the Beatles on their iconic “Abbey Road” album cover.

The complex dispute pitted Mr Lewis, who also owns menswear brand Crombie, against businessman David Mason, who owns the rights to Nutters of Savile Row.

After High Court hearings and years of discussions, Mr Mason has now agreed to sell his rights to Mr Lewis.

Mr Mason, who is also creative director at Anthony Sinclair, the tailor behind the suits in the original James Bond films, will now focus on his other tailoring brands.

Aaron Wood, trade mark attorney at Swindell & Pearson who represented Mr Mason, said the parties had “amicably resolved all issues between them” and “have agreed that from 29 November J&J Crombie will have full ownership of both brands and associated rights.”

Previously, Mr Lewis had been in talks to sell Tommy Nutter to a subsidiary of Fung Capital - the private investment arm of the billionaire Fung family of Hong Kong, which separately controls the trading giant Li & Fung. It is unclear if these talks could be reignited now he has full rights to the name.

Experts in trademarks and brands expect the out of court settlement to have reached hundreds of thousands of pounds.