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Interfering mother in law in centre of multi-million divorce case

Author: Joe Elvin


An interfering mother-in law is said to be at the heart of a multi-million pound divorce battle involving the ownership of a family dentistry chain.

According to, the Court of Appeal case between millionairess dentist Anushika Sharma and her husband Sunny had an interesting side-narrative, involving a "strong mutual antipathy" between Anushika and Sunny's mother Kesh.   

It was Sunny and Kesh who launched the appeal, after Anushika was awarded sole ownership of seven dentistries by the divorce courts last year.

In this appeal, it was suggested that Anushika set up her own practices away from the family business, in order to escape "interference" from her "dominant and highly controlling mother-in-law."

Yet, Sunny and Kesh believe that five of these practices belong to them.  

Representing Anushika, divorce lawyer Alan Gourgey QC claimed that the family had agreed it was for the best to launch a business outside of Kesh's control.

According to, he said: "Anushika was aware of her mother-in-law's control and, in light of such knowledge, the (Sharma family) agreed not to make what the wife regarded as her business, subject to such control. There was fully informed consent by all the joint venturers to her acquiring new dental practices for her own account."

The case continues.


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