Charles Sharland was found in an earlier case to have “laid a false trail by his dishonest evidence” and to have hidden the fact that he was considering floating the firm.
In the other divorce settlement case, the appeal court found that Bhadresh Gohil was an “out-and-out rogue involved in financial criminality on an eye-watering scale”. He was convicted of money laundering following their divorce, the Justices heard.
The Court of Appeal had previously ruled in Bhadresh Gohil’s favour, saying that because the courts were not allowed to use evidence from the husband’s criminal trial, held in open court but not released by the Crown Prosecution Service, they could not prove that he was being dishonest in the original proceedings.
Perseverance has paid off for the ex-wives and it seems that common sense has prevailed, as well as the importance of putting the cards on the table in divorce proceedings.
The judgment is likely to open the floodgages to claims by wronged spouses. It will be interesting to see to what extent it will act as a deterrent to those who are tempted to defraud their spouse, as they are less likely to get away with such conduct.
Two ex-wives who say they are entitled to more money after separation have won their Supreme Court claims that will allow others to reopen their divorce settlements. Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil argued that their ex-husbands misled judges about how much they were worth. Both women took their claims to the Supreme Court in London to establish that non-disclosure in divorce settlements requires a case to be re-examined. Their ex-husbands disagreed. Lady Hale, deputy president of the Supreme Court, said: “She had been deprived of her right to a full and fair hearing of her claims.” Alison Sharland, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, had accepted £10.35m in cash and properties from her ex-husband Charles in the settlement 3 years ago, Justices were told. It later emerged that shares in his company were worth considerably more than previously revealed.