A businessman's attempt to sue an IVF clinic over his former partner forging his signature on consent paperwork for IVF treatment has failed.
A court had already concluded that the signature had been forged, with a handwriting expert saying that she was "99% certain". However, the High Court has now ruled that the IVF clinic was not negligent in failing to ensure that the signature was genuine, and therefore did not have to compensate the man for the costs of raising a daughter he says he did not want.
The man has been given leave to launch an appeal, and it will be interesting to see the outcome.
Ensuring that consent paperwork is completed correctly is crucial before embarking on fertility treatment. Despite the IVF clinic's victory, this case should prompt providers of fertility treatment to review their procedures to avoid similar situations arising in the future.
Man loses damages claim against IVF clinic over 'forged' consent