The Court of Appeal has rejected a claim for compensation against a London fertility clinic, brought by a man whose former partner forged his signature on a consent form for IVF treatment. 

The couple had had a number of embryos frozen during their relationship, and a few months after they separated in 2010 the mother used the forged signature to undergo fertility treatment using one of those embryos. The treatment was successful and the parties's daughter was born the following year. 

Although the father's claim for breach of contract by the clinic was actually successful, the Court of Appeal ruled that it would be contrary to public policy for him to be compensated for the costs of bringing up what was still, regardless of the circumstances, his own healthy child. 

Although the circumstances are extremely unusual, this case highlights the worryingly common phenomenon of fertility clinics making serious errors with consent paperwork, which later have to be dealt with in court.