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Hello and thank you for your question. I will be very pleased to assist you. I'm a practicing lawyer in England with over 10 years experience.
May I clarify if your husband is an employee or a director of his company for which he works please?
I see - thank you. So this is someone who has fraudulently used his hire account to hire out equipment?
Thanks. But in fact your husband contends that all he signed was an acknowledgement of delivery?
Have they provided him with a copy of what he signed or they claim he signed?
Thanks. Well they can demand all they like but if your husband disputes liability they will need to prove their claim in court. If the signature is different then there should not be a need for a handwriting specialist but if your husbands signature has been forged, a handwriting specialist can be retained.
The concern for your husband is likely to be less the above claim as they will have little in the way of a case if they cannot prove it was on the balance of probability your husband that signed the document, but rather what actions the company may take in respect of your husbands own account. They may decide to restrict or prevent him hiring equipment from them under his own account in the meantime or permanently.
Your husband may wish to think pro actively and look for other hire companies to consider in case this occurs so he is not temporarily without the ability to hire equipment.
As regards XXXXX XXXXX claim the company has against your husband this would appear to be flimsy. If they have accepted a further hire agreement it is up to the company to identify who they are dealing with by satisfying themselves as to ID for the hire. if they failed to do so this is not your husbands liability.
That is ideal as it removes the concern regarding any impact on his own account
On that basis your husband can consider reverting to the company in writing reiterating that he has not signed their hire documentation and that he has attended their offices to produce identification proving this and denying any liability to the company whatsoever inviting them if they consider they have a claim to issue proceedings against him in the county court which will be aggressively defended on the above grounds and costs claimed against them for a vexatious claim given that they have accepted that it is not his signature on the document.
Is there anything above I can clarify for you any further?
A pleasure. If I can assist any further as the situation develops please do no hesitate to let me know.