Registration of electronically signed documents

Since 1 January 2021, companies have been able to register electronically signed private deeds with the competent registration services, with the exception of unilateral promises of sale mentioned in Article 1589-2 of the Civil Code. The current health crisis has...

The action for nullity for fraud and the obligation to provide information and advice

The action for nullity for fraud does not exclude the possibility of acting for breach of an obligation to provide information and advice. Cour de cassation, 3rd Chamber, 14 January 2021, #19-24.881 In this case, a couple had been approached by a company responsi...

Breach of contract and contract lapse

A breach of contract by a party is not a contract lapse Court of Appeal of Versailles, France, 12th chamber, 24 September 2020, no. 19/03654 Article 1186 of the French Civil Code provides that a validly formed contract lapses if one of its essential elements disa...

Borrower’s insurance : duty of advice and time limit

In France, the barrower’s action against the bank who advised him, in compensation for the loss of the chance to purchase a more adequate insurance cover becomes time barred after five years within the date of the insurer’s refusal to cover a loss. French Hig...

Key rules before hiring in France

Pre-employment declaration (DPAE = Déclaration Préalable à l’embauche) Non-EU candidate Two main types of contract The main rules applicable to a French employment contract Working times Top executive’s (“cadre dirigeant”) status I. Pre-e...