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The 1st of October 2016 saw the entry of contract law reform. This brought about major changes to rules that have been in place for over 200 years and are both complicated and varied (case law codification, renumbering, deletions, additions and regrouping of articles, new concepts, etc.) for all legal professionals. 

The mobile application “Baker & McKenzie Réforme Contrats 2016” launched last April and has already been downloaded over 2,300 times, helping legal professionals to understand the impact of this particularly complex reform. It allows users to view comparisons between the former articles and the new articles of the French civil code, thanks to a simple key-word search or search by article number. Its users can also learn more about these changes by consulting the President of the Republic’s report of February 11, 2016.

The “Baker & McKenzie Réforme Contrats 2016” application update includes several new features. It is now possible to read the articles in English*. Sharing features have also been included to allow users to share results of their searches more easily. Furthermore, a new “News” tab – which already includes the text of the ratification bill submitted on July 6, 2016 – will be developed further over time. Lastly, it is possible to browse between the articles following and preceding those of a search, in order to contextualise them. Other developments are in progress with the aim of continuing to improve the user experience.

The new version of the application is now available free of charge on iOS and will soon be available on Android (Google Play). It works with both smartphones and tablets. 

You can download the application from the Apple Store  and on Google Play or by flashing the code below:

 Apple store :

Google Play :

You may ask any question or make comments on our new mobile application “Baker & McKenzie Réforme Contrats 2016” by writing to: mobileapp.paris@bakermckenzie.com.

*The English translation was done in collaboration between Mrs. Bénédicte Fauvarque-Cosson, Professor in private law at Paris II University, Panthéon-Assas, Mr. John Cartwright, Professor of the law of contract at Oxford and Mr. Simon Whittaker, Professor of European comparative law. Thanks to Mr. Guillaume Meunier, Magistrate, Head of the Civil Law office at the Ministry of Justice Civil Affairs and Seals Directorate, for his kind assistance.


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