A partner of a notary office wanted to appeal an arbitral award under the former version of Article 1484 of the French Code of Civil Procedure [arbitral awards might be appealed unless the parties agreed otherwise]. He justified its application by the adoption of the office internal regulation in 2008, which contained an arbitration clause.
Nonetheless, by virtue of a deed of assignment concluded in 2014, new partners had been accepted in the office, thus the internal regulation took contractual effect at this date. The arbitration clause was therefore subject to the new provisions.