'It contains things I have never seen in 30 years' – employment partners question Allen & Overy's Weinstein NDA

Lawyers express surprise over 'extraordinary' provisions in NDA after online publication

Employment lawyers have described the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) drawn up by Allen & Overy (A&O) for the settlement between disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein and his former assistant Zelda Perkins as being “perilously close to unenforceable” and containing “extraordinary” provisions.

The NDA in question – aspects of which were published online yesterday (28 March) by the Women and Equalities Committee investigating possible abuse of such agreements – was drafted by A&O employment partner Mark Mansell in 1998 after Perkins accused Weinstein of attempting to rape a colleague.

This premium content is reserved for
Legal Week Subscribers.

Subscribe today to get ALL ACCESS and 15% off!

A premium subscription gives you access to all articles and provides:

  • Trusted insight, news and analysis from the UK and across the globe
  • Connections to senior business lawyers within the leading law firms and legal departments
  • Unique access to ALM’s unrivalled, market-leading reporting in the US and Asia and cutting-edge research, including Legal Week’s UK Top 50 and Global 100 rankings
  • The Legal Week Daily News Alert, Editor’s Highlights, and Breaking News digital newsletters and more, plus a choice of over 70 ALM newsletters
  • Optimized access on all of your devices: desktop, tablet and mobile
  • Complete access to the site’s full archive of more than 56,000 articles

Subscribe Now For All Access

For enterprise-wide or corporate enquiries, please contact Paul Reeves on Preeves@alm.com or call on +44 (0) 203 875 0651