Contracting Platforms are systems that allow lawyers, whether in a law firm or in a corporate, to greatly speed up and improve the contract (and other legal documents) generation and completion process. Often included in this are automated improvements to the negotiation phase, as well as a layer of data extraction that allows the user to gain better insights into the contracting process and its outputs.

The companies listed here include:

  • Avvoka
  • Contract Express – Thomson Reuters (has other applications, see listing)
  • Contract Mill
  • HelpSelfLegal
  • HotDocs
  • JuriBlox (has other applications, see listing)
  • JURIDOC (has other applications, see listing)
  • Juro

Avvoka

Core Product(s): Cloud based contract automation platform

Key Use Cases:

Standardised automated mass generation and bundling of documents (i.e. engagement letters, NDA’s etc)

Clause heatmaps and graphs of tracked changes

Regulatory and Multi-jurisdictional questionnaires

HQ: Allen & Overy Fuse, London (FUSE)

Other Offices: NA

Total Staff (approx.): 10

Year of Founding: 2015

Development Stage (e.g. Beta, fully operational): Fully operational

CEO (or equiv): Eliot Benzecrit

CTO (or equiv): Tom Doscoskil

Main external investors, if any: NA

Target Market: Law firms, In-house legal teams (General Counsel/legal Counsel). Operations teams.

Main Legal Jurisdictions in which you currently operate: Australia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Hong Kong,

Reference Clients: NA

Pricing Model(s): License per month basis.

Software Configuration (e.g. cloud; on-site installation): Cloud

Security Standards (e.g. ISO Cert, or other): ISO 27001 – in progress

Company Description:

Avvoka is a contract creation, live-negotiation and analytics tool, founded in 2015 by two former corporate solicitors to bring efficiency to the way in-house legal teams and law firms contract on standard terms. The system provides for the rapid automation of contract templates by, unlike legacy tools, doing away with the need to use complex coding in Word documents.

We empower customers to reach agreement in record time by allowing live collaboration on legal documents with colleagues and advisors, before negotiating directly in the platform with counterparties. Avvoka has a range of sophisticated reporting tools to allow legal teams to monitor where they’re seeing clause push-backs in their contracts, track revenue-hitting terms and compare individual negotiator performance.

What is your core product’s key selling point?

Contract templating

First draft generation

Collaborative Documents/Live negotiation

Live tracked changes

Document analytics

Main contact email: Samuel.haines@avvoka.com

Twitter (or other social media): @avvokalaw

https://www.linkedin.com/company/avvoka/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuelhaines-avvoka/

Contract Express – Thomson Reuters

Core Product(s):

  • Contract Express (this listing)

Other applications (not listed here)

  • Westlaw Edge (pending)
  • Practical Law
  • Elite 3E
  • CLEAR
  • eDiscovery Point

Main Technology (Contract Express):

  • Patented logic rules system for automated drafting that auto-builds decision trees from a proprietary clause mark-up language
  • Real time analysis of clause mark-up language in Microsoft Word

Key Use Cases:

  • Automated drafting of documents from templates
  • Client facing automated drafting and collaboration
  • Self-service contract drafting for business users in corporations
  • Contract negotiation and e-signature
  • Expertise automation

HQ: Toronto, Canada

Other Offices: 100+ Countries

Total Staff: 45,000+

Year of Founding: 1799 (as Sweet and Maxwell)

Development Stage: Fully operational

CEO: Jim Smith

CTO: Stewart Beaumont

Target Market:

  • Law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Financial services
  • Government / Public sector

Main Legal Jurisdictions in which you currently operate:

  • UK
  • US
  • Canada
  • ANZ
  • EMEA
  • APAC

Reference Clients:

  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • Clifford Chance
  • Mishcon de Reya
  • Radiant Law
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • Kerman & Co

Pricing Model(s): Per User

Software Configuration: Cloud or on-prem

Security Standards: ISO 27001

Company Description:

Trusted content, software and services, designed to increase the efficiency of legal practitioners. Benefit from powerful legal research products, current awareness, and integrated tools that help manage your matters, contracts, and departments.

What is your core product’s key selling point?

Contract Express quickly automates contracts you frequently use, increasing productivity by reducing steps in the drafting process. Users generate these draft documents by filling out web-based forms called questionnaires. The forms are created automatically from your organisation’s own templates or from services such as Practical Law.

Main contact email: https://legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.co.uk/en/contact-us.html

Twitter: @ContractExpress

Contract Mill

Core Product(s):  Document automation platform

Main Technology: Wysiwyg smart editor, Document assembly

Key Use Cases:

  • automating document templates easily yourself
  • creating customised documents from templates in minutes
  • self-check-in and do-it-yourself for client facing
  • widgets for self-service document generation

HQ: Helsinki, Finland

Other Offices: NA

Total Staff (approx.): 3

Year of Founding: 2016

Development Stage (e.g. Beta, fully operational): Fully operational

CEO (or equiv): Kaisa Kromhof

CTO (or equiv): Alexandr Lukyanov

Main external investors, if any: NA

Target Market: Law firms

Main Legal Jurisdictions in which you currently operate: Europe

Reference Clients: NA

Pricing Model(s):

Monthly subscriptions for standard plans and possibility for document based pricing for API and widgets

Software Configuration (e.g. cloud; on-site installation):    Cloud-based

Security Standards (e.g. ISO Cert, or other): Certification is planned.

Company Description:

Contract Mill was founded by two lawyers in 2016 originally to solve on one hand personal frustration of a legal service provider related to inability to improve access to legal services due to costly manual work and on the other hand personal irritation of a general counsel to pay too much for low value-adding legal commodity work. As a result, Contract Mill as a platform for lawyers to automate their own documents and using automated content to serve their clients was born.

We help law firms to provide digitally supported, scalable legal services and improve access to justice. Design driven and fun Contract Mill platform is the digital backbone to move from manual processes to automate and scale document creation resulting in better business – also tomorrow!

What is your core product’s key selling point?

1)        Users love our UI/UX, it is intuitive and easy yet works perfectly for both simple and complex documents

2)        Contract Mill supercharges internal efficiency by boosting knowledge management and productivity

3)        Our inbuilt advanced style editor allows the user to easily create unlimited amount of own styles and to have own look and feel in documents

4)        We offer special features for client facing: Self-Check-In and Do-It-Yourself as well as Self-Service Widget

5)        We offer a design-powered onboarding process to maximize the success of the implementation in the organisation

6)        Our pricing model is attractive, making it accessible to the SME law firms and enabling law firms to use Contract Mill in client facing

Main contact email: kaisa@contractmill.com

Twitter (or other social media):

twitter.com/contractmill

linkedin.com/company/contract-mill

facebook.com/contractmill

HelpSelf Legal

Core Product(s): Document Automation; Document Assembly; Legal Workflow Management

Main Technology: Document Automation Builder

Key Use Cases: Automating legal workflows, templates, and court forms.

HQ: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Other Offices: San Francisco, CA

Total Staff (approx.): 10

Year of Founding: 2018

Development Stage: Fully Operational

CEO (or equiv): Dorna Moini

CTO (or equiv): Michael Joseph

Main external investors, if any: NA

Target Market: Law Firms, Legal Aid Organizations, Non-Lawyers with form or template automation needs

Main Legal Jurisdictions in which you currently operate: Mainly in US, but with several clients worldwide

Reference Clients: NA

Pricing Model(s): Monthly licensing fee – $200/mo. Discounted rates for small firms and non-profits.  No minimum term.

Software Configuration (e.g. cloud; on-site installation): Cloud. No installation required.  Works on all operating systems and browsers.

Security Standards (e.g. ISO Cert, or other): Using industry best practices.

Company Description:

HelpSelf’s Document Automation Builder allows lawyers to create customized guided interviews that issue file-ready or execution-ready documents.

The web-based software can be used to turn frequently used templates, document sets, contracts, or court forms into intelligent interviews, which lawyers can then publish on the web.  The interviews can be used internally – to streamline internal law firm processes – or externally – to publish low-cost, flat-fee technology tools for clients on your own website.

No technical expertise is needed.  Works on all operating systems and browsers.  Mailing, payment, and practice management integrations are also available.

What is your core product’s key selling point?

HelpSelf allows lawyers to create powerful document automation tools that streamline repetitive legal work.  The software is affordable, easy-to-use, and has a modern, mobile-friendly interface that your clients will love.  It takes less than 5 minutes to learn how to start automating.

Main contact email: accounts@helpselflegal.com

Twitter (or other social media):

Twitter: @helpselflegal

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/helpselflegal/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helpselflegal/

HotDocs (AbacusNext International Ltd)

Core Product(s):  HotDocs

Main Technology: Automated Document Assembly Software

Key Use Cases: template authoring and document assembly/automation

HQ: Edinburgh, Scotland

Other Offices: San Diego, CA, USA

Total Staff (approx.):    NA

Year of Founding: 1983

Development Stage: Fully operational

CEO (or equiv): Alessandra Lezama

CTO (or equiv): Jerome Fodor

Main external investors, if any: Providence Equity Partners

Target Market: Banking, Legal, Insurance, Corporate, and Government

Main Legal Jurisdictions in which you currently operate: Europe and North America, but have clients around the globe.

Reference Clients: Royal Bank of Scotland, Orrick, ECE, Caltrans

Pricing Model(s): Pricing depends on number of users and hosting needs.

Software Configuration (e.g. cloud; on-site installation):   Desktop, Cloud, On-site or Hybrid

Security Standards (e.g. ISO Cert, or other): When deployed in the Abacus Private Cloud the following security certifications apply: https://www.abacusnext.com/cloud-hosting/data-center-compliance#compliance

Company Description:

As the largest Technology-as-a-Service (TaaS) provider for the professional services sector, AbacusNext helps legal and accounting professionals achieve ultimate success and peace of mind through the delivery of a complete suite of compliance-ready technology solutions designed to support a secure and cloud-enabled practice at a cost they can afford.

What is your core product’s key selling point?

HotDocs transforms frequently used, business critical documents and forms into dynamic templates that enable custom documentation in a fraction of the time.

Parent Company: https://www.abacusnext.com/

HotDocs: https://www.hotdocs.com/

Main contact email: nlara@abacusnext.com

Twitter (or other social media):

https://twitter.com/abacus_next?lang=en

https://twitter.com/hotdocsgroup?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/abacuslaw/

https://www.facebook.com/hotdocs/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/abacusnext-international

https://www.linkedin.com/company/hotdocs-limited

JuriBlox B.V.

Core Product(s):

  • JuriBlox: Interactive document/advice generator (document assembly);
  • PrivacyBlox: Intuitive GDPR compliance tool;
  • JuriBlox DocumentShop: build your own online document shop;
  • NDALynn: Automatic NDA review software.

Main Technology :

  • JuriBlox, PrivacyBlox and DocumentShop: Legal expert system which makes use of algorithmic logic;
  • NDALynn: Machine Learning.

Key Use Cases :

  • Document drafting and assembly;
  • Knowledge management and storage;
  • Contracting flow automation;
  • Collaboration on document drafting and negotiation;
  • GDPR risk and compliance;

HQ: Jollemanhof 8a, 1019 GW Amsterdam.

Total Staff (approx.): Apprx 12.

Year of Founding: 2016.

Development Stage : Fully operational.

CEO : Niels Winters, Business Manager.

CTO : N/A

Main external investors, if any:  N/A

Target Market :

Law firms, boutique law firms, general counsels, interim legal counsels, privacy officers, lawyers, paralegals, HR-managers, purchasing managers.

Main Legal Jurisdictions in which you currently operate:

The Netherlands, Belgium and United States.

Reference Clients : N/A

Pricing Model(s):

The pricing of JuriBlox depends on the degree of usage of the software. As a guideline, the price has been set at EUR 79,- per month if one user does not exceed the generation of 20 documents per month.

Software Configuration (e.g. cloud; on-site installation):

Cloud-based software.

Security Standards (e.g. ISO Cert, or other):

JuriBlox is currently in the process of obtaining an ISO 27001 certification. Hosting of the servers has been outsourced to an ISO 27001:2013, ISO 9001 and NEN 7510 certified hostingprovider.

Company Description :

JuriBlox is a software company derived from ICTRecht, a boutique legal advisory firm on ICT and privacy law. Our main focus is to automate work flows within the legal industry, more specific when it comes to drafting legal documentation. We have therefore developed the software of JuriBlox which enables lawyers, general counsels and other legal advisory firms and/or companies with legal departments to use their valuable time more efficient by automating the draft of legal documentation.

Legal documents via JuriBlox are generated by completing an interactive questionnaire. Clients have the possibility to use templates and questionnaires of JuriBlox which have been drafted by JuriBlox and its legal partners or to use their own organizational templates. JuriBlox provides consultancy services to clients when implementing own templates on the cloud-based software of JuriBlox.

What is your core product’s key selling point?

JuriBlox’s main key selling points are:

  • A flexible and user-friendly platform which allows you to easily generate standard legal documentation tailor made to a specific case;
  • From a central platform, always have access to the most recent and up-to-date templates within your organization which improves the efficiency of and reduce any mistakes by employees;
  • Guarantee the quality of your legal documentation by setting user rights to accounts to ensure that templates can only be amended by authorized employees;
  • Easily draft and amend questionnaires and corresponding content of your own templates;
  • Assign tasks to certain employees/users within the online platform;
  • The ability to train junior employees by working with practical cases from the start.

Main contact email: info@juriblox.com

Twitter:

JURIDOC

Core Product(s):  Document Automation, Online Negotiation, Document Management, Legal document marketplace

Main Technology: NodeJS, TypeScript, JavaScript, MongoDB, Git, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain,

Key Use Cases (e.g. doc review; risk assessment, research): In September with our beta version of our future legal platform

HQ: Brazil

Other Offices: NA

Total Staff (approx.): 5

Year of Founding: 2017

Development Stage (e.g. Beta, fully operational):

  • Document Automation : fully operational
  • Online negotiation : Beta
  • Document Management : Beta
  • Legal document Marketplace : end of 2018

CEO (or equiv): Maxime Troubat

CTO (or equiv): Silas Balmante

Main external investors, if any: Startup Farm

Target Market: Law firms, Corporates (sales and HR teams)

Main Legal Jurisdictions in which you currently operate: Brazil for now, USA and Europe in 2019

Reference Clients: NA

Pricing Model(s):

  • Per document and services
  • Plan

Software Configuration (e.g. cloud; on-site installation): Cloud

Security Standards (e.g. ISO Cert, or other): NA

Company Description:

Juridoc is one of the legaltech pioneers in Brazil. Created in 2017, Juridoc has successfully launched a legal platform where small and medium companies can generate personalized legal documents and also provide services such as creating a company or registering a brand.

The ambition of the company is to revolutionize legal services through technology.

That’s why a new platform is already on track and will be released in September 2018. It will offer more services. Indeed, Juridoc will then be a cloud-based contract automation platform where anyone will be able to automate, review, send, negotiate, sign, and manage their legal documents, all in one place. They will also have access to a marketplace of legal documents made by Juridoc and by lawyers.

The cherry on the cake: with the partnership with IBM Watson, Juridoc will use Artificial Intelligence to help entrepreneurs become better negotiators. This platform will be usable worldwide.

What is your core product’s key selling point?

We are providing an all in one legal platform scalable for different uses.

Main contact email: maxime@juridoc.com.br

Twitter (or other social media):

https://twitter.com/juridocbrasil

https://www.linkedin.com/company/juridoc

https://www.facebook.com/juridoc/

Juro

Core Product(s): Contract workflow platform

Main Technology: NER, NLP, ML. Contract authoring, negotiation and e-signing, with AI-level analytics and data extraction tools.

Key Use Cases: Contract management, contract workflow for legal, sales and HR (including via API)

HQ: London, UK

Other Offices: Riga, Latvia

Total Staff (approx.): 16

Year of Founding: 2016

Development Stage (e.g. Beta, fully operational): fully operational

CEO (or equiv): Richard Mabey

CTO (or equiv): Pavel Kovalevich

Main external investors, if any: Point Nine Capital, Seedcamp, Taavet Hinrikus (TransferWise founder), Michael Pennington (Gumtree founder), Paul Forster (Indeed founder), Ned Staple (GC of Zoopla).

Target Market: In-house lawyers

Main Legal Jurisdictions in which you currently operate: Europe, US, Canada

Reference Clients (optional): Deliveroo, Estee Lauder, Hostmaker and Nested

Pricing Model(s): Per user licenses for standard plans; volume based for API plans

Software Configuration (e.g. cloud; on-site installation):  Cloud

Security Standards (e.g. ISO Cert, or other): IASME, CyberEssentials (working towards ISO27001)

Company Description:

Juro is a next generation contract workflow platform, headquartered in London. The platform offers contract authoring, negotiation and e-signing tools while delivering AI-level analytics and data extraction capabilities. Founded by an ex Magic Circle lawyer, the platform covers the end-to-end contract process, whether through the Juro interface or via API. Juro is backed by Point Nine Capital, Seedcamp and the founders of TransferWise, Gumtree and Indeed and serves the likes of Deliveroo, Estee Lauder, Hostmaker, and Nested.

What is your core product’s key selling point?

Combining the power of AI with a design first approach. Powerful technology that anyone – whether in a legal, sales or HR – can use.

Main contact email: alice@juro.com

Twitter (or other social media):

Twitter: @GetJuro , LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/juro/


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