Drafting in Prose

A blog about drafting contracts using good tools (and bad).

Documents as data: Origin

It’s very easy for a lawyer to look at a legal document and understand the flow of the document. The nested numbering structure provides bones for the meat of the contract to hang off. However the computer can’t see that structure because under the hood all existing drafting tools use a simple list of styled paragraphs as the underlying data model. There’s no nesting structure for a machine to go on, it’s just a list of paragraphs styled to look like structure. Read more →

“I wish I could easily change defined terms”

I was speaking to a lawyer today who said “I wish I could quickly change a definition and get on with my work”. I opened Prose and said, “you mean like this”? “Or perhaps you mean changing the actual term and having it reflect through out the document, like this?” It’s all the little things Prose does. They add up to something much bigger. Read more →

Contract Design in Prose

Here’s a surprising benefit of Prose: The drafted contract tends to be simpler to understand. Why? Because you don’t need to use generic language to allow reuse.

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Prose: An IDE for drafting contracts

Prose is an IDE for drafting contracts. If that sentence doesn’t make any sense to you, then this post is for you. It tells a story of how the IT industry solved a problem which the legal industry currently faces, and how the solution from the IT industry applies equally well to the legal industry. It also happens to be our origin story.

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Contract Drafting Technological Capability

Within the legal industry there are still some misconceptions about technology solutions and what they mean in terms of capability. So in this blog post I am going to map out what I’m going to call a Contract Drafting Technological Capability Model. This includes everything from document automation, through to precedent systems and contract management, and you should be able to plot every legal firm that drafts legal documents somewhere on this capability system.

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