Drafting in Prose

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

“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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Semantics and structure vs styles in legal documents

One of the main selling points of Prose is that there is a feature that it doesn’t have. It doesn’t have Word’s “styles”. Instead we have what I call the “semantic, structural model”. Prose models the components of a document as blocks; for example, clauses, glossaries, annexes & schedules. Each of these blocks has a particular semantic associated with it - a clause means something to a lawyer. It also has a definitive start and end, it can be numbered, and it contains paragraphs and sub-clauses. Read on to find out why this matters.

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