Learn why and how the ClauseBase platform is different from competing products.
Legal drafting is hard. It consists of many different aspects, within very different contexts. You therefore need different tools that are suitable for the task at hand.
Competing legal drafting products focus on a single drafting tool — e.g. data-driven form filling, or AI-suported writing, or extracting clauses from old files, or creating templates within MS Word. And they all make strong claims why their own single paradigm is all you really need.
ClauseBase is the only platform on the market that offers not one, but six different tools — with different levels of power (easy to advanced), different paradigms (clause-based, template-based, AI-based, search-focused, ...), in different software environments (MS Word, Outlook, desktop browsers, mobile phones and server-to-server).
Most document automation tools start as drafting software, but quickly expand into neighbouring contract management areas such as archiving and analysis.
Why? Because developing a good document drafting engine is actually very hard once you move beyond the basics.
We have been researching and developing document drafting since 2011, exclusively focusing on document drafting, to make sure all the hard parts, subtleties and idiosyncrasies of contract drafting are covered. In multiple languages and for different legal styles.
That’s why we can proudly state that we are the most powerful solution on the market. Take a look for yourself over at our features list of Clause9.
The ClauseBase platform was 100% designed and developed by former lawyers, who together have 20+ years of practical contract drafting experience. We are driven by our need to create a tool that we would have liked to use ourselves.
Conversely, many legaltech products were created by a combination of legal outsiders (developers, marketeers, economists, contract managers, venture capitalists, ...), with varying degrees of input from lawyers. Even if the product vision was envisaged by a lawyer, that lawyer will seldom play a steering role in the development.
ClauseBase is passionately developed in Belgium, a small country at the heart of Europe, where lawyers have to juggle with three (and sometimes four) languages on a daily basis.
Multi-lingual support is therefore deeply embedded into the product, and not bolted-on.
ClauseBase was built by two former data protection experts. Data protection is not an afterthought, but deeply ingrained in the product.
E.g., FormStack, HotDocs, LawMatics, Templafy, PandaDocs, Precisely, Prose, SmokeBall, ...
Form fillers are focused on filling the placeholders of templates with (mostly administrative) information. They work in the same was as most basic template modules of document management solutions, with some additional features targeted at the legal market. Other than filling boxes, their drafting features are limited.
E.g., Avokaado, Avvoka, BigleLegal, ContractBook, WoodPecker, Ment (ContractMill)
Legal form fillers are improved versions of generic form fillers. They offer specific features that, compared to generic form fillers, makes them more suitable for legal documents. These products can be a good match if contract lifecycle features (signing, archiving, reporting, etc.) are more important to you than drafting features.
ClauseBuddy's Smart Templates module is comparable to the functionality of those tools.
E.g., Motionize.io, Litera Content (Clause) Companion, Henchman, DraftWise
Clause databases are exclusively targeting clause organisation. They excel at quickly finding a particular clause, and are therefore a great first step into legal technology, but lack functionality to compose entire documents.
ClauseBuddy's Clause Library and Clause Hunt modules are comparable to the functionality of those tools. Together, however, their functionality is much richer than the competing tools can offer that focus on only one paradigm. Read an in-depth comparison here.
E.g., Berkeley Bridge, Bryter and Neota Logic
While focused on creating logical decision structures, these products can also be used for generating legal documents that are simple in terms of content and formatting, while hiding complex, multi-layered legal decision making.