Why we are different

Dazzle & astound

Most vendors focus on form filling, to take some drudgery out of the document production process. They see automation as a mandatory check on every legal professional’s to-do list. Nice, but ultimately boring.

We build software that allows you to impress your (internal) clients and your colleagues. They will be wowed by the documents you can build.

For sophisticated documents

Most legal drafting software focuses on automating static templates: mostly form filling, with occasionally some clause being deleted.

In real life, legal professionals draft documents that are the opposite of simple. Paragraphs contain exceptions to exceptions that only apply in certain jurisdictions. Strange historical reasons why entities are organised in a certain way. Definitions that sometimes have to be removed. Signatories who change depending on the combination of the entity, product and contract value. And so on.

Other software packages allow you to automate 40% to 60% of “real-life” documents, or require you to manually tweak the layout or numbering. ClauseBase allows you to go all the way.

Focused on drafting

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.

Truly clause-based

As former Big Law lawyers ourselves, we started our software journey because we could not generate our own contracts in template-based software. We therefore built the much more powerful modular, clause-based approach right into the core of our software and our company’s mindset (and name).

So clause-based drafting is not something we bolted on because it’s fashionable to do.

Unleash your inner word smith

Other document automation software is built to automate existing templates that were not designed for any automation. Full of middle-of-the-road compromises to cover as many situations as possible through woolly language.

ClauseBase allows you to break free from these old restraints and shape clauses to precisely fit a deal’s exact situation, in a bespoke yet automated way.

Comparison with other tools

Form fillers

FormStack, HotDocs, LawMatics, Templafy, PandaDocs, Precisely, Prose, SmokeBall, WoodPecker, ...

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.

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Legal form fillers

Avokaado, Avvoka, BigleLegal, ContractBook, 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.

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Contract Express

Thomson Reuters Contract Express

Due to its heritage, Contract Express deserves its own category. This product is a great fit if you have a dedicated document automation team for whom traditional IT management features are a primary concern.

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Clause databases

Motionize.io, Litera Content (Clause) Companion

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.

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Decision trees

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 hide complex, multi-layered legal decision making.

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Realistic use of
Artificial Intelligence

While Artificial Intelligence is great for several types of legal activities, the technology is unfortunately very far removed from being sufficiently reliable for contract drafting.

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ClauseBase therefore makes realistic use of AI, by employing it only in those situations where the software is not taking far-reaching independent decisions. Examples include importing administrative data from forms; searching for clauses; and suggesting the grammatical structure of sentences.

In other words, our software is built to support legal professionals, and does not pretend it can replace them.