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LegalTech NY Reports: new cloud-based document assembly

Simmons & Simmons has licenced ContractExpress.com to provide its lawyers and clients with a firm wide document assembly capability. ContractExpress.com is a new system from Business Integrity – and is being formally launched at LegalTech New York later today – that is described as the first premium document assembly application to be offered as a cloud or SaaS (software as a servic platform. It builds on the established DealBuilder technology which is used by many of the world’s leading law firms and corporations. ContractExpress.com enables users to quickly and easily design and generate automated documents, without the hassle and cost of any IT support.

David Fitch, Director of Knowledge Management at Simmons & Simmons commented “We see document assembly as a necessary tool to maintain an innovative, competitive and sustainable practice. At the heart of ContractExpress.com is DealBuilder which has a proven pedigree as a document assembly application and is capable of meeting our exacting requirements. Cloud delivery makes the technology easier and more flexible to deploy to our fee earners and clients”.

Richard Newton of Business Integrity adds “Over the years BI with DealBuilder has established itself as the leading solution for large firms but we know the costs and complexity in setting up document templates have put document assembly out of the reach of most smaller firms. With ContractExpress .com we are trying to fix that. We have designed it so that anyone can get started, with no IT, no consulting or training support and using the same core technology that the magic circle firms use. It is free for a couple of months and £125 per month thereafter.

“We have worked with a range of firms from large to small to shape the solution. To have a firm as significant as Simmons sign up from day one is particularly pleasing as it should help allay firm’s concerns about the security of Cloud based solutions. There are more launch clients to come. Add in the disposal of Hotdocs by LexisNexis, another vendor withdrawing its prodiuct because of Microsoft’s patent troubles with custom XML and Epoch’s push to become a publisher rather than a software solution and these are interesting times in the document assembly space.”

5 replies on “LegalTech NY Reports: new cloud-based document assembly”

Not exactly the first. PLC have been offering their FastDraft services in the cloud for years…

It is not true that Epoq is becoming a publisher rather than a software solution. We launched our SaaS DirectLaw virtual law firm service for small law firms in January, 2009, and now have over 100 law firms as subscribers in the U.S. We are getting ready to launch our medium to large law firm service in the U.S. as well as a very cost effective price.

Its interesting that both PLC and Epoq are squeaking with outrage because they didn't get a mention – perhaps they should put more effort into marketing & PR & tell us what they are up to? …CC

the usual PR stretch by Business Integrity – there are a number of competitors offering cloud based document assembly systems – including at least one HotDocs system offered by Accudraft (now owned by Thomson Reuters) which has been around for a couple of years and lists some very large corporations as clients…and PLC and so on….

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