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Contract Express: Legal document and contract automation

A productivity solution that automates and simplifies the drafting of legal documents. Discover how better drafts lead to faster results.

What is Contract Express?

Contract Express for law firms

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Contract Express is much more than just legal document automation software. It uses intuitive questionnaire technology for fast and accurate document drafting and enables firms to offer innovative client facing services. Contract Express understands the way lawyers work. That's why it’s a solution of choice for leading law firms worldwide.

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How does it work?

Contract Express - Recent Documents

Recent documents This is where you can see all the documents that are being worked on listed in whatever order you would find most useful

Contract Express quickly automates contracts you frequently use, increasing productivity by reducing steps in the drafting process. Users generate these draft documents by filling out web-based forms called questionnaires. The forms are created automatically from your organisation’s own templates or from services such as Practical Law.

Practical Law

If you have a Practical Law subscription, you can get access to nearly 300 ready to use automated templates

Contract Express - Practical Law Templates

Document questionnaire form

Get to your first draft quicker with easy to use dynamic questionnaires

Contract Express - Document Questionnaire

Document overview

Each document you are working on has a summary page that you can tailor to your needs. It includes a document version history and other useful information

Contract Express - Document Overview


Your analytics dashboard shows statistics on document automation productivity, template popularity and overdue documents. You can also create reports showing documents awaiting approvals, awaiting signature and more.

Contract Express - Analytics


The preview mode in your questionnaire shows you how the document changes in real time, in line with your answers.

Contract Express - Overview

Amount of time saved with Contract Express versus manually drafting a contract, according to our latest user survey.


Free yourself to work on higher value tasks

Hit your expectations every time

Contract Express integrates with Practical Law so you're equipped with industry standard documents from the starting line. You can proceed with full confidence that you're working with the most up-to-date and accurate version of a document type.

Reduce delays with legal-smart software

The software features a patented template automation tool for MS Word that, unlike all other document automation products, understands lawyers’ square bracket legal markup notation. This means lawyers can automate and update the most complex legal documents without needing an IT specialist or programmer.

Attract new clients and impress current business

The precision and speed acquired through this innovative technology will differentiate your legal service from the competition. Clients will benefit from easy collaboration with associates through a secure client portal, and your firm’s advanced efficacy and improved compliance will be a selling point for new work.

Capabilities and features

Provides a better user experience

  • Offers a customisable dashboard for a law firm or client
  • Employs mobile first design
  • Has a preview mode to observe changes as they're being made through the questionnaire

Supports a range of lawyers' needs

  • Recognises lawyers’ square bracket legal markup notation with Contract Express Author
  • Assists associates and paralegals with Contract Express Drafter
  • Facilitates easier contract negotiation with Contract Express Negotiator
  • Integrates with Practical Law

Scales to your size or usage requirements

  • Manages high volumes of complex contracts
  • Generates repetitive secondary deal documents
  • Enables clients to complete a questionnaire to send to an associate for review

Technology that meets your requirements

  • Works perfectly on mobile devices, whether it’s a smart phone or a tablet, the features will adapt to the screen size available for drafting and review on the go.
  • Provides first class integration with your organisation’s business systems such as client, matter, billing and accounting systems.

Let’s discuss your specific needs and see if this product is right for you.