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Contract Express Overview

In today’s rapidly evolving legal sector, law firms are under increasing pressure to offer innovative and cost-efficient services. Contract Express document automation software, the next generation of Contract Express DealBuilder, is an enterprise class, web-based document automation (also known as document assembly) solution designed for fast and accurate document drafting and client collaboration. Capable of scaling from simple letters and precedents to the most complex legal contracts, it is proven to meet the exacting needs of premium global law firms and their clients.

Client connectivity and online client services are central to Contract Express. From document automation extranets that make the premise of fixed fee arrangements profitable to marketing showcases that establish client relationships from the earliest stages; Contract Express enables law firms to better engage their clients.

The Contract Express difference

It is essential that lawyers are able to create and update automated templates without the help of the IT department or other external resources.

The Contract Express authoring tool delivers fast and easy template automation for even the most sophisticated documents right inside Microsoft Word, without the complexity inherent in traditional document assembly tools. The template authoring process involves surrounding optional text with brackets and can be likened to marking up a document with a red pen. Finished templates can go live to end users with just one click.

Since ContractExpress 5 we have combined our leadership in simplicity of template authoring with a new, mobile-first user interface and new client connectivity features. With the most competitive pricing on the market, it is a world class solution for law firms wishing to embrace modern digital, document drafting.

Andy Wishart

Global Head - Contract Express, Thomson Reuters

Let Contract Express do the heavy lifting

Contract Express has a world-class, patented relevancy engine that determines which questions need to be asked to create a complete and trusted document. The questionnaires used to generate documents are created automatically from your marked-up templates, eliminating the need to create complex scripted dialogs and forms as with other document assembly solutions.

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Mobile-first Design

The new, beautiful user interface in Contract Express was designed to work 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.

Built for speed and accuracy

Our Javascript engine ensures questionnaires are fast, responsive, and compatible with multiple devices and platforms.

Integration with other systems

Contract Express document automation software provides first class integration with SQL Server data sources and SharePoint Web Services, to provide connectivity with your organization’s line of business systems such as client, matter, billing and accounting systems.

Custom client site in ContractExpress

Client Sites

Collaborate with clients in their own private sites. Share templates and review documents created by the client in a customized, branded environment. You are able to control exactly what the client has access to, and at what level of permission, all from within the user-friendly user interface of Contract Express.

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More features of Contract Express Document Automation Software

Email alerts

Keep on top of important deadlines related to your contracts by subscribing to email alerts in Contract Express. Administrators can set up alerts for key metrics, dates, and deadlines based on the variables in your templates.


Comments and attachments

Put your contracts into context and reduce email overload. Within Contract Express, you can attach supporting files to your contracts, manage versions of the files, and add comments to your contract records to refer back to at any time.

Detailed reporting

Generated detailed reports on the metrics that matter to you most using various parameters, custom fields and display formats. Download the reports as PDFs to share with colleagues, and export the raw data to Microsoft Excel for further analysis.


Document sets

Contract Express supports the creation of sets of documents from a single interview, or the creation of a single document from multiple templates. The relevancy engine combines business rules and information across sets of templates to ensure that users are presented with a consistent questionnaire.


Intelligent Questionnaire

Contract Express automatically produces web-based questionnaire forms for each template. Simple and easy to navigate web screens show progress information, alerts and on-page guidance. Dependencies between questions on the same page of the questionnaire are automatically created and derived from the underlying template.


Preview mode

In Preview Mode, users can see updates to the document as they are made in real-time. The ability to associate changes in the questionnaire with their effects in the document makes drafting a more fluid and efficient process.

Flexible deployment options

Whether you are delivering a document assembly solution to internal users or connecting with your external clients, Contract Express can be deployed either on your servers or in the cloud.

External dictionary

Effortlessly update multiple templates from one central location. The external dictionary simplifies mass updates of templates with shared definitions.


Customizable branding

Customize Contract Express according to your own branding, and create unlimited client sites, each with the relevant branding and color schemes.

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