Change: Fast or Slow?

It’s clear what’s required to improve the contract-creation side of a company’s contract process:

  • adopt a style guide for contract language, most likely by means of a “statement of style” (here)
  • train your personnel in drafting and reviewing contracts consistent with the style guide
  • overhaul your templates consistent with the style guide
  • automate your templates, to the extent that deal volume, deal value, and the level of customization required would make it cost-effective to automate

That’s easily said, but it involves challenges. I wrote about them in this post, but since then I’ve thought further about what it takes to accomplish change.

Above is part of a post on Contract-Automation Clearinghouse. To see the rest, go here.

Contract-Automation Clearinghouse is where I now put my posts on contract automation and related topics.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.

1 thought on “Change: Fast or Slow?”

  1. Slow sounds to me like a good choice for many in-house legal departments. Of course, if you can get a major player, with market power, to make the change on a widespread basis (and it would probably need to be supported by senior management and not just the legal department) then this could start some real momentum.


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