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Associate Insight: The Death of Proofreading?

Top city lawyers produce a programme that proofreads documents to reduce risk and enhance efficiency. By Travis Leon, Executive Director at XRef.

12 February 2015

The age-old burden weighing down lawyers has come one step closer to being lifted. Proofreading of legal drafting has been a job that has been carried out for centuries. Most hate it, some have learned to live with it, and just one or two seem to like it, but everyone acknowledges it is necessary. Some partners even maintain that it is an essential 'rite of passage' training tool which helps to develop that keen eye for detail - the quintessential string to any lawyer's bow.

Whatever your view, it is universally acknowledged that proofreading is a very time-consuming task which carries with it a substantial risk of errors creeping into legal documents. After all, lawyers are still (mostly) human. But, times are changing and, in particular, two major developments in the legal market have highlighted the potential issues with manual proofreading and brought them to the forefront of many lawyers' minds.

Firstly, gone are the days that a lawyer...

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