In the world of legal drafting, every word matters. But reinventing the wheel for each new document is a recipe for wasted hours, inconsistent language, and potentially serious errors.  A clause library offers a smarter solution, streamlining the process while ensuring accuracy and consistency.

What is a Clause Library

What is a Clause Library?

Think of a clause library as your law firm's own customizable toolkit for contract drafting. Instead of re-writing standard provisions from memory or hunting through old documents, you have a centralized collection of pre-written and pre-approved legal clauses at your fingertips. Let's break down what's in your toolkit:

Standard Clauses: These are the workhorses – essential provisions like indemnification, choice of law, and termination clauses that appear in a wide range of legal documents.

Alternative Clauses: When you need flexibility, these provide variations on standard clauses, allowing you to tailor language to address specific client circumstances or negotiate different terms. 

For example, a standard confidentiality clause might define confidential information, while an alternative might specify how long the confidentiality obligation lasts after the agreement ends.

Clause Metadata: This is where a clause library goes beyond a simple collection of text.  Notes on usage, links to relevant case law, or even drafting tips add valuable context and prevent misinterpretation.

Benefits of Using a Clause Library

Increased Efficiency

In the world of billable hours, time is quite literally money.  According to a Thomson Reuters study, a staggering 74% of law firms identified spending too much time on administrative tasks as a moderate or significant challenge.  A clause library streamlines your workflow, freeing up valuable time for what matters most: high-value legal work for your clients.

Eliminate Repetitive Work: Stop wasting time reinventing the wheel.  Instead of re-drafting standard provisions like governing law or severability clauses, access them with a few clicks.

Quickly Insert Pre-Approved Clauses: No more time-consuming copy-pasting from old documents. Easily search for the clause you need and insert it directly into your current draft, saving valuable minutes on each document.

Improved Consistency

Improved Consistency

Consistency is key in legal documents, ensuring clarity and minimizing the potential for disputes. A clause library helps you achieve this in several ways:

Maintain Firm-Wide Standards:  Whether you're a solo practitioner or part of a large firm, a clause library ensures everyone uses the same pre-approved language.  This promotes a unified voice and protects your firm's reputation.

Reduce Risk of Conflicting Clauses:  Manually managing clauses can lead to errors, such as outdated language slipping into new documents, or contradictions between different agreements. With a centralized library, you're always working from the most recent, vetted versions.

Case Law Highlight:

The Osborne Clark case Dooba Developments Ltd v MacLagan Investments Ltd underscores the risks of inconsistency. As they noted,  misunderstandings can arise from imprecise use of terms, ultimately leading to costly legal battles that could have been avoided through clear and consistent drafting.

Reduced Errors

Reduced Errors

Even the most meticulous lawyer can make a mistake when drafting under pressure.  A clause library provides a safety net with the following benefits:

Vetted Clauses:  Clauses within the library have been carefully reviewed and approved, minimizing the risk of omissions, unclear language, or unintended loopholes.

Consistent Language Aids Interpretation: When wording is consistent across documents, it reduces the chance of misinterpretation down the line. This is especially important for complex clauses or those likely to be subject to litigation.

Real-World Example:

As LAWPRO CEO Dan Pinnington highlights, even a small discrepancy between a draft and a final lease agreement regarding the calculation of an administration fee resulted in a substantial liability claim. This underscores how easily errors can occur and the value of using pre-vetted clauses.

Enhanced Knowledge Sharing

A clause library is more than just a collection of text – it's a repository of your firm's accumulated legal expertise. This benefits your team in several ways:

Capture Institutional Knowledge:  As clauses are refined based on case outcomes or negotiations, that insight is preserved in the library, preventing knowledge silos and ensuring everyone is working from the most informed position.

Mentorship Tool: Junior attorneys gain access to the carefully crafted language and nuanced clauses developed by their more experienced colleagues. This accelerates their learning curve and promotes firm-wide best practices.

How to Use the Clause Library

Search and Filter

Search and Filter

The Clause Library in Draft Flow makes finding the provisions you need effortless. Here's how:

Intuitive Search: Use keywords, clause titles, or relevant practice areas to instantly narrow down options.

Smart Filters:  Refine your results by clause type (standard, alternative, etc.). This is especially helpful as your library grows.


Adapt clauses on the fly to ensure they align perfectly with your clients' needs:

In-Document Editing:  Directly modify clauses within your draft documents, maintaining context and ensuring a seamless fit.

Version Saving:  Need a specific variation of a clause?  Save it for quick retrieval to avoid re-creating the same edits in the future.



Seamless Workflow: The Clause Library works natively within your Draft Flow documents, eliminating the need to switch between applications or import/export files.

Populate Clauses Instantly:  With a few clicks, insert either pre-approved or customized clauses, streamlining the drafting process and reducing the potential for copy-paste errors.

Beyond Contracts

While contracts are a primary use case, clause libraries bring efficiency and accuracy to the drafting of numerous legal document types. Here are a few key examples:

  • Wills and Estate Planning: Ensure consistent use of essential clauses regarding asset distribution (such as a residuary clause), executor appointments, and trust provisions (particularly for complex estates or those involving trusts).
  • Corporate Forms and Resolutions:  Standardize language in board resolutions, shareholder agreements, and other corporate documents.
  • Litigation Pleadings and Motions: Streamline the drafting of routine motions and pleadings by having pre-approved clauses for common arguments, citations of case law on jurisdictional matters, and procedural requirements based on your local jurisdiction.

In today's fast-paced legal landscape, a clause library is an indispensable tool for streamlining drafting while maintaining precision and consistency.  By harnessing the power of a clause library, you can:

  • Save Valuable Time: Eliminate repetitive drafting and quickly find the right language for your documents.
  • Enhance Accuracy: Utilize pre-vetted clauses to minimize errors and omissions.
  • Promote Firm-Wide Standards: Ensure everyone uses the same approved language, protecting your firm's reputation.
  • Share Knowledge: Capture institutional expertise and accelerate the development of junior attorneys.

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