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A tough nut, to control documents while multiple parties (inside and outside) draft and review

A study commissioned by Workshare in 2005 asked law departments about what issues they face when working with law firms on major transactions. According to a summary in Legal IT, June 16, 2005 (John Rogers), there was “a common theme: the difficulty of maintaining effective control during the drafting and reviewing of documents.”

The collaborative drafting of complicated documents (See my post of April 2, 2006 on forms of collaboration.) certainly sounds nightmarish, but law department lawyers do not bring it to my attention.