Contract Express Automation Services

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What we do is a consulting services business that helps organisations successfully implement and scale use of the Contract Express automation solution. Our team consists of lawyers and expert automators, providing end to end capabilities. 

Building your own automation team can be time consuming and expensive with headcount hard to justify and experienced specialists in short supply.

We solve that problem with a proven, flexible and cost effective alternative to hiring your own staff.   We can help you de-risk and speed up projects driving a better return on investment.

We are owned and managed by members of the original Contract Express team. With a combined 50+ years experience since 2001 we have worked on many of the world's largest deployments of Contract Express at major law firms and corporates.   


How we do it

We can help at every stage of your Contract Express project as outsourced providers of specialist expertise. We expand and raise your team's skill set as and when you need us. helps lower project risk through Managed or Fixed Fee services, giving you project cost certainty.

We are quick, agile and use world class technology to guarantee the highest standards of information security and confidentiality.

We are partnered with Thomson Reuters so we stay at the forefront of product developments and evolving best practice.

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The Team

Richard Newton our Managing Director was a founder of Contract Express and headed its European business. After the acquisition by Thomson Reuters in 2015  he served as VP EMEA Contract Express  before starting in 2018. He has worked with most of the UK's largest law firms and has a reputation for dependability and ensuring the highest customer service.

Skills & Experience

Julie Saliba our Client Services Director has nearly 20 years experience of implementing Contract Express, delivering automation projects for leading law firms in the UK, Europe and the US. She has deep solution expertise having created the original Contract Express Knowledge Base, led all customer training and project delivery. Julie joined from Linklaters LLP where she gained extensive knowledge of automating complex Banking and Finance documents.

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Skill & Experience

Emma Bond is a Mathematics graduate with many years experience in law firm Knowledge Management at City law firms. She joined from Linklaters LLP. Emma has deployed Contract Express across a variety of document types, with a focus on Corporate/M&A, Real Estate and Employment transactions.

Skill & Experience

Gail Swaffield studied Computer Science and earned a PhD in knowledge elicitation for expert systems.  She has over 20 years’ experience in legal technology and knowledge management. 
She joins from Clifford Chance where she was Director of Knowledge Management Systems and instrumental in setting up the firm’s document automation team and associated working practices. Gail worked with lawyers across the firm to automate documents in multiple jurisdictions and practice areas.

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Skill & Experience

Eric Campbell worked for over 26 years as a corporate professional support lawyer at Clifford Chance, Lovells, Mayer Brown and KPMG before joining 

A significant aspect of each of his roles was the drafting of standard forms.  At KPMG, Eric worked in the client-facing corporate legal services team and led a project to automate the team’s standard forms using Contract Express. 


Contact Us

Please get in touch if you want to find out more about how we can make your Contract Express implementation more successful.

+44 771 5371967


Skill & Experience

Hannah Price-Harries is an experienced solicitor across a broad range of legal practice including real estate, company/commercial, finance and litigation.

She has practised both in house at St John Ambulance and at  law firms. She was previously Managing Associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, based in London.


At Orrick she had extensive experience of real estate finance, asset management and lease reporting and also developed the Real Estate team’s precedents.


Skill & Experience

Will Sumners joined Echo from Thomson Reuters where he was Director of Software Solutions Services. He has extensive experience of Contract Express automation, implementation & management.

Will has lead automation projects internationally working across a range of law firms and corporations, interacting with all levels of those organisations. He has a long track record of project success.


Will leads Echo’s client delivery, relationship management and service innovation.

Legal Information

Echo Legal Automation Limited is registered in England and Wales, company number 11715160.
Registered Office, Fullbrook House, The Street, South Stoke, Reading, RG8 0JS


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