An ex-Linklaters lawyer who got sick of proofreading has invented a computer program to do it automatically.
Travis Leon, who was an associate in Linklaters' Derivatives and Structured Products group until he quit in 2009, launched 'XRef' late last year.
The IT gizmo, which is currently being trialled at four City firms, checks whether defined terms are capitalised and spelt correctly in documents. It also spots where puny fallible humans have included definitions which aren't used and capitalised terms which aren't defined. XRef may not be first date chat material, but Leon says that when it was tested on a dozen leading firms' precedents, not one was found to be error-free.
|How it might look: XRef takes over from a trainee
Leon told RollOnFriday he was inspired after "a number of painful hours" in the office, when he decided it was "absurd" that individuals (ie him) were having to manually comb through doorstop-sized offerings until the early hours.
But ridding the legal world of his nemesis won't tempt Leon back: "if this works out, I have absolutely no intention of returning to lawyering".