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Digitizing the world’s contracts

We believe that by digitizing the world’s contracts we can help businesses and individuals contract with each other more simply and efficiently. 

About Us

Headquartered in London and Cambridge, ThoughtRiver draws on the expertise of experienced industry lawyers, leading-edge computational linguists and a customer-focused commercial team.  We work in teams and stay focused by setting company and team level objectives which are visible to everyone.


A word from our founder, Tim Pullan

During my 20 year career as a lawyer and executive, I was struck by the level of dysfunction in commercial transactions. It was the same the world over.  The issue is not negotiation but the way deals are written down.  Everyone's terms are different, although they address the same issues.  We have invented a thousand ways of saying the same thing. 

When another company’s contract draft hits the inbox, lawyers must stumble through a fog of words to get to the key points.  They want an assistant to pre-read documents, but there’s never the budget.  Non-lawyers are put-off by unfamiliar technical language so have to wait for the legal team.  Everything slows down.

One afternoon a few years ago I was speaking with a General Counsel about her team’s huge workload.  I floated a traffic light system to speed her team up by automating pre-reading.  This would speed up the review task by summarising contracts in consistent language, even though they were all worded differently.  Then it would automatically evaluate risk.  Lawyers would be freed from dross. In some cases, non-lawyers would be able to make decisions without waiting for the lawyers. Her reaction was such that in this moment the ThoughtRiver journey began. 

Armed with a simple prototype, I gave up my job and searched for the expertise, collaborators and co-founders to make this a reality.  Today we have offices in Cambridge, London, Singapore, New York and Auckland and a team of incredibly talented, energetic and committed individuals working to make contracting easier and faster for the world.  Today our mission remains true to that first insight – in contracting, consistency means speed.

Executive team & advisors


Tim Pullan

Chief Executive Officer


Martin Davidson

Chief Legal Officer


Mike Jones

Chief Sales Officer


Richard Moss

Chief Technology Officer


Angus Chudleigh

Chief Commercial Officer


Nick Halstead


“I get to combine the knowledge gained through my legal education with my passion for technological solutions in a creative and unprecedented way. It's fantastic to be part of a trailblazing team, and that's what we do.”


Join us

ThoughtRiver™ is a rapidly growing company with an international team based in Cambridge, London, New York, Singapore and New Zealand.

We are currently looking for self-motivated and enthusiastic individuals with intellectual curiosity and common sense. Working successfully in a small and focused team requires a willingness to take on responsibility and see things through.

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  • We are looking for a high energy Business Development Executive to help us deliver on our mission to speed up business. If you’ve got relevant experience, drive and enthusiasm for law and tech, then we’re interested in hearing from you.

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  • We are constantly looking for talented and innovative PHP and Python Developers to join our team in Cambridge and London.

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  • We are seeking an experienced Support Engineer to join our expanding tech team in Cambridge.

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  • The practice of law is changing rapidly. Leading law firms, professional services firms, tech providers and alternative legal services solutions are busy harnessing new technology to offer new and innovative solutions to legal problems.

    ThoughtRiver uses AI to enable lawyers to identify and interpret key provisions in contracts for insight, triage and risk management.

    ThoughtRiver is currently looking for highly motivated and forward-looking candidates for our 2019 internship programme in Cambridge to help us in making contracting easier and faster for the world.

    It is an exciting opportunity to test your legal skills intellectually.

    You will:

    · Gain commercial awareness of how corporate lawyers operate.

    · Learn how to operate AI-based legal technology.

    · Be part of the future of innovation in the legal industry.


    · Currently final year undergraduate students, graduates or post-graduates (preferably LLB, LPC, GDL, BPTC students).

    · A can-do attitude, intellectual curiosity and interest in legaltech.

    · Permission to work in the UK.

    To Apply:

    · Email: Nichola.Vaisey@thoughtriver.com with the subject "CI Intern 2019".

    · Include your CV and a short cover letter (1 side of A4 max).

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