Late last year, lawyers at Gowling WLG were approached by a client with a seemingly herculean task: break down a large data set of contracts and find out exactly what was in each one.

“They had a contract management system they acquired, and they wanted to put all this contract information into the system,” recalls Rick Kathuria, the firm’s national director of project management and legal logistics. “They looked at doing it themselves, but realised they just didn’t have the time.”