Work efficiently and deliver professional, branded output from Microsoft Office
We save companies significant time by helping them to quickly and reliably produce high quality, professional and consistently branded documents and presentations using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
We are a boutique professional services firm working as Microsoft Office consultants and software developers.
Key client groups are law firms and bids, proposals and new business teams.
Easy to use solutions, minimal training
Most clients are able to start using our templates without training or with a maximum of an hour’s demonstration
Easy to install and maintain
No additional IT costs because they are developed within Word (using VBA and Visual Studio). All company information (address details etc) is held in a single, separate data file allowing the client to make text changes (address, partner lists) with minimal testing.
Consistent corporate brand
Everyone can create documents that have a consistent and professional look and feel.
Easy to collaborate on documents
Users can easily work on a shared document and retain consistent formatting.
Value for money
In addition to time saving tools, we work hard to give clients as much control as we can. That way they can make minor changes themselves if they want to and only enlist our help on more complex issues.
Staff create documents in the corporate style swiftly and simply without having in-depth knowledge of Word.
Reliable and robust
One client installed a suite of our Word templates in 2003 and did not require our help until 2007 when they re-branded. During this time they moved offices twice and opened a number of new European offices the details of which appeared on their letterheads.
The easiest way to get to grips with our templates is to see them working live. We are very happy to come and show you some of our work and discuss any frustrations you may have. Alternatively we demonstrate live over the internet using WebEx. We also have a short video of letter and report templates in use .
We also have an older video of a how a letter template would be used. It is for Office 2003 but the principles still hold good.
6 October 2017
At the Business Leadership Summit 2017 run by the Lawyer we hosted a roundtable discussion looking at, amongst other things, whether Microsoft Word would still be the document programme in 2025.
No one saw an obvious alternative to Microsoft Word and anticipated it would still be used to write and edit documents. The attendees were very very conscious of how content is generated. One person noted how their time is wasted rewriting standard clauses. The integrity of the document and how it was distributed, stored and comments captured was a concern of the group. The role of AI to review, check and identify content was something that everyone was very aware of and their firms were involved in to varying degrees.
Microsoft Word was seen to be a static product and was not a management focus.
However that reveals a mismatch with the view of lawyers working day to day with Word. In the research ‘Are client relationships compromised by inadequate investment in Word?’ that Brochet commissioned from The Lawyer Research Service, 99% of fee earners agreed Word was critical for them but 40% believe their firm has not invested or developed tools in Word.
Plenty of frustrations were aired and they were also reflected in the research – particularly working with numbering, collaboration and applying house style.
At Brochet we have developed a tool for fee earners (and DPU), Brochet Paste, that will clean and repair legal numbered text in one click.
21 September 2017
Next Tuesday 26th September we will be at the Business Leadership Summit at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London.
We are going to be releasing the research ‘Microsoft Word in law firms – Are client relationships compromised by inadequate investment in Word?’ We worked with The Lawyer Research Service to ensure the research was independent and rigorously carried out.
Everyone saw Word as a critical tool and yet that wasn’t matched by a commitment to invest in Word or get the most out of it.
If you’re going to the Summit we’ll have copies available and will be discussing it at our round table.
Otherwise if you’d like to get in touch we can email you a copy.
19 June 2017
Brochet was incorporated on the 19th June 1996 – that’s 21 years to the day. Read More
14 February 2017
Converting numbered legal documents, such as an agreement, into house style is probably a frequent task for most law firms. However Murphy’s law suggests that when you are at your busiest you will find yourself dealing with the most problematic document.
With a single click Brochet Paste can convert, restyle and repair a 30 page document in less than two minutes.
If you want to check it out for yourself send a copy of your file to Nikki (email: email@example.com) and she’ll be happy to show you. You can watch via Webex.
Alternatively bring your file on a memory stick to our stand, A14, at British Legal Technology Forum on Tuesday March 14th and put Brochet Paste through its paces. For those of you who bring a file we’ll put you in to a lunchtime draw to win a bottle of Vincent Brochet champagne.
19 January 2017
If you use Adobe InDesign the normal comment on Microsoft Word is: IT’S RUBBISH. For our money that is normally the response of someone who hasn’t stopped to consider the differences.