CECA NEC4 Bulletin 14: Spirit of mutual trust and cooperation

One of the more infamous clauses within the NEC contracts is the obligation to “act in a spirit of mutual trust and cooperation”. It was introduced into the NEC2 version of the contracts back in 1995 following recommendations from the Latham report. It was brought in to try to encourage a culture and an obligation to act in this way, but what does it really mean?