The opening clause of the ECC contract brings two very important issues to the fore, that 1) everyone named and involved with the contract has to do what it says, and 2) do this in a spirit of mutual trust and cooperation. It very importantly says “and” between the two elements, rather than doing one or the other. Very simply this means that both parties should follow everything that the contract requires you to do, and do this in a trustful collaborative manner. If the parties seemingly get on well together then this should NOT be at the expense of following what the contract says. Indeed, following the contract should heighten the understanding and awareness between the parties which should naturally aid the “mutual trust and cooperation” process.