'Splendid, but what does it actually mean?' Good faith and relational contracts in the UK construction industry.
Christie, David S.
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CHRISTIE, D. . 'Splendid, but what does it actually mean?' Good faith and relational contracts in the UK construction industry. Journal of commonwealth law [online], (accepted).
The most important modern report on the culture of the UK construction industry had, as its aim, the creation of an atmosphere in the industry where, in the words of Lewis Carroll's Dodo: 'Everybody has won and all must have prizes' That required 'better performance'; 'teamwork' and a 'healthier atmosphere' for working. While the idea of 'good faith' is not mentioned, the attitude contained in those sorts of outcomes would seem to underpin it. Linked to that is the focus on relationships between the parties involved. In a recent lecture on the topic of good faith in construction by Lord Justice Jackson, he remarked: 'no self-respecting academic in this area [i.e. good faith and contracts generally] can resist the temptation' to write about relational contracts. That trend will continue here since clearly the ideals set out above have the parties' relationship at their heart The most recent case law has not, however, been as relationship focussed.