An interesting initiative to launch the Conflict Avoidance Pledge to the industry, led by leading professional bodies RICS, ICE, CIoA others including some major infrastructure clients. Avoiding conflict has to be in everyone's interest, as recovering position when it has all broken down is so costly all round as well as time-consuming.

This initiative aligns really well with the backbone of NEC contracts and the spirit of trust and collaboration that underpins many successful long term partnerships and frameworks. 

If we communicate better, be clearer in how project requirements are defined, more open in the way risks are assessed, and pro-active in managing contracts, every party should benefit with greater certainty of outcome.