In June 2014, we had a Clarity breakfast on the NEC set of building contracts, then in its 3rd edition, first drafted in 1991 in non-legal language. In the discussion, Justin Mort QC asked why, since most parties to these contracts are companies, the contracts still referred to a party as “he”.
The 4th issue, published this month, is gender neutral. The plain language is still there. For example, “assignment” is called “transfer of benefit”.
NEC4: June 2017 Edition complete family of contracts to be published on 22 June 2017