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Fiduciary content in joint ventures and partnering contracts in the construction industry.

Begg, Paul D.


Paul D. Begg


Partnering is a co-operative arrangement in the construction industry which is commonly based on general expressions of trust, co-operation and good faith. However it seems that partnering parties can have negligible expectations that such general expressions will have any fiduciary content requiring them to moderate selfinterest or act in the interests of other parties. Where parties intend that either a general fiduciary relationship or specific fiduciary obligations should be created, it has been suggested that they should consider joint venture agreements and very careful drafting of contract obligations in order to achieve these intentions. This paper firstly examines the potential for fiduciary relationships to arise in joint ventures generally and from the drafting of the ACA Standard Form of Contract for Project Partnering (PPC2000) in particular. It then examines the possibility of distinct fiduciary obligations arising as a result of individual provisions of the PPC2000 contract form. It is concluded that joint ventures are not readily construed as fiduciary relationships and that whilst the PPC2000 partnering form is also unlikely to imply such a relationship, some individual provisions in it may have fiduciary content.


BEGG, P.D. 2003. Fiduciary content in joint ventures and partnering contracts in the construction industry. Scottish law and practice quarterly, 8(4), pages 272-288.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 31, 2003
Online Publication Date Oct 31, 2003
Publication Date Dec 31, 2003
Deposit Date Jun 24, 2008
Publicly Available Date Jun 24, 2008
Journal Scottish law and practice quarterly
Print ISSN 1360-7782
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing (T and T Clark)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 4
Pages 272-288
Keywords Joint ventures; Partnering agreements; Partnering contracts; Fiduciary content; Construction industry
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