An activity joined into by two or more people, with common interests, purpose and level of control.
- Joint enterprise in the context of business law is an informal relationship between two or more parties in which each party contributes skills, knowledge, resources or money to a achieve a common purpose and is typically limited to a single event or transaction. Joint enterprise should not be confused with joint venture;
- Joint enterprise in the context of criminal law and torts refers to a criminal conspiracy or an instance of group negligence. In a joint enterprise each party may be held liable for the wrongdoings of the other participants and the doctrine of joint enterprise is essential to establish a shared liability of parties.
[Last updated in June of 2020 by the Wex Definitions Team]