The Strict Character of Fiduciary Liability

New Zealand Law Review, p. 209, 2006

34 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2006


A number of commentators have challenged the strict character of fiduciary liability. They prefer a contextual assessment of the circumstances of the parties. Their arguments, however, lack substance. They fail to demonstrate any social erosion of the policy foundation for the strict ethic. They also fail to account for the capacity of the parties to contract out of fiduciary liability. Their analyses ultimately have the unintended consequence of confirming the prudence of the conventional position.

Keywords: duty of loyalty, fiduciary, strict liability, opportunism, consent, limited access

Suggested Citation

Flannigan, Robert, The Strict Character of Fiduciary Liability. New Zealand Law Review, p. 209, 2006. Available at SSRN:

Robert Flannigan (Contact Author)

University of Saskatchewan ( email )

15 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A6
306-966-5876 (Phone)
306-966-5900 (Fax)

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