Collaborate provides no information about the legal relationship between the parties. Associate is not much better because that could imply any number of different legal relationships. On the other hand, a joint venture is when two parties form a partnership for a specific purpose, often a specific project. Party A and Party B form a new entity, AB, to provide services to the client. They are jointly and severally liable to the client. A subconsultant is engaged by a “prime consultant.” The prime has a contract with the client. The subconsultant is responsible to the prime for the services it provides and the prime is solely responsible to the client. “Marketing words” don’t always translate well into legal contexts.
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