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Clive Rumsey


Clive Rumsey

Clive Rumsey heads up our construction sector in Johannesburg. He focuses on construction and engineering law.

He represents parties to construction contracts in dispute resolution procedures including litigation, mediation, adjudication and arbitration, under ICC, Association of Arbitrators, Arbitration Foundation of South Africa and UNCITRAL Rules, and has acted in a number of high profile matters.

Clive advises employers, contractors, suppliers and professionals in the construction industry on various standard forms of contracts including NEC2, NEC3, FIDIC, JBCC.

Over the years he has acted for numerous professionals such as engineers, quantity surveyors, architects providing advice on project insurance policies, professional indemnity and related insurance.

Clive received Best Lawyers of South Africa awards for Construction in each year that the survey has been conducted (since 2008), and has been recommended in Who’s Who Legal, in Legal 500 and in Chambers Global for Construction.

Chambers says: "Practice head Clive Rumsey has an excellent reputation for his work on substantial arbitrations. One peer commented: 'He's an outstanding attorney and knows construction better than most.'"  

Representative Experience

Part of the team that prepared particular conditions for new build power stations (FIDIC).

Preparation of and advice in regard to a new build project for a mining house involving 200 packages (FIDIC).

Advice in regard to EPC and EPCM contracts in various industries.

Part of the team appointed to provide legal advice on a renewable energy project, relating to wind power.

Contractual advice on Koeberg Power Station.

Multiple adjudications/arbitrations involving NEC3 form of contract.

ICC arbitrations relating to disputes in Mozambique.

Conducting DAB and arbitrations involving FIDIC form of contract.

Education and admissions


  • BA LLB, University of the Witwatersrand
  • HDip Labour Law, Rand Afrikaans University
  • LLM (International and Comparative Law), Southern Methodist University of Dallas, Texas

Court admissions

  • South Africa


Recommended for Construction

Who’s Who Legal



Legal 500


Recommended for Construction

Chambers Global


South Africa awards for Construction 2008-2016

Best Lawyers

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