Clive Rumsey

Clive Rumsey


Email clive.rumsey@​

Phone +27 11 286 6907

Fax +27 86 673 6007


Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Clive Rumsey is recognised as an 'incredibly knowledgeable' practitioner, with clients praising his 'very calm, collected, methodical and thorough' approach. He is noted for his extensive experience in the construction sector, in addition to his skillful handling of disputes, where he has significant experience in both arbitrations and high-profile litigation.

Chambers Global

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 has been recognised from 2008-2019 in The Best Lawyers of South Africa for Construction, and has been recommended in Who's Who Legal, in Legal 500 and in Chambers Global for Construction and Dispute Resolution.

Awards and recognitions


Recommended for Construction
Chambers Global


Recommended for Dispute Resolution
Chambers Global


The Best Lawyers of South Africa for Construction


Leading Individual
Legal 500 Construction


Recommended in
Who’s Who Legal: Construction

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

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.

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