Construction & engineering

We have a long-standing reputation as a leader in providing legal advice to the construction and engineering industry in South Africa. 

With in-depth industry knowledge and specialist legal expertise, we deliver value to our clients’ projects with advice on all aspects of construction and engineering law and experience in both front-end and back-end work. Advising on many different types of projects of varying sizes and complexity, we have a built up a wealth of collective experience in our team.


We believe that the success of a project is dependent on number of common factors – costs, appropriate risk allocation, teamwork, time to completion, quality and safety.


We have vast experience in construction disputes and have acted on behalf of employers, contractors, engineers and insurers in various forums, including litigation, arbitration (local and international), adjudication, mediation or negotiation. We work closely with our clients and seek to ensure a prompt and favourable resolution of their disputes. 


The risk of a dispute can be reduced significantly through careful and appropriate drafting. By looking out for your interests at all times, our overriding aim is to avoid problems before they occur. We have drafted a wide range of engineering, construction and procurement agreements. These include format based (such as FIDIC , NEC3, JBCC and GCC), bespoke and hybrid agreements, depending on the dictates of the project and the agreed risk allocation.


Chambers Global


“Powerhouse practice known for its diverse construction capabilities. Frequently retained by internationally recognised clients in the mining, energy, projects and infrastructure sectors. Renowned for its ability to handle contentious and non-contentious mandates, including regulatory and contractual concerns, in addition to arbitration and litigation.”


Legal 500


"The firm is recognised for its capabilities in both front-end and back-end work, thanks in no small part to the presence of market leader Clive Rumsey. The employer-oriented team has seen particular growth in front-end work, particularly in the mining industry, and a rise in sub-Saharan Africa engagements."

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