CHRIS ROOS & ASSOCIATES specialises exclusively in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and in providing non-litigation and commercial professional services to the engineering, construction and built industries in South Africa.

Our portfolio of services are structured around our key strengths being Engineering and Construction Contract Law, Adjudications and Arbitrations.

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CHRIS ROOS & ASSOCIATES is a multidisciplinary boutique advisory specialising exclusively in engineering and construction contract law, based in Mowbray Cape Town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, and lies on the slopes of Devil's Peak. It is from this picturesque setting from where we are serving the region and our clients across the continent of Africa. 


Graham Power, Chairman: Power Group, 

Founder of Unashamedly Ethical

"Over the past number of years, Advocate Chris Roos has assisted the Power Group with various claims and legal matters. Every one of our encounters has been constructive and fruitful. Chris seeks solutions rather than litigation. He is highly professional, 'sharp', knowledgeable of the various 'conditions of contract', practical and extremely cost conscious. I am comfortable to recommend Chris Roos & Associates for any legal guidance on contractual affairs."


Since our inception we have expanded our brand beyond the Engineering, and Construction industry and have since established ourselves as one of the leading commercial advisories for the Energy, Fisheries, Food & Beverage, Mining, Oil & Gas and Transport industries in South Africa.

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our services

Our valued clients rely on our qualifications, experience and expertise to advise, inform, assist and represent them in matters of contract and dispute resolution, it is therefor our objective to provide the engineering and construction industry with a breath of knowledge which can only be provided by a specialist consultant. Our solutions are often unconventional, focused on quality, simplicity, turn-around time and cost effectiveness. Our service portfolio is uniquely structured around our clients' needs.


Commercial consulting


   * Commercial 

   * Private and Consumer

Telephonic support

Opinions as to contractual interpretations

Legal opinions on claims, entitlements and disputes

Bid, tender and contract commercial review

Contract drafting and review

Drafting of party correspondence

Drawing and specification review

Claims development and management

Advisory on legislation


Mediation and Adjudication appointments

Independent Arbitrator

Mediation position statements

Adjudications - bespoke or standardised contracts


Domestic or International Arbitrations administered under UNCITRAL or ICC rules

Arbitration initiation, management and representation

Arbitration correspondence

Drafting of Arbitration Statements (claim or defense)

Defense rebuttals


Replies and rejoinders

Preparation of witness statements

Coordination with experts

SCOTT Schedules

Trial and hearing representation


Instruct attorneys to represent our clients

Provide expert advice on key aspects of construction law

Expert testimony

Legal opinions

Advise on engineering and construction practices

Advise on local legislation and referenced caselaw

Review and comment on pleadings


Prepare and review of contracts

Development agreements

Advise on contract types e.g. JBCC, GCC, FIDIC, NEC

Drafting of bespoke contracts

Letters of intent

Commercial support

Collateral warranties, bonds and guarantees

Contract risk assessments

Consultant agreements

Preparation of Interim and Final Accounts


Interim Payment Applications and Final Accounts

Payment delays and recovery of overdue amounts

Delay and EOT claims


Defending of claims

Force majeure claims

Suspension and Termination claims

Differing site conditions claims

Change and variation claims

Acceleration claims

Delay and cost analysis and quantification


Disputes related to quality of workmanship

Building standards and regulations

Consumer Protection Act

National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC)

Drawing and specification compliance review

Post construction review

Construction defects and root cause analysis

Remediation and repair recommendations

Forensic defect assessments e.g. water, mold, material

Site inspections

Latent and patent defects

Defects under warranty


The Commercial Assist Program provides commercial support to emerging, small, medium and large enterprises. By subscribing to the program owners, contractors, and consultants are instantly connected, allowing for all contractual-related and commercial queries to be addressed. Subscribers are provided with contractual interpretations, straightforward explanations on legislation and practices and general advice on how to deal with construction and site related problems from a contractual perspective. Some of our clients also subscribe to the Commercial Assist Program for the purpose of adjudication and arbitration proceedings. 


Enabling and equipping the diverse community of the built-industry role-players like engineers, contractors, project managers, architects, quantity surveyors, and procurement officials is one of our key objectives.

Advocate Chris Roos regularly conduct in-house training or tailored-made courses for larger corporate groups, and offer similar training at some 40 public seminars every year, staged in centers nationally and abroad.

Our CPD points accredited seminars cover critical, industry-related topics, including the four CIDB-approved contracts (JBCC, GCC, NEC & FIDIC), CIDB Prescripts, Construction Regulations, Claims and Disputes and various other topics.compliance review

Post construction review

Construction defects and root cause analysis

Remediation and repair recommendations

Forensic defect assessments e.g. water, mold, material

Site inspections

Latent and patent defects

Defects under warranty

our CEO 

If you want different you are at the right company. It only takes one meeting with the man at the helm of CHRIS ROOS & ASSOCIATES to realise that this CEO is not your average executive. In describing the founder of CHRIS ROOS & ASSOCIATES, words like unconventional and modern thinker comes to mind. It is perhaps these characteristics which makes him such a popular speaker and his services always in demand. Advocate Chris Roos brings with him 30 years of large capital project and programme experience and an in-depth understanding of commercial law and engineering and construction practices. He frequently acts as mediator, adjudicator and independent arbitrator and represent parties on a daily basis in adjudication and arbitration proceedings.

Advocate Chris Roos holds an LL.B from UNISA, an MDP from the University of Manchester, a National Diploma in Advanced Project Management (Cum Laude) and a Certificate in Advanced Contract & Construction Law from the University of Pretoria. He is an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and Member of the National Bar Council of South Africa.

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