Conrad Rumney has substantial experience in commercial litigation, specialising in property matters. He has particular experience regarding contractual issues (in relation to which he has regularly acted for a number of prominent national house builders and regional property developers), and also regarding land ownership issues, rights of way, and restrictive covenants. Conrad also regularly practises in the fields of planning, local government and public law. He has particular experience in relation to minerals, waste handling, and gypsy sites. By the nature of his practice, he has substantial experience in relation to the preparation and cross-examination of expert evidence. Conrad is an external examiner for the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (part of Oxford Brookes University), and sits on the board of examiners. Outside of the law and his family, his interests are climbing and economics.

Recent Cases:

  • Trial in the Chancery Division, relating to payments claimed under a section 106 Agreement; responding to the consequent appeal in the Court of Appeal; responding to the consequent application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court
  • An appeal in the Court of Appeal concerning a significant point on the operation of s. 2 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989
  • Arbitral proceedings concerning a substantial claim under the terms of an agreement for the redevelopment of a city centre site as a block of flats and medical centre
  • In the Administrative Court, judicial review proceedings defending the lawfulness of the conditions in the licence of a prisoner who has been released from prison, following his conviction for terrorist offences

Reported Cases

  • Keay v Morris Homes (West Midlands) Ltd (C.A.) [2012] EWCA Civ 900; [2012] 1 W.L.R. 2855; [2012] 2 P. & C.R. 18; [2012] 2 E.G.L.R. 173; – Operation of s. 2 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989
  • Stratford on Avon D.C. v David Wilson Homes Ltd [2011] EWHC 3548 (Ch) – Issues between housing developer and local planning authority concerning payment of sums under s. 106 Agreement
  • Peverel Freeholds Ltd v David Wilson Homes (C.A.) (8 November 2012) – The interpretation of indemnities contained in land transfers
  • Salop Land & Gravel v Worcestershire County Council [2009] – Planning appeal concerning application for quarry extension in the Green Belt
  • Hughes v Riley (C.A.) [2005] EWCA Civ 1129; [2006] Env. L.R. 12; [2006] 1 P. & C.R. 29 – Restrictive covenant and noise nuisance
  • Mahon v Sims (QBD) [2005] 3 E.G.L.R. 67; [2005] 39 E.G. 138; Times, June 16, 2005 – (1) Operation of s. 78 of the Law of Property Act 1925 in relation to a restrictive covenant; (2) Implication of terms for withholding consent on reasonable grounds
  • Commission for New Towns v JJ Gallagher Ltd (Ch) [2002] EWHC 2668 (Ch); [2003] 2 P. & C.R. 3; [2003] 1 E.G. 67 (C.S.); (2003) 100(7) L.S.G. 35; [2002] N.P.C. 165; Times, December 27, 2002 – Issues as to potential ransom strip, concerning existence of public highway, private rights of way, boundaries, and operation of s. 62 of the Law of Property Act 1925
  • Mills v Blackwell (C.A.) (1999) 96(30) L.S.G. 30; [1999] N.P.C. 88; (1999) 78 P. & C.R. D43 – Issue as to whether express right of way included vehicular rights


M.A. (Oxon)
Dip. Law

Appointments and Memberships

Since 2007: External Examiner for the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, Oxford Brookes University for the QLTT Principles of Common Law

1990-1992: External Examiner for the Institute of Legal Executives, in Planning Law



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