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Gary Kitt joined J.S. Held in August of 2022 following J.S. Held's acquisition of the Arcadis Contract Solutions Practice in Europe. Gary is a highly experienced Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Builder, and Chartered Arbitrator with almost 40 years of experience in building and engineering projects worldwide. Over the last 25 years, Gary has regularly been instructed as an expert witness on quantum issues (valuation of disputed variations, prolongation, disruption, loss of profits) on major disputes across all sectors of industry including infrastructure, building projects (aviation, healthcare, residential), oil and gas, process engineering and shipbuilding.

Gary has a deep understanding of contractor claims (both preparation and defense) having held senior commercial roles for large civil engineering and building contractors for the first 15 years of his career. This, combined with his legal training and a further 25 years providing consultancy services in connection with contentious and non-contentious matters, enables Gary to provide a reasoned and sound opinion based on personal experience.

Prior to joining J.S. Held, Gary spent 11 years as a Partner at Arcadis LLP leading its Contract Solutions team in the UK which provided expert evidence on quantum, delay, and technical issues.

Gary is a Senior Managing Director within the Construction Advisory practice of J.S. Held based in London. An experienced lead expert, Gary can quickly assess key issues and form multi-disciplinary teams from J.S. Held’s global talent pool to deliver optimal client outcomes.

Key Expertise

  • Practical Quantity Surveying
  • Expert Report Writing & Testifying Expert Witness
  • Valuation of Prolongation & Disruption Claims
  • Cost Auditing
  • Complex Claim Preparation, Evaluation & Defence
  • Multi-disciplinary Team Leadership

Professional Affiliations/Memberships/Licenses/Training

  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Builders
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the RICS President’s Panel of Adjudicators
  • Member of the Academy of Experts
  • RICS-accredited expert witness
  • CIArb Accredited Mediator
  • Who's Who Legal Construction Expert Witness, 2023
  • Who's Who Legal Consulting Expert, Construction - Quantum, Delay & Technical, 2023
  • Who's Who Legal Thought Leader, Construction, 2023
  • Who's Who Legal Arbitration Expert Witness, 2023