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August 16, 2022
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This addition furthers our ability to support clients in matters involving construction claims and disputes throughout Europe.


JERICHO, N.Y. – August 16, 2022 – Global consulting firm J.S. Held has announced the acquisition of Arcadis’ UK Contract Solutions Practice, and welcomes Gary Kitt, Roger Nutland, Alan Whaley, Lee Cookson, and Gary Blackburn of Arcadis as Senior Managing Directors. The move comes in partnership with Arcadis, a leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm. The London-based Contract Solutions group, developed and led by Mr. Kitt and the management team since 2010, adds 22 talented construction dispute consultants to J.S. Held’s global Construction Advisory Practice.

With years of experience and expertise in the construction and engineering industries, the team includes a mix of delay and quantum experts and advisors that work on arbitrations, litigation, adjudication, and expert determination proceedings in major construction disputes, as well as providing claim preparation and dispute avoidance advice on live projects.

“Gary and his team will be instrumental in the continued development of our global Construction Advisory Practice and our commitment to our core value of providing the highest quality of service and expertise,” said Mark Cohen, Global Leader of J.S. Held’s Construction Advisory Practice. “This addition furthers our ability to support clients in matters involving construction claims and disputes throughout Europe.”

The team of Arcadis professionals joining J.S. Held provide expert witness, dispute avoidance, and dispute resolution services for a diverse group of international construction industry clients. The group also provides mediators, conciliators, arbitrators, adjudicators, expert determiners, dispute board members, and conflict avoidance panel members to help avoid construction disputes before they arise. Their clients span all construction and engineering sectors including energy, legal, manufacturing, and technology.

“The joint decision to bring the Arcadis team to J.S. Held presents continued professional development opportunities for our people and opens the door to providing a broader suite of complementary services to our clients,” said Gary Kitt, Senior Managing Director of J.S. Held. “It’s an exciting day for both organizations as we are committed to deepening the areas of expertise for the firms and our colleagues.”

Mark Cowlard, Global President for Places at Arcadis, said, “As a people-first business, we strive to provide opportunities for all our colleagues to grow and develop. In this particular case, it is clear that J.S. Held – with their dedicated Construction Advisory practice – is well-placed to match the ambition of our UK-based Contract Solutions team.

“I’d like to thank Gary and the UK team for all they’ve done as part of Arcadis and look forward to continued collaboration with them as part of J.S. Held, in conjunction with our in-house Contract Solutions team in North America.”

About J.S. Held

J.S. Held is a global consulting firm that combines technical, scientific, financial, and strategic expertise to advise clients seeking to realize value and mitigate risk. Our professionals serve as trusted advisors to organizations facing high stakes matters demanding urgent attention, staunch integrity, proven experience, clear-cut analysis, and an understanding of both tangible and intangible assets.

The firm provides a comprehensive suite of services, products, and data that enable clients to navigate complex, contentious, and often catastrophic situations.

J.S. Held, its affiliates and subsidiaries are not certified public accounting firm(s) and do not provide audit, attest, or any other public accounting services. J.S. Held is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. Securities offered through PM Securities, LLC, d/b/a Phoenix IB, a part of J.S. Held, member FINRA/ SIPC or Ocean Tomo Investment Group, LLC, a part of J.S. Held, member FINRA/ SIPC. All rights reserved.

About Arcadis

Arcadis is the leading global design & consultancy organization for natural and built assets. We maximize impact for our clients and the communities they serve by providing effective solutions through sustainable outcomes, focus and scale, and digitalization. Arcadis is 29,000 people, active in more than 70 countries that generate €3.4 billion in revenues. Arcadis supports UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.

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