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March 4, 2021
Sense Studio Joins J.S. Held
Sense Studio Joins J.S. Held

Adding these expert forensic architects to our team in Europe furthers our firm's ability to support our global client base with trusted, seasoned experts in the dispute avoidance and resolution arena.


JERICHO, N.Y. – March 4, 2021 – Global consulting firm J.S. Held announced today that it has acquired Sense Studio Limited, a specialized architectural practice which provides dispute avoidance and resolution services. This transaction expands J.S. Held’s forensic architecture services, supporting clients throughout Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, North America, and Latin America.

Founder and Managing Director of Sense Studio, Murray Armes, is an International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) President’s List international adjudicator and also past president, as well as a long standing member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation. He and his team are involved in some of the largest, most challenging, and complex construction and infrastructure projects in the world.

“The Sense Studio team, led by Murray Armes, is respected for their breadth of experience and knowledge to support clients on some of the largest, most complex disputes in the world,” said Mark Cohen, Senior Managing Director and Global Construction Advisory Services Practice Lead. “Adding these professionals to our European team furthers our firm's ability to support our global client base with trusted, seasoned experts in the dispute avoidance and resolution arena.”

Based in London, England, Sense Studio is an international firm known for providing architectural expert witness, dispute avoidance, and dispute resolution services. The firm works primarily with clients in the construction, government, and legal sectors. The Sense Studio team is composed of internationally recognized registered architects who routinely provide forensic investigation and architect expert witness services. The practice also provides mediators, conciliators, arbitrators, adjudicators, expert determiners, dispute board members, and conflict avoidance panel members to help stop construction disputes before they start.

“Throughout my career working on international projects and helping to resolve complex disputes, the ability to work with highly technical, knowledgeable, and unbiased people is of the utmost importance,” said Murray Armes, BA DipArch MA MSc RIBA FCIArb MAE, Founder of Sense Studio. “Our clients will benefit from this partnership because joining J.S. Held provides access to a diverse group of experts who complement our depth of real-world experience, amplify our global footprint, and share our foundational values.”

Sense Studio joins the J.S. Held team of more than 1,500 consultants around the world. By joining forces with J.S. Held, Sense Studio gains access to additional resources and experts to provide clients with an expanded suite of technical and scientific, financial, and strategic consulting services.

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.



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