In the wake of the most unprecedented investment in the Tees Valley for a generation, there’s a business that’s been operating in the region for more than 40 years, acting as a trusted partner for clients involved in the delivery of construction and engineering projects.
HKA, a world-leading dispute avoidance and resolution firm, works closely with businesses helping to ensure their projects – from the humble to the extravagant – reach a successful completion.
As a global business, HKA has helped more than 5,500 clients resolve over 100,000 disputes valued at around £194bn (US$250bn) throughout its 40-year history.
During this time, the organisation has grown through several mergers, de-mergers and acquisitions bringing together Hill-PCI Group, Knowles and associated subsidiaries under the new name of HKA. Its service offering is vast, providing contractual and commercial support, expert and advisory services to anticipate, investigate and resolve project disputes.
The UK has one of the highest value of project disputes in the world, coming in at an average of £23m and lasting an average of 10 months. There are considerable flaws in the way that projects are planned and executed that lead to such disputes. This is where HKA can help.
Partner and quantum expert Chris Metcalfe has worked at HKA for more than 20 years. He started his career as a surveyor, gaining experience across the building, shipbuilding and engineering industries. For the last 15 years, he has predominantly operated in the marine, offshore and oil and gas industries. He has provided dispute resolution and commercial advice for a variety of project types, including vessel construction and modification.
He says: “HKA has operated in the Tees Valley for over 40 years, and despite our change of name, our reputation as trusted partners to our clients has stood the test of time.
“Our new name not only brings together our rich history, it also uniquely places us as a business that can draw upon global expertise to resolve problems for local clients.”
What makes HKA even more unique is its integrated services – from concept to closeout, HKA can help save clients time and money with services suited to each step of the project cycle.
Andrew Drennan, business manager for Teesside and Scotland, said: “We understand that businesses enter into contracts with the best of intentions, but disputes do happen. We can help to minimise the risks that parties are exposed to both pre- and post-contract.
“In addition, our expert services are there for disputes that cannot be resolved between two parties without professional support. We have over 100 quantum, engineering and delay (QED) experts combining forensic technical, delay and disruption, and financial quantum analyses.”
HKA also provides in-house training for businesses using bespoke and standard forms of contracts, such as FIDIC, ICE, IChemE, JCT and NEC.
In 2018, HKA was named Construction Expert Witness of the Year by Who’s Who Legal and ranked number one in the Global Arbitration Review’s Top 100 11th Edition Expert Witnesses for the number of construction arbitrations undertaken by a firm.