Global consulting firm J.S. Held announced the acquisition of Aquila Forensics, a London-based consultancy providing construction dispute, advisory and investigatory services to clients in the U.K. and abroad. This acquisition expands and strengthens J.S. Held’s construction advisory services globally, amplifying the firm’s footprint in the EMEA region.

Established in 2018, Aquila Forensics advises clients in the energy and natural resources, infrastructure, industrial and manufacturing, building and development, marine and civil engineering sectors in the U.K. and internationally. As experts in quantum and delay analysis, the Aquila Forensics team is regularly engaged in the management and resolution of construction disputes through mediation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation. The firm also helps clients make informed decisions concerning capital investments and revenue expenditure for high-value, complex construction projects worldwide.

“By joining J.S. Held, we gain additional resources and experts from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines that both complement the talents of our team and expand our global reach,” said Mark Mills, Co-Founder and Director at Aquila Forensics.

“J.S. Held shares our commitment to providing an extraordinary client experience,” added Daniel Miles, Co-Founder and Director at Aquila. “We look forward to collaborating with our colleagues while strengthening the solutions we provide in the U.K. and other key markets around the world.”

The addition of Aquila Forensics builds upon J.S. Held’s previous acquisitions in EMEA, including GPW Group, Sense Studio and Arcadis’ U.K. Contract Solutions Practice led by Gary Kitt, further enhancing the firm’s comprehensive global service offering across construction advisory, forensic architecture and investigations.

“J.S. Held is acquiring a team of highly respected and accomplished experts at the top of their field,” said Kitt, Senior Managing Director for Construction Advisory at J.S. Held. “The addition of the Aquila team strengthens our Construction Advisory Practice by adding experts with a deep understanding of financial and programming impacts of change developed from years of expert witness and site-based practical experience.”

Aquila Forensics clients will now have access to J.S. Held’s expanded suite of services, including forensic architecture and engineering; property and infrastructure damage consulting; accident reconstruction; equipment consulting; environmental, health and safety; ESG and sustainability; cyber security; global investigations; forensic accounting; economic damages and valuation; restructuring, turnaround and receivership; surety; and intellectual property disputes, strategy, valuation and monetization.