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Our Vision

To be the pre-eminent, globally connected player in our space.

Our Mission

To be the leading source of expertise to help clients manage disputes, risk and uncertainty on complex contracts.

Our Purpose

To make the best possible outcomes for our clients a reality, every time.

HKA is one of the world’s leading privately owned, independent providers of consulting, expert and advisory services for the construction, manufacturing, process and technology industries.

We also have particular experience advising clients on the economic impact of commercial and investment treaty disputes and in forensic accounting matters.

In addition, HKA supports companies that conduct business with the US Federal Government, providing them with consulting services on complex government contracting matters.

We bring a proud record of excellent service and high achievement – established over more than 40 years – to bear on today’s challenges. As trusted independent consultants, experts and advisers, we deliver solutions amid uncertainty, dispute and overrun, and provide the insights that make the best possible outcomes a reality for public and private sector clients worldwide.

Clients have access to proven leaders and problem-solvers who decode complexity through collaborative working and innovative thinking.

As well as more than 500 expert witnesses, HKA now has in excess of 500 advisors and consultants – across 47 offices in 17 countries – with the skills and experience that are essential to get to the heart of even the most complex issues.

Our people have vast first-hand experience spanning all major industries and the world’s most complex megaprojects, as well as an international track record of achieving successful outcomes.

HKA’s global portfolio includes prestigious projects on every continent and in market sectors that include buildings, industrial, infrastructure, oil and gas, power and utilities, and technology.

Our forensic accounting and commercial damages teams specialise in areas such as valuations, economic damages, investigations, bankruptcy and intellectual property.

HKA experts’ experience in government contracting is profound and covers contract disputes, investigating allegations of false claims and defective pricing, compliance reviews and audit services as well as other tailored support.

1970

Hancox & Partners

The Cadogans story began in 1970. A. L. Hancox founded Hancox & Partners, a mechanical and electrical (M&E) practice designing and installing hospital boilers and chimneys. The firm’s first assignment was at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, Scotland, UK.

1973

Knowles

Knowles is founded in Manchester by James Roger Knowles, specialising in construction dispute resolution.

1976

Hill International, Inc.

Irvin E. Richter launches Hill International, Inc. from his home in Willingboro, New Jersey, USA.

1985

Binnington Copeland & Associates

Binnington Copeland & Associates is founded by Bill Copeland and Chris Binnington, as a specialist engineering and construction contracts consultancy. Its first office was in Progress House in Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.

1988

Rendel Hancox

In 1988, Hancox & Partners became Rendel Hancox, part of the High-Point Group of Companies, following High-Point’s acquisition of civil engineering consultants Rendel, Palmer and Tritton (RPT).

1991

Rendel Palmer & Tritton (Scotland)

Following a merger with the Glasgow branch of RPT, Rendel Hancox is renamed Rendel Palmer & Tritton (Scotland), providing mechanical, electrical, civil and structural engineering consultancy services.

1995

Chitester Management Systems

Chitester Management Systems is founded in Tampa, Florida, USA, by Tim Chitester, specialising in construction claims analysis, property loss and building consulting, and programme management services.

1996

Pickavance Consulting

Pickavance Consulting founded by Keith Pickavance, an internationally-recognised figure in the field of construction disputes and author of Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts, now in its 5th edition and recognised internationally as the definitive work on the subject.

1997

Cadogan Consultants

Following a management buy-out, Rendel Palmer & Tritton (Scotland) becomes Cadogan Consultants, operating as a private limited company. The firm enjoyed a close working relationship with chemical engineering expert Brian Locke, and carried out work under the umbrella of his consultancy named after his residence in Cadogan Square, London. After separating from High-Point Rendel, and following Brian’s retirement, the firm became Cadogan Consultants.

1999

McLachlan Lister

McLachlan Lister is founded in Sydney, Australia by Russell Lister. The company becomes synonymous with pioneering project consultancy practices in Australia. Its first project is at the Harold Park Paceway, a half-mile harness racing track in Glebe, New South Wales.

2000

Pickavance Consulting

Pickavance Consulting launches its inaugural Masterclass on Delay & Disruption in Construction Contracts, a three-day residential event held at Sundridge Park in Bromley, Kent, UK.

2003

MapleConsult

MapleConsult is established at Exchange Quay, Salford Quays, Manchester, a subsidiary of QS practice Haleys (formerly known as Haley Somerset Consulting).

2006

James R. Knowles (Holdings) PLC

James R. Knowles (Holdings) PLC, headquartered in Daresbury, Warrington, UK, acquired by Hill International, Inc. At the time of acquisition, Knowles employed more than 350 staff operating from 36 offices throughout the UK, Western Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia, Canada and the United States.

2007

Hill International Construction Claims & Consulting Group

Hill International Construction Claims & Consulting Group restructures operations to create three distinct regions: the Americas; Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific.

2008

PCI Group, LLC

Hill International acquires PCI Group, LLC, a Las Vegas-based firm that provides scheduling, construction claims, project management support, and software sales and support services throughout the western United States.

2008

Chitester Management Systems

Hill International acquires Chitester Management Systems, Inc., based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

2010

McLachlan Lister

Hill International acquires Sydney-based McLachlan Lister, a firm providing management consulting services throughout Australia.

2013

Binnington Copeland & Associates

Hill International acquires Binnington Copeland & Associates, a leading construction advisory and training practice in South Africa for over 25 years.

2014

Cadogans

Expert engineering firm Cadogans, with around 30 professionals operating from offices in Glasgow and Dundee, Scotland, UK, is acquired by Hill International.

2019

The Kenrich Group

HKA acquired The Kenrich Group LLC, an American-based expert, business and litigation consulting firm, creating the largest construction claims consultancy in the United States.

2020

Probyn Miers

Probyn Miers, the UK’s leading firm of Expert Architects in the field of Construction Dispute Avoidance and Resolution, is now part of HKA.

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OUR BRAND VALUES

When we engage with our clients, customers and other stakeholders, our success revolves around individual relationships and trust.

We convey a message of careful thinking and planning, offering a steady hand to our stakeholders. At the same, we deliver a responsive service with an ability to bring out our values and knowledge to bear on any situations that may arise.

Our brand values and core principles help shape our behaviour and actions, ensuring we remain on the right path and fulfil our goals to our stakeholders. We continuously strive to add value, create solutions, deliver excellence and exceed expectations.

"Our people are leaders and problem-solvers, who thrive on complexity.

By collaborative practices and innovative thinking, our clients receive an offering that is constantly evolving and improving in response to their needs."
Renny Borhan, Partner & CEO

AGILE

We embrace and rapidly adapt to change, challenges, events and opportunities. We are very clear about what we stand for. We look to the future.

COLLABORATIVE

We embrace the principles, practices and processes of collaborative organisational structure that enhance communication and the exchange of ideas, and foster teamwork.

CONFIDENT

We inspire clients to trust us with their business and business-critical projects and decision-making.

INNOVATIVE

We are progressive and make continuous improvement an integral part of the way we operate.

PASSIONATE

We are meaningfully different, inspiring and distinctive and earn the most interest and attention in our space, both on- and off-line.