HKA is a leading global consultancy in risk mitigation, dispute resolution, expert witness, and litigation support services.

HKA has an unrivalled track record in Saudi Arabia having been involved in many of the Kingdom’s flagship projects. Our highly skilled and dedicated in-Kingdom team of consultants work closely together to prioritise the needs of its clients.

As the oldest construction consulting firm in Saudi Arabia, HKA has worked on a wide range of major complex projects across several industry sectors, including buildings, hotels and tourism, power and utilities, oil and gas, mixed use developments, sports and leisure and transportation infrastructure. Our consultants have a strong technical background along with extensive commercial and contractual experience. They have years of wide-ranging industry experience in forensic delay analysis, claims preparation and management, with alternative dispute resolution experience.

Our team of specialists and subject-matter experts work closely with clients to decode the complexity of complex contracts and challenging projects to deliver the best possible outcomes.

Our services

We provide expert, claims and advisory services for the capital projects and infrastructure sector and Forensic Accounting and Commercial Damages services for all types of contracts, including commercial and investment treaty disputes.

Claims and dispute resolution

Our claims and dispute resolution consultants investigate and analyse the cause and effect of events, prepare submissions and present cases. Our skills and experience are invaluable when analysing contractual entitlement and causation and quantifying the effects of pursuing or defending claims. This thorough evaluation leads to the best solutions for our clients.

We provide:

  • Claims management
  • Claims governance
  • Claims and dispute avoidance

Expert Services

HKA has hundreds of experts with vast experience in every major industry sector and discipline. They have the commercial, financial, planning, scheduling, technical and language skills to get quickly to the heart of the most complex issues.

We provide:

  • Engineering & Construction: Quantum
    • Cost engineering and quantity surveying
    • Construction cost auditing
    • Assessment of damages, additional costs, loss and expense
    • Estimations and valuations
    • Evaluating change orders
    • Evaluation at termination
    • Forecast cost to completion
  • Engineering & Construction: Delay & Disruption
    • Productivity and extension of time
    • Delay analysis methodologies
    • Forecast cost to completion
    • Schedule analysis and audit programme sequencing
  • Engineering, Architectural & Technical
    • Liability
    • Design responsibility
    • Client scope
    • Performance issues
    • Risk
    • Professional responsibility
    • Design duties
    • Contractor duties
    • Material failure
    • Delay factors

Forensic Accounting and Investigations

Our forensic accounting and investigations team supports our clients by providing advisory on complex contentious matters. Our experts assist clients by undertaking fraud, forensic, intellectual property and regulatory investigations across the globe.

Our experts are experienced in matters including:

Commercial Damages & Valuation

Our commercial damages & valuation experts consult and testify on a wide range of engagements and subjects – including losses alleged in breach of contract claims and post-acquisition disputes or contentious valuations in shareholder or joint venture disputes, to reasonable royalties in patent infringements or licensing cases, investment treaty claims.

Our commercial damages and valuation experts support our clients with the following core areas:

Professional standing and recognition

HKA has ranked as the top firm in Who’s Who Legal (WWL) construction Expert Witnesses analysis for the last six years, with our leading quantum, engineering and delay experts being recognised for their skills and reputation.

Our expert witnesses also feature in WWL’s Arbitration, Energy, Litigation, Quantum of Damages, Forensic Accounting, and Investigations analysis, selected for their excellence across a wide range of matters in dispute.

We are consistently ranked highly in Global Arbitration Review (GAR) GAR 100 Expert Witness Power Index. The Power Index ranks expert witnesses by looking at the volume and value of two years’ worth of hearings.

In Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Top 100, 15th Edition, HKA was ranked:

  • #2 for the most cross-examinations
  • #2 for the total number of commercial hearings and investor-state hearings
  • #4 for the total number of energy hearings and oil and gas hearings
  • #2 for the total number of construction hearings and #3 for the percentage of hearings involving construction.

HKA is the largest accredited Corporate Provider of Expert Services with the Academy of Experts with individually accredited experts from Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.

We share this unparalleled expert knowledge with industry stakeholders. HKA has long hosted knowledge forums, seminars and workshops in association with leading KCs, barristers, lawyers and trade associations around the world.


Who’s Who Legal Construction Expert Witness Firm of the Year, 2018, 2020 and 2022


Ranked #1 in WWL Construction Expert Witnesses analysis for six consecutive years (2017-2022)


Consistently ranked highly in the GAR Top 100


HKA is the world’s largest Corporate Provider to The Academy of Experts


HKA was selected from a field of candidates as the 2021 and 2022 winner of the Specialist Consultancy of the Year award for Dispute Resolution at the Middle East Consultant Awards.

Husam Gawish

Partner, Head of KSA Operations

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

John McKevitt

Partner, KSA Country Manager

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Hilal Itani


Location: Dubai, UAE

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