RSK launches dispute resolution business co-led out of Sydney

26 October 2023 2 min. read

Global engineering and environmental group RSK has launched a new advisory business for dispute resolution services. The new global business is co-led out of Australia.

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, and with 14,000 employees in 40 countries, RSK is one of the world’s larger professional services firms specialising in the delivery of engineering, environmental, and technical services in the built environment.

The newly launched RSK Global Experts business now sees RSK enter the market for dispute resolution and litigation consulting, with the team to provide expert witness services for all forms of the dispute resolution process, including litigation, arbitrations, legal inquiries, mediations, expert determinations, and defence of claims.

RSK launches dispute resolution business co-led out of Sydney

Alan Ryder, the Chief Executive Officer of RSK, said that the introduction of RSK Global Experts is a significant development in the group’s 2030 growth strategy, which aims to nearly quadruple the group’s turnover from this year’s £1.2 billion to more than £5 billion in 2030.

RSK Global Experts has hit the ground running with a pan-continental team of experts with dispute resolution expertise under their belt, cherry-picked from RSK’s existing network of experts. The division has also hired people externally.

Serving clients across the world, including in sectors such as energy, water, food and drink, infrastructure, urban development, mining and waste, RSK Global Experts will be led out of London and Sydney.

Leading the new division is Steve Abbott, who is the Managing Director of SJA, a Sydney-headquartered advisory and delivery services firm specialising in expert and advisory services, planning and programming, project management and quantity surveying. SJA was acquired by RSK in the summer of 2022.

“RSK’s experience supporting clients across a range of sectors on six continents has demonstrated a clear need for an experienced body of testifying and subject matter experts,” said Abbott.

Ryder added: “RSK has always been focused on striving to offer a complete client service, from advisory support right through to engineering and implementation. The launch of this initiative is a very natural development towards this goal. We believe that this endeavour has the potential to build the largest, most diverse panel of experts in the world.”

In Australia, RSK currently has 450 staff and realises annual revenues of $310 million. The firm aims to more than quadruple by 2030.