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Thought Leaders - Construction Experts 2020

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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Scott Hollingsworth “consistently impresses” peers and is regarded as “excellent in all ways”.

Questions & Answers

Scott Hollingsworth is a Partner at HKA with more than 20 years of experience in the litigation consulting industry. He specialises in the investigation and resolution of disputes specifically related to delay and disruption analyses, cost analyses, claims, project controls, and forensic schedule analysis. Scott has consulted on various project types including power generation, high-rise and commercial buildings, rail, infrastructure, industrial, and waste remediation across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North and Central America.
What inspired you to pursue a career as a delay and quantum expert? What has kept it interesting professionally?
I studied engineering and business as an undergraduate and was thrilled to find this industry, as it provides a healthy mix of the two. I enjoy learning new methodologies and technical aspects of forensic schedule and quantum analyses. Further, in more recent years I have thoroughly enjoyed working with counsel and clients to assist in shaping the strategy of an engagement. 
How has the market changed since you first started practising?
One of the primary differences relates to travel and spending “face time” with clients. When I started in this industry, it was much more common to consistently travel to meet with clients or counsel to gather data and work together, face to face. The days of being on the road for months or years at a time is far less pervasive than it used to be. 
Can you tell us about the most challenging cases you have worked on?
I have had the good fortune to work on some very large projects in my career (e.g. multi-billion dollar disputes) that are typically challenging in terms of scope and complexity of the issues. Further, those matters tend to have a significant volume of project records. The interplay (or lack thereof) between project records on mega-projects can present challenges for forensic analysis.
On the other end of that spectrum, smaller disputes have been some of the most challenging projects in my career. These smaller projects can have extremely limited project records or lack of access to the individuals that managed the project, which presents a different set of challenges for schedule or quantum experts. 
What are the best ways of remaining impartial and independent when providing analysis and testimony?
The importance of one’s reputation as an impartial and independent expert is paramount to long-term success in this business. One approach that I have found successful in terms of remaining impartial is to put myself in the opposing expert’s shoes when performing an analysis or providing testimony. The ability to play devil’s advocate is particularly helpful in remaining independent. Finally, simply being honest and direct with clients, especially when the news is not particularly good, builds credibility and helps in establishing a good reputation as an impartial expert.
What are the benefits of using concurrent expert evidence or hot-tubbing to provide expert testimony?
In my experience on both domestic and international disputes, the benefits are significant. It allows the trier of fact to get to the essence of opposing experts’ disagreements and forces the expert to think on their feet. The real-time dialogue between experts in front of a judge or panel can be very helpful.
How are technological developments currently affecting the practice of quantum and delay analysis?
The proliferation of data in construction disputes has not necessarily made life easier for the forensic expert. In some respects, it has become more difficult due to the massive amounts of data that are maintained and provided for analysis. Fortunately, there are good tools and talented consultants available to analyse very large data sets.
How does HKA stand out from its competitors?
Our culture and quality of work product is outstanding. Further, our ability to bring delay, quantum, and technical expertise to an engagement is a significant distinguishing factor.
What do you think will be the greatest challenges facing construction experts over the next five years and how will you ensure you are prepared to face them?
Issues associated with the covid-19 pandemic may be the most significant challenge that our industry faces in the short term. For example, quantifying delay and pricing damages during these unprecedented times may present unique challenges. We are encouraging clients to document delays and impacts as much as possible to assist in capturing impacts contemporaneously. 

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"Scott is one of the most precise and detail-oriented schedule delay experts I have worked with"

"Top-notch in every way and great to work with"

"He is outstanding at distilling large amounts of complex information into simple, easy-to-understand concepts"

Biography

Scott Hollingsworth is a delay and quantum expert with more than 20 years of experience in the litigation consulting industry. He specialises in the investigation and resolution of business disputes related to the construction industry and was part of The Kenrich Group’s team of construction experts prior to the company joining HKA in July 2019.

Scott has testified as an expert in arbitration and court proceedings and has presented schedule delay and damage analysis during settlement negotiations.

Scott has experience working in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North and Central America. He has worked with clients from sectors including buildings, defence, industrial, infrastructure, industrial, power and utilities, and technology. He also has further experience in waste remediation projects, education, hospitals and hotels.

Scott has consulted on behalf of construction contractors, project owners, insurance companies and government contractors. Scott has led teams analysing critical path method (CPM) schedules to determine causes and durations of project delays. He has also led financial analyses to quantify project cost growth including those related to delay, disruption, acceleration and productivity. Scott has performed forensic investigations of construction costs incurred including review and analysis of various project documentation to verify work performed and to determine percent complete.

Scott holds a bachelor’s in engineering and is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA), AACE International, North American Society of Construction Law, Chicago Building Congress (CBC), and is a member and fellow of the Project Management College of Scheduling (PMCOS).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Scott Hollingsworth brings over 20 years’ experience in litigation consulting and is a “star for sure and an expert in construction delay analysis” according to impressed sources.

Biography

Scott Hollingsworth is a delay and quantum expert with more than 20 years of experience in the litigation consulting industry. He specialises in the investigation and resolution of business disputes related to the construction industry and was part of The Kenrich Group’s team of construction experts prior to the company joining HKA in July 2019.

Scott has testified as an expert in arbitration and court proceedings and has presented schedule delay and damage analysis during settlement negotiations.

Scott has experience working in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North and Central America. He has worked with clients from sectors including buildings, defence, industrial, infrastructure, industrial, power and utilities, and technology. He also has further experience in waste remediation projects, education, hospitals and hotels.

Scott has consulted on behalf of construction contractors, project owners, insurance companies and government contractors. Scott has led teams analysing critical path method (CPM) schedules to determine causes and durations of project delays. He has also led financial analyses to quantify project cost growth including those related to delay, disruption, acceleration and productivity. Scott has performed forensic investigations of construction costs incurred including review and analysis of various project documentation to verify work performed and to determine percent complete.

Scott holds a bachelor’s in engineering and is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA), AACE International, North American Society of Construction Law, Chicago Building Congress (CBC), and is a member and fellow of the Project Management College of Scheduling (PMCOS).

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