Our Experts

Aquila Forensics provides an unique blend of personnel that specialises in construction dispute, investigatory and advisory services. The combination of practical experience, academic qualifications and on-the-job learning ensures a team that can understand your issues and provide a coherent and workable solution.
We consist of a collaboration of industry experts that are able to provide a bespoke solution to our clients to give them the most cost effective and expert advice. In addition to our experts, Aquila Forensics also comprises of highly skilled support staff and individuals from within the construction industry with particular skill sets and experience that will provide a solution that matches your project’s size, complexity and value.

Mark Mills
MBA MSc MRICS MCIArb

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry working for sub-contractors (civils), main contractors, PQS fi rms and multi-disciplinary consultancies. Mark’s project experience is wide-ranging involving all stages of the construction process and varies in value from £1m construction projects in the UK to £1.5bn global disputes involving several different parties, including public sector bodies, SPVs and JVs.

He is a chartered surveyor who specialises in the management and resolution of construction disputes. He has an MBA from Cass Business School, an MSc in Construction Law & Arbitration from King’s College and a BSc in Commercial Management & Quantity Surveying from Manchester University. Mark is also a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Society of Construction Law as well as being an associate tutor at the University of Reading and a guest lecturer on Stuttgart University’s MBE.

Mark has been involved with many complex disputes including infrastructure developments (predominantly road and rail), marine developments, hospitals, large defence projects, major international airports, residential schemes, several hotels, luxury private residences, stadiums and a fi lm production studio. He has been involved in the provision of expert opinion and technical advice to a wide range of clients in the process of litigation, mediation, arbitration and negotiation.

Daniel Miles
MSc MRICS MCIArb

Daniel is an experienced chartered quantity surveyor and testifying Expert Witness with over fifteen years’ experience working on high-value, complex disputes. He specialises in the provision of quantum advice and opinion in mediation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation. He has had numerous appointments as both Expert Witness and claims advisor in disputes relating to construction, professional negligence claims and quantification of damages under NEC, FIDIC, JCT, TPC 2005 and PPC 2000 forms of contract. He continues to work on large-scale live projects and is engaged to provide board-level strategic advice, as well as providing senior advisory commercial and advisory services. Additionally, he has also acted as mediator.

He initially started his career in the civil engineering and infrastructure sectors before working on large marine, civil engineering and construction projects including hospitals, schools, community centres and residential developments in senior commercial management roles. He has provided services in connection with financial and quantum matters in infrastructure, building, civils, energy, tunneling, nuclear, marine, mineral extraction, highways and utilities disputes in the UK and overseas.

Daniel also lectures at both Stuttgart University and Derby University on contract administration and assessment of quantum and delay in disputes on a number of courses. He also provides training for firms on the commercial management of contracts under all major forms of contract. Before becoming a quantity surveyor, He worked as a geophysicist with experience of both land and marine based techniques as well as providing remote sensing services.

David Richards
BSc FRICS FCIArb

David Richards has over 40 years' experience as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and over 20 years' experience as a Chartered Arbitrator. He has been a member of Council of the Society of Construction Law and is a past chairman of the CUKJ Southern Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He is widely experienced in UK and international engineering and construction claim and dispute resolution. He has been appointed as arbitrator on approximately seventy occasions and adjudicator on thirty-five occasions and has, on many occasions, given expert opinion evidence in the area of delay and disruption assessment and cost evaluation, his main area of occupation. He has also been appointed member of Dispute Resolution Boards and has undertaken expert determinations.

David Richards was on the Society of Construction Law committee for the development of the 2002 Protocol on Delay and Disruption. He has been responsible for the provision of dispute related services to employers, contractors and subcontractors, dealing with structural steelwork, mechanical and electrical work, piling and diaphragm wall work and earthworks as well as the more general areas of building and civil engineering projects. David Richards has particular experience in delay analysis and complex disruption valuation, disentangling global claims to establish the relationship of particular cause and effect. He has been involved in a number of high profile cases that have been featured in the construction press and law reports.

Stuart Davey
MSc MCIArb

Stuart has a Masters in Construction Law and Arbitration from King’s College London, is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Society of Construction Law. He has particular experience internationally with disputes under the FIDIC form of contract. He is widely experienced in engineering and construction dispute resolution producing expert quantum and contract claim analysis reports. He has been responsible for the provision of quantum and dispute related services to employers, contractors and sub-contractors, dealing with construction on roads, bridges, airports, railways and power projects as well as the more general areas of building and civil engineering projects domestically as well as internationally.

Stuart has provided quantum services in numerous adjudications and arbitrations. He has been appointed to undertake quantum reports on major international power, building and civil engineering projects and he has recently undertaken expert quantum reports on two major infrastructure projects in Oman.

Graham Streater
MSc MCIOB MCIArb

Graham is widely experienced in both construction planning, programme controls / monitoring and time related claims. He has thirty years planning experience, and over twenty years in a managerial capacity. The majority of this experience being gained whilst permanently based on site. Graham has been appointed as the planning department manager for a couple of major national contractors, responsible for the staffing, procedures and pre and post contract planning.

Mark Walker
MRICS BSC

Mark is a chartered quantity surveyor and adjudicator with over twenty eight years’ post-qualification experience. He has provided expert witness support on a number of high-value projects and has experience of acting as an adjudicator as well as providing expert determinations. He also has significant experience of claims preparation gained whilst working on behalf of contractors, sub-contractors, private clients and Local Authorities. He has also published analysis notes on several main contractors' terms and conditions.

Garrick Jefferys
BTECH ACIARB

Garrick is widely experienced in both construction planning, programme controls / monitoring and in the field of delay analysis in the United Kingdom as well as Southern Africa. He has fifteen years planning / project experience, a number of these in the managerial capacity as well as the running of a successful planning consultancy. Garrick has been appointed as the planning section manager for the Culham Centre of Fusion Energy responsible for staff development, implementation of planning “best practice” and the planning of multiple highly complex shutdown projects.

He has been responsible for the provision of planning and claim related services to both employers as well as contractors, dealing with all build aspects of a wide range of construction projects including commercial, industrial, schools, hotels, retail, residential, mining, scientific research, power generation, roadworks, and oil and gas.

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“I worked with Mark as our team’s quantum expert dealing with a very complicated dispute on preliminaries. We were able to build up a very effective working relationship, due to Mark’s professional yet relaxed style and his ability to explain the complex numerical picture in simple terms – which was a very refreshing experience. I would not hesitate to appoint him again.”

JESSICA RAJWAN, HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS,
ON MARK MILLS’ WORK ON A MAJOR UK INFRASTRUCTURE DISPUTE.

"Mark provided precise technical analysis on a number of very complex quantum matters. I have found his reports and opinions clear, thorough and concise yet containing the requisite detail. I have enjoyed working alongside Mark and look forward to working with him again. I would not hesitate in recommending him in the future."

ROB HOOSE, DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON

"I worked with Mark on a highly complex, multi-billion power station project. He always ensured that project reports were delivered on time and of the high standard that I expect. What I particularly appreciated was Mark's hands-on service mentality, and of course his excellent technical skills - not only in his field of play, but also regarding other relevant disciplines like project management or legal matters. Besides, working with Mark was always pleasant and enjoyable and Mark's attention to detail meant that we were able to produce accurate and convincing analysis and assessments of complex issues. I look forward to working with Mark again and would recommend him any without hesitation."

DR. MAXIMILIAN KOCH, MBA. SIEMENS (POWER & GAS)