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Arthur Andersen poaches top civils

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MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT Arthur Andersen has poached high ranking civil engineers to join its newly established environmental services division it emerged this week.

It is building up a multi-disciplinary brownfield remediation team ahead of an expected rise in this field of work.

Six senior engineers from Hyder Consulting, Mott MacDonald, Enviros Aspinwall, WS Atkins and Knight Piesold have already agreed to join the firm. Further recruitment is anticipated.

Andersen is also taking over law firms Garretts and Dundas & Wilson to form Andersen Legal, 'to deal specifically with contamination,' said environmental services manager Pamela Shimell.

Andersen's property clients are showing strong interest in investing in contaminated brownfield sites as the Government draws close to delivering long awaited guidance on liability, Shimell added.

The firm is acquiring engineering skills to assess sites for potential investment and manage risk during remediation.

'We see this as a big area in which we can identify liability and add value for our clients,' Shimell commented. Andersen will offer advice on handling contaminated land and other services including corporate finance, legal advice and insurance consultancy to provide clients with single point of contact service.

Andersen aims to provide project management on remediation schemes, but will be using sub-consultants to carry out site investigations and design technical solutions.

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