+44 (0)1625 626200 info@decipher-group.com

About Us

Decipher: Simplifying Construction’s Complexities

The Decipher Way

Established in 2001 and regulated by RICS, Decipher is a dedicated and growing team of construction experts and consultants. We’ve grown organically thanks to a disciplined approach and a reputation for clarity and quality.

Construction Expert QS and Delay Experts, Decipher

A world of expertise on demand

A construction project can be a complex journey, with many potential pitfalls along the way. Work with Decipher to make sense of complexity. We will help you to minimise risk and achieve your project goals.

You’re guaranteed personalised support from our skilled experts. Your project will be supervised by a senior member of the team who will communicate with you regularly. Whether you need support managing commercial risks or resolving a dispute, a delay or cost issue, we guarantee the right person for the job.

Our expert team works on diverse projects, with diverse people in diverse locations. From commercial buildings in the Middle East to power stations in Europe, we value the broad insights and experiences of our team. Decipher’s approach is to ensure that everyone you meet is capable and rigorously professional, yet friendly and open. We call this the Decipher Way.

Committed to our work and the people who deliver it

As clients, team members or as one of our growing orbit of expert advisors, we value the people at the heart of our operation.

If you want to deploy us on your challenges, we’ll look after you throughout our relationship. If you join our team, we’ll focus on your training and career development. We recognise that delivering the service we provide requires us to identify talent and nurture it ourselves.

Discover more about our team, our expertise and our approach through this site – and let’s see how we can help you achieve your goals.  

Dunbar discussing delay and quantum expert issues. Project controls in Manchester and London.

The Decipher Story


Decipher Established

Decipher Consulting (UK) Ltd – firm established and based in The Hertfordshire, Broxbourne. Paul teams up with Peter Shellard to provide commercial/quantum support.

Move to Macclesfield

Decipher moves back to the North West and establishes a base in Macclesfield.

Business Growth

Work in earnest on growing the business, to a team of eight.

DCM Arrives

Decipher Construction Management – Providing project and construction management support to a range of clients with the support of Tony Cayton.

Bill joins Decipher

Bill Bordill joins the management team.

DPM Arrives

Decipher Programme Management – Tom Francis joins the business providing programme management support. The firm adds a strong delay expert offering to its armoury. Manchester office opens.

APC Assessor Qualification

Paul & Bill become APC assessors to enable the firm to provide a strong training and mentoring service.

Hewitt Decipher Partnership

The team partner up with Andy Hewitt in Dubai to provide an international offering. Manchester office expands and London office opens. The firm also joins the CICES.


Decipher joins the CIF as corporate members in Ireland.

Who's Who Legal

2020 – Who’s Who
First director recognised in Who’s Who Legal

Decipher Scholarship

The Decipher scholarship established – supporting underprivileged students through university, with the University of Salford.


London office moves and expands to larger and better premises in Blackfriars.


Decipher service offering simplified to provide advisory, project control and dispute resolution under one unified brand. The business re-brands as ‘Decipher’.
October 2023

Decipher joins DeSimone

In October 2023, the firm joined the worldwide DeSimone family.

What Our Clients Say

“Decipher deliver a very bespoke offering and that’s why we went to them. They are classic professionals”

Barry Crichton

Avison Young

Speak to the Team

Get in touch with the team today, we'll be delighted to help and provide no-obligation feedback or just have a chat.