Adrian Cole


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Adrian Cole

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Adrian Cole leads King & Spalding's Middle East Dispute Resolution Practice.  He is a construction law specialist advising on disputes relating to energy and infrastructure development. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Cole qualified as an engineer / quantity surveyor and has first-hand experience of the practical issues in the engineering and construction industries.

Mr. Cole has been listed by Who’s Who Legal as one of the top 25 construction dispute resolution lawyers in the world.

Mr. Cole is an experienced arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Chartered Institute of Building. He has worked both in-house (International Counsel Vinci in Hong Kong and Paris) and in private practice in the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Middle East. His wide experience in the construction and engineering industries allows him to bring a commercial and pragmatic approach to the resolution of disputes.


  • "Alternative Dispute Resolution in the United Arab Emirates" in ADR Client Strategies in the Middle East and Africa",  Thompson Reuters 2009

  • "The Interpretation and Application of Delay Clauses In International Construction Contracts Governed by UAE Law" in Delay Clauses in International Construction Contracts, Jacob Jorgensen Ed, Kluwer Law International, 2010

  • "Construction and Projects Law in the UAE" in PLC Cross-border Construction & Projects Handbook, Practical Law Company, 2009

  • "Flying High - Airport development in the Middle East" in Transportation Finance Review; Euromoney, 2008

ICC-UAE Arbitration Commission - Steering Committee
Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; UAE Committee Member
Member of Chartered Institute of Building
Society of Construction Law


Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (1993); Higher Rights of Audience
Admitted as a solicitor in the Republic of Ireland (1997)
Advocate in the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre