Adrian Cole

Partner | King & Spalding


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 a quantity surveyor and has first-hand experience of the practical issues in the engineering and construction industries.

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


Awards & Recognition

  • “strongly rated as an excellent professional by his peers” (Tier One for Construction) - Chambers Global
  • “excellent” and is rated for “expertise on construction aspects of major projects” - Legal 500
  • “Grade A lawyer with fantastic clients” and "praised for his contentious and non-contentious work on behalf of public and private companies" - Who’s Who UAE Legal
  • “highly recommended” - PLC Which Lawyer
  • Listed as a "World Leading Construction Lawyer 2013" - Euromoney
  • Engaged to train UAE Judges on best practice in construction law and dispute resolution
  • Frequent guest speaker at many international conferences and events with particular focus on international arbitration and dispute resolution in the energy and infrastructure sector.