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Adrian Cole

Adrian Cole

King & Spalding LLPLevel 15Al Sila TowerAbu Dhabi Global Market SquareAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates130522

Thought Leader

Thought Leaders - Construction 2020
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
Construction 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Adrian Cole is "very successful in managing the conduct of arbitrations". Sources note that his "depth of knowledge instils confidence in those appointing him".


Adrian Cole is an expert in construction disputes in energy, real estate and infrastructure development; and he leads King & Spalding's Middle East dispute resolution practice. 

Adrian is listed as one of the world’s top 25 construction dispute lawyers; has been selected for inclusion in WWL Global Elite; and is ranked as a top-tier lawyer by Chambers Global and The Legal 500Chambers Global says, "He's the kind of guy you want with you rather than against you,” and rates “his knowledge in arbitration”. The Legal 500 states that Adrian "stands out as a strong expert in construction-related dispute resolution" (The Legal 500).

As arbitrator, Adrian has decided over 70 significant and complex construction cases sitting with some of the world’s leading construction arbitrators under ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, ADCCAC, UNCITRAL and other rules. A qualified and experienced mediator and adjudicator, he is currently chair of a high-profile DAB on the largest power project in Africa. He practices both civil and common law, and is currently engaged on complex high-value construction disputes in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Adrian studied engineering and construction, and qualified and practised as a quantity surveyor before becoming a solicitor. He has first-hand experience of the practical issues in the engineering and construction industries.  

A fellow of the CIArb and a member of the CIOB, he is admitted in England and Wales, Ireland and is qualified to practise in the United Arab Emirates.

Adrian has been engaged for his expertise by the EU to provide training in international arbitration to the Republic of Georgia and by the UAE Government to train its judiciary in construction law and arbitration.

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