Kim Franklin QC

Call 1984 · QC 2016

‘She has a deep knowledge of construction law and is a very skilled advocate.’ 


Chambers UK 2016

Kim Franklin QC

Practice Overview

Kim a recognised specialist international lawyer in the construction, engineering and infrastructure sectors, focussing on resolution of disputes arising from complex projects in international arbitration. She acts as counsel in the UK Construction and Appeal Courts, including the Privy Council (Supreme Court) and in the Caribbean.

Kim has conducted numerous ICC and DIAC arbitrations in the UK, the UAE and GCC countries. She acts as party appointed arbitrator and Tribunal Chair and also acts as Construction Adjudicator for complex UK disputes.

Appointed Queen's Counsel in 2016, Kim has a flair for technically complex, document-heavy disputes, often involving project delay. She has sound strategic judgment and is popular with clients. She speaks at international conferences including the Superyacht Design Symposia, and has a keen interest in superyacht procurement.


  • Successfully represented international contractors in an ICC arbitration against Dubai's largest residential developer (2015)
  • Acted with success as leader in a Privy Council appeal by an electricity supplier against an American Bank in Antigua (2014)
  • Represented international M&E consultants successfully defending complex arbitration claims for the fit out of the largest retail outlet in Dubai Mall (2013)
  • Appeared before the Privy Council, Successful appeal to the Privy Council against the Antiguan Government concerning a Joint Venture for the construction of a power plant and power purchase agreement (2013)
  • Acted with success as leader, representing a multi-national joint venture in arbitration under UAE law concerning a hotel and residential complex on the Dubai Palm (2012)
  • Upheld a one year limitation provision in the Court of Appeal successfully striking out of developer's claim (2012)
  • Advised international lawyers in the BVI, representing hotel developers in St Lucia
  • Advised an Urban Development Corporation in a Government Enquiry into construction procurement in Trinidad & Tobago
  • Represented successful Japanese developers in a lengthy ICC arbitration over a UK chemical processing plant
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