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Kim Franklin QC

Call 1984 • QC 2016

"She has a deep knowledge of construction law and is a very skilled advocate."
(Chambers UK 2016)

Property Damage

Representing a family development company claiming loss of future development profits after the destruction of a development property by fire. Appeared with success in the TCC.

Acting for a national contractor successfully resisting a contribution claim arising from the fire damage to the Co-op’s headquarters building. Appeared with success in the TCC, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords.

Advising on complex limitation issues arising out of High Court claims for fire damage to a retail development in the South East.

Luxury Residential

Acting as Counsel for an international contractor in its arbitration claim against Dubai’s largest residential developer arising out of one of Dubai’s first foreign built residential tower blocks.

Deciding as Adjudicator for complex disruption claims under a contract for the refurbishment of an historic estate residence in Hampshire, UK.

Deciding as tribunal chair a Dubai Arbitration concerning concrete defects in a residential complex in Dubai.

Deciding as Adjudicator claims by interior designers and contractors arising out the refurbishment of luxury London residences.

Deciding as Adjudicator for extension of time claims under a contract for the construction of a double level basement excavation extension for a prestigious residential property in Notting Hill, London.

Advised developers of two high specification residential properties in London’s Avenue Road in connection with party wall disputes arising from the construction of multi level subterranean basements.

Advised architects designing luxury town house developments in Chelsea, London and successfully resisted the developer’s adjudication claims.

Represented specialist fit out contractors in their high profile claims for the refurbishment of a luxury family residence in London’s Notting Hill for a high net-worth owners.


Advising superyacht project rescue consultants on issues arising out of the construction of two 100m private yacht projects. Speaker at the Superyacht Design Symposium at Palm Beach, Florida US 2011.

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  • Chartered Arbitrator (2000)
  • Accredited Adjudicator (1998)
  • FCIArb (1997)
  • LLB, University of Warwick (1983)


  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Former PCC Chair)
  • Society of Construction Arbitrators (First Woman Member)
  • Society of Construction Law (Former Council Member)
  • Technology & Construction Courts Barristers Association (Former Committee Member)
  • Worshipful Company of Arbitrators (Liveryman)


“She is very practical, good with clients, and writes extremely clearly and immediately.” “She is very well organised and very good at keeping the parties to the mark.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“An excellent new silk”

Legal 500 2017

“Terrific with clients.”

Chambers & Partners 2017

“A skilled advocate with a pragmatic approach.”

Legal 500 2017

“She has a deep knowledge of construction law.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“A true construction expert, especially good on international cases.”

Legal 500 2015

“She has a good , firm hand on the tiller and is very good at steering a case.” “She shows a great deal of energy and endless patience.” “She gets the job done and puts her back into it..”

Chambers & Partners 2015

“extremely talented” with “formidable attention to detail and enormous experience.”

Chambers & Partners 2014

“very thorough and brings sense to document-heavy cases without any fuss”

Legal 500 2010

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