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The Bench Appoints New Head of Hotels & Leisure Team


The Bench today welcomes Aston Benjamin-Taylor to head-up the growing Hotels & Leisure team.   


Aston has over 12 years' experience gained initially in the UK in some of the leading sports and media law firms (Olswang and Lewis Silkin) before moving to Dubai in 2013.  He was subsequently Senior Legal Counsel at Jumeirah Group for over 5 years, where we worked on a wide range of hotel development, operations, engineering and general commercial projects.  Prior to joining The Bench Aston was a Principal & Head of Lifestyle Practice at The Support Legal Group in Dubai.   His main areas of specialism include hospitality, corporate, commercial, IP and media.   


Aston commented “I am delighted to have joined The Bench, particularly given its track record of providing best in class legal services in a no fuss and innovative way. I am also excited at the prospect of helping to grow the Hotels & Leisure team, which already has a fantastic reputation in the Middle East. We will continue to provide top quality advice to clients in the hotel, hospitality, F&B, leisure, entertainment and wellness sectors.


Joby Beretta, Founder of The Bench commented “Aston’s skill-set aligns perfectly with our core strengths in hospitality, F&B, media & entertainment and we are delighted he has agreed to head-up our growing Hotels & Leisure team.  He will be working closely with our experts in construction, general real estate and banking to provide a full service to our clients.


The Bench lawyers are consistently recognised as amongst the leading real estate and hospitality lawyers in the United Arab Emirates.   Legal 500 (Real Estate UAE) noted that the Bench comprises a “nimble practice providing top-quality services at reasonable prices and “maintains a focus on the hospitality sector”.   The Bench is also currently shortlisted for Real Estate Team of the Year at the upcoming Legal Week Middle East Legal Awards 2020 to be held in Dubai in November.        

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