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The Bench Boosts TMT Team with Salio De Sousa


The Bench is delighted to announce that TMT specialist Salio De Sousa has joined the firm. Salio is an ex-software engineer, and a city trained and qualified British lawyer with over 10 years of legal international experience and has a solid background in general corporate and commercial matters, technological areas in various sectors, such as 5G/Telecoms, IoT, SaaS, AI/ML, complex software licenses, design/deployment/operate complex power and IT systems, outsourcing and management services, data protection and privacy.


Salio commented “I’m thrilled to have joined Joby at The Bench, renowned for its exceptional TMT team and innovative legal services. With my extensive experience and skills in the legal and technology sectors, I am excited to complement The Bench philosophy and assist their clients in navigating the ever-evolving legal and technology landscape. As a TMT and general commercial lawyer, I can contribute a wealth of experience from private practice and in-house roles with leading tech companies. As an award-winning innovative legal services provider, The Bench offers a tailor-made approach, connecting the right lawyer for the work in hand, delivering cost-effective solutions to clients, all while embracing their flexible and client-centric approach. I'm thrilled to contribute to The Bench's reputation as a top-ranked firm in Legal 500 TMT UAE and assist clients across diverse sectors. Looking forward to helping the team navigate the dynamic legal landscape with agility and expertise.


Joby Beretta, Founder of The Bench, commented “Salio is not only an excellent TMT lawyer but also epitomises our 'Big Law Trained, New Law Mindset' approach to legal services and we are delighted that he has joined us". Salio started his career with the leading international law firm Baker McKenzie in London and then worked in-house with various tech companies including ARM, ADASI in Abu Dhabi, Dun & Bradstreet and most recently Mavenir in Dubai.


The Bench TMT team is consistently recognised as amongst the best in the UAE (including Leading Individual and Band 2 firm ranking for TMT in Legal 500 TMT UAE). Legal 500 2023 commented “A boutique law firm with a particular focus on the TMT sector, The Bench advises start-ups and major international companies, as well as providing TMT services to clients in non-TMT sectors such as hospitality, aviation and banking”.

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