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The Bench Expands Data Protection Services Offering


The Bench is delighted to announce that Muhanned Bukhatwa has joined the firm as a Senior Data Protection & Privacy Advisor. Muhanned joins from Swvl where he was the Global Data Protection Officer and prior to that he was a Senior Data Protection Consultant with PrivacyEngine based in Ireland. He brings with him an extensive global network of junior data protection advisors who are available for ad hoc advice, project work or secondments.

Joby Beretta, Founder of The Bench, commented “Data protection has always been one of our core offerings at The Bench however with Muhanned and team on board we can now offer our clients the next level of data protection services such as gap analysis assessments, data protection impact assessments, transfer impact assessments, training programmes, data protection policies & procedures, data protection road-maps and Data Protection Officer as a Service (DPOaaS). He will be working closely with our existing TMT team to offer this service to clients to enable them to keep up to date with the recent regional legislative changes.

Muhanned commented “We are witnessing unprecedented and accelerated regulatory changes and advancements in the data protection landscape across the globe. This region is no different. We are excited to work with The Bench's current and new clients to assist them in advancing their data protection programmes and drive a strong data protection culture within their organisation. Utilising state of the art privacy tools to demonstrate your compliance alongside our team’s expertise will accelerate your data protection programme and get you up and running in no time!

The Bench lawyers have advised some of the leading UAE companies on data protection and privacy matters over the last two decades and the firm's expertise in this area is recognised in all the leading legal directories. Legal 500, for example, commented “The Bench handles a range of work across the TMT space, covering AI, SaaS, radio spectrum, telecoms regulation..and led notable mandates, often concerning payments and data protection”.

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