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The Bench Promoted in Legal 500 2020 Rankings

Updated: Apr 19, 2020

The latest Legal 500 EMEA results are out and The Bench's Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) team has been promoted one tier and now proudly sits alongside Big Law players such as A&O, Bird & Bird and Simmons & Simmons. Joby Beretta also retained the accolade of 'Leading Individual' for TMT and The Bench retained its firm rankings for both Intellectual Property and Real Estate.

A massive thank you to all our clients and peers for your awesome feedback again this year! Comments and testimonials from Legal 500 2020 include:


Legal 500 Comment:

The Bench has an industry-focused approach and specialises in the TMT and hospitality sectors. As such, it is a popular choice for companies operating across the media, tech, telecoms, e-commerce and fintech sectors, with clients ranging from start-ups to major multinational corporates. Joby Beretta and Chris Appleby are key contacts; the team was also bolstered by the arrival of Gerard Hobby from Dubai Holding.


We liaise directly with Joby Beretta, and his knowledge of the immediate subject and industry peers helps us immensely.
‘Timeliness and knowledge.‘

Intellectual Property

Legal 500 Comment:

Boutique firm The Bench is 'responsive, knowledgeable and service orientated'. It focuses on the hospitality and TMT sectors and, within its work, advises on a broad range of IP matters relevant to its clients' operations. The team enhanced its IP offering with the hire of consultant Peter Hansen, who has 20 years of experience in this field; Hansen splits his time between the UAE and Australia.


‘The Bench is focused on providing specific and tailored support.‘
‘Responsive, knowledgeable, service-orientated and provide value for money.‘
‘Expert and flexible across many fields.‘
‘Joby Beretta is always willing to assist and you feel you are getting the service and quality of one of the blue chip legal outfits for a price a small company can afford.‘
‘Joby Beretta was available and responsive when matters arose or his input was required.‘

Real Estate

Legal 500 Comment:

A 'nimble practice providing top-quality services at reasonable prices', The Bench maintains a focus on the hospitality sector, where it acts for hotel owners, operators and developers. Joby Beretta draws on over 18 years' experience in-house and in private practice. The firm was bolstered by the arrival of Gerard Hobby from an in-house position at Dubai Holding.


‘The service that I received from The Bench was bespoke in relation to my needs. Everything that I required was delivered promptly and in advance of our agreed deadline.‘
‘A very prompt and high-quality service, precisely tailored to my requirements.‘
‘Nimble practice providing top-quality services at reasonable prices.‘
‘Joby Beretta stands out with his unique combination of legal expertise, commercial acumen and pleasant personality.‘
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