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The Bench's Flexibility Recognised in Legal 500 2022 Results


Since 1991, Legal 500 has been providing readers with an annually updated, impartial, third-party opinion on the leading law firms and lawyers in countries across the region. The EMEA guide provides researched coverage of over 80 countries and over 2,700 ranked law firms. The latest version, the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2022 edition, was published today.


The rankings each year are based on the complexity of relevant projects worked on in the last 12 months, independent research and feedback from clients. One of our favourite client testimonials this year is: '‘The thing I enjoy most about dealing with The Bench is the versatile approach and the flexible way they go about their business, you feel like you are in a partnership with the team. It’s like having the understanding and support of an in-house team but with the convenience of a consultancy set up.’'.


The Bench retained all of its four individual and firm rankings again in 2022 including:

  • 'Leading Individual' for TMT (one of only 5 in the UAE);

  • Band 2 firm ranking for TMT (alongside A&O, Bird & Bird, Clydes and Simmons);

  • Band 3 firm ranking for Real Estate (alongside A&O, Charles Russell, Clifford Chance, CMS, Dentons, Norton Rose and White & Case); and

  • Band 3 firm ranking for Intellectual Property (alongside BSA, Charles Russell, Eversheds and Simmons).

A massive thank you to all our clients and peers for your kind words again this year! Comments and testimonials from Legal 500 2022 include:


TMT


Legal 500 Comment:


The Bench has extensive TMT experience with considerable expertise in the fintech and e-commerce space. The practice also has strong in-house experience. Founding partner Joby Beretta has a strong TMT background in both private and in-house work. Chris Appleby is also noted and has a standout IT practice with expertise in large-scale systems integration, outsourcing and government procurement. Other key names to mention include Ahmed Thabet, Jouhayna Amr and Kelly Tymburski.


Testimonials:

  • ‘Flexibility in accommodating ad hoc work.

  • ‘Provide sound legal work at competitive prices and innovative billing models.’

  • ‘The Bench is unique in that they provide accurate advice at a competitive rate while maintaining a high level of industry and market awareness.’


Intellectual Property


Legal 500 Comment:


The Bench is a boutique law firm that handles intellectual property infringement, franchising, hotel licence agreements, sponsorship agreements and M&A transactions for its predominantly TMT and hospitality-focused client base. Joby Beretta heads the practice.


Testimonials:

  • ‘The team are great, the real selling point of using The Bench.’

  • ‘If you find law intimidating to get your head around, this team makes everything easy.’

  • ‘There are no egos, you can say you don’t understand and they will explain in the right way so you understand completely.’


Real Estate


Legal 500 Comment:


The Bench is a boutique firm with a core focus on the TMT and hospitality sectors. Joby Beretta provides 'excellent support' and advises on commercial leases, mixed-use hotel developments and real estate financing. Hameed Almihdar specialises in real estate and construction disputes. Elise Gillians is also noted.


Testimonials:

  • ‘The thing I enjoy most about dealing with The Bench is the versatile approach and the flexible way they go about their business, you feel like you are in a partnership with the team. It’s like having the understanding and support of an in-house team but with the convenience of a consultancy set up.’

  • ‘I deal primarily with Joby and he is always available, provides excellent support and advice and provides me with the right level of detail and advice to help me understand what we are dealing with.’

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