Robert Swade joined the Jumeirah Group in October 2005 as General Counsel. He was promoted to Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel in July 2007 and in December 2012 to the position of Chief Legal & Development Officer.
Robert is responsible for the Group’s strategic expansion plan and for securing new hotel opportunities and overseeing and managing the Group’s development, design and technical services process. In addition he provides legal advice and guidance to the Board of Directors and to the senior management of the Jumeirah Group. In particular, Robert has extensive experience of advising in relation to the development, management and operation of hotels.
After qualifying as a solicitor at a City of London law firm, Robert moved to Dubai to work for an international law firm. After four years, Robert moved in-house, initially to a Middle East telecommunications company as Director of Legal Affairs and then in October 2005 to the Jumeirah Group. Before qualifying as a solicitor, Robert was a researcher at the House of Commons and worked for a Government Minister.
Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in English and European Law and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.