Biography

Tara Marlow is Head of our regional Real Estate, Hotels & Leisure practices.

Tara trained in the City of London, qualifying in 2000, and remained in private practice advising property developers, financial institutions, investors, landlords and tenants on all areas of commercial real estate and development, before joining Al Tamimi & Company in Dubai in 2004.  In 2006, Tara accepted the role of general counsel of the hotels division of a Dubai based hotel development and asset management company.  She established and managed a dedicated legal function, utilising her development experience whilst gaining in-depth knowledge of the hotel industry. Tara advised on the development, construction, operation and asset management of a hotel portfolio spread across the MENA region comprising approximately 3,500 operational rooms, together with a number of hotel projects at various stages of development.

Tara re-joined Al Tamimi & Company in December 2009 to establish our Hotels & Leisure practice, bringing her combined hotel industry and real estate development skills and experience.  She is regularly published in industry and legal journals and is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences throughout the region.  Tara is ranked by Chambers & Partners Global legal directory with Band 2 ranking, and as a Leader in her field.

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Recent Experience

  • Acquisitions and Disposals
  • Joint Ventures
  • Land Development
  • Sale and Leaseback
  • Project Structuring
  • Commercial & Retail Leasing
  • Property & Facility Management
  • Hotel renovation/redevelopment
  • Operator appointment, including negotiation of hotel management and ancillary agreements
  • Serviced/Branded apartments & rental pool structuring
  • Corporate Structuring
  • Hotel licensing
  • Pre-opening issues
  • Operational issues

Language(s)

  • English

Education

1999 – Post-Graduate Diploma Professional Skills, College of Law

1997 – Post-Graduate Diploma Legal Practice, College of Law

1996 – Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Anglia Ruskin University

Admission

2000 – Solicitor in England and Wales

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