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Mason Hayes & Curran

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Philip Nolan

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Mason Hayes & Curran

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Philip is a partner, head of Mason Hayes & Curran's Commercial team and a member of our Management Committee. He also leads our Technology, Media and Communications team and the Privacy and Data Security team.

Philip’s market leading international practice supports some of the world’s most successful tech companies. As one of the leaders of the firm’s inward investment practice, Philip specialises in helping fast-growing companies to rapidly scale out of Ireland. Philip is client partner for a number of the firm’s key international clients.


Member, International Technology Law Association; Member of AIJA and former President of AIJA's Technology, Media and Intellectual Property Commission; Previous Member, Editorial Board of the Gazette of the Law Society of Ireland; Lecturer at Law Society of Ireland in data protection, technology and commercial law.


University College Dublin and DePaul College of Law, Chicago (BCL Int). University of Oxford (BCL Oxon).


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Mason Hayes & Curran counts blue-chip international corporates and Irish businesses such as Groupe Adéquat and the NTMA among its clients. Its sector specialisms include technology, energy and food and drink products: corporate head David O’Donnell acted for Blue Face on its merger with Star2Star; Justin McKenna advised the founder and CEO of Lily O'Brien's on its sale to Colian Holding; and Liam Brazil assisted NTR with the acquisition of the Aeolus wind farm project. Martin Kelleher, head of commercial Philip Nolan and Frank O’Flynn are also noted. Robert Dickson joined from Matheson.

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Information technology

Within: Leading individuals

Philip Nolan - Mason Hayes & Curran

Within: Information technology

Mason Hayes & Curran's practice is noted for its 'incomparable commercial acumen' and 'wealth of regulatory experience'. The team acts for a number of high-profile tech companies, as well as advising other organisations on various aspects of technology law. The 'incredibly attentive' Philip Nolan leads the practice; Robert McDonagh is 'excellent and very thorough'; and San Francisco-based Oisín Tobin is 'incontestably a leader in data protection'. Wendy Hederman is also recommended, as is senior associate John Farrell, who was a new arrival from William Fry.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

The team at Mason Hayes & Curran is noted for its 'excellent, practical, business-savvy advice': its lawyers 'understand the role of in-house counsel and try to stand in the client's shoes when providing advice'. As well as traditional media players, the team acts for leading "new media" entities. Philip Nolan leads the practice; Gerard Kelly advised Virgin Media on the rebranding of TV3 News, which was purchased by its parent company in 2015; and Robert McDonagh assisted RTÉ with the drafting and negotiation of contracts for the development of the next generation RTÉ Player. Richard Woulfe handles contentious matters.

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Within: Leading individuals

Philip Nolan - Mason Hayes & Curran

Within: Telecoms

Mason Hayes & Curran's 'experienced and well-rounded team' has a 'tremendous breadth of knowledge in telecoms matters'. It is particularly known for its work for the regulator; practice head Michael Madden, who 'ensures broad and well-balanced support is always at hand', is advising ComReg on its next big spectrum award involving the 700MHz band. In another highlight, Edel Hartog is advising the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment on the implementation of Ireland's National Broadband Plan. Frank Flanagan and the 'highly skilled' Philip Nolan are also recommended.

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