The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Philip Lee

7-8 WILTON TERRACE, DUBLIN 2, IRELAND
Tel:
Work +353 1 237 3700
Fax:
Fax +353 1 678 7794
Email:
Web:
www.philiplee.ie
Brussels, Dublin

Ireland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Philip Lee

Project finance is a particular strength at Philip Lee, with Jonathan Kelly and Simon O’Neill advising Bank of Ireland on the financing of two wind farms. The team’s expertise extends to general lending and media finance.

[back to top]

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Philip Lee

Sectoral knowledge and coverage is strong’ at Philip Lee, where practice head Andreas McConnell has ‘real commercial acumen’, start-up specialist Eoghan Doyle is ‘very capable’ and consultant Ita O’Sullivan is ‘practical and on top of things’. Jonathan Kelly advised HGGC on the acquisition of a majority stake in Davies Group.

Next generation lawyers

Eoghan Doyle - Philip Lee

[back to top]

Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Philip Lee

Philip Lee is highly active on public sector work with non-contentious specialist Kerri Crossen acting for Wicklow County Council on the development of a shopping centre in Bray. The team has also increased its share of private sector mandates for clients such as McGarrell Reilly. Contentious head Damien Young and Clare Cashin are additional contacts.

Next generation lawyers

Clare Cashin - Philip Lee

[back to top]

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Philip Lee

Philip Lee provides ‘well-prepared and to the point’ advice and in one highlight practice head Damien Young acted for the Data Protection Commissioner in proceedings against Maximilian Schrems and Facebook Ireland relating to the validity of standard contractual clauses as a method of transfer of personal data to the USA. Anne Bateman is ‘excellent for contentious patent matters’, and Rachel Minch is recommended for statutory appeals litigation. Ann Henry joined Pinsent Masons LLP in 2018.

[back to top]

EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Philip Lee

Philip Lee is probably best known for its state aid expertise, with name partner Philip Lee able to provide ‘innovative solutions to problems’. The team was bolstered by the hire of new department head Ronan Dunne, who joined from McCann FitzGerald. The ‘professional and extremely affable’ Dunne and Lee provided ongoing state aid advice to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland concerning finance granted to projects in the energy sector.

Leading individuals

Philip Lee - Philip Lee

Next generation lawyers

Ronan Dunne - Philip Lee

[back to top]

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Philip Lee

Philip Lee provides ‘timely and astute advice’ on a number of significant public sector mandates. Practice head Patrick Walsheachieves commercial solutions’.

[back to top]

Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Philip Lee

At Philip Lee, practice head Alice Whittaker assists ScottishPower Renewables with its portfolio of operational wind farms in Ireland. Jonathan Kelly advised AIB on the financing of Greencoat Capital’s acquisition of a portfolio of Irish wind farms from Brookfield Renewables.

[back to top]

Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 3

Philip Lee

Philip Lee’s team is led by Anne Bateman, who recently advised the Health Service Executive (HSE) on its procurement of a major financial ICT system from SAP.

[back to top]

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Philip Lee

Philip Lee’s team is handling a number of trade mark cases including representing Flogas against Calor Gas in a trade mark infringement and passing off dispute. Anne Bateman is ‘excellent for contentious patent matters’. Ann Henry joined Pinsent Masons LLP in 2018.

[back to top]

Media and advertising
Media and advertising - ranked: tier 1

Philip Lee

Philip Lee is ‘a leading law firm in the area of film and television’, and the practice handles a strong caseload of production and financing work. Practice head Brian Gormley, who has ‘a good understanding of both Irish and foreign film and television’, acted for Jam Media on closing the financing for Becca’s Bunch. The other key figure is Jonathan Kelly, who together with Jessica Gorman, advised Element Pictures on the production and financing of The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

Leading individuals

Brian Gormley - Philip Lee

Jonathan Kelly - Philip Lee

[back to top]

Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

Philip Lee

Industry leaderPhilip Lee is highly active for the firm’s strong public sector client base, including the ‘exceptionalRachel Minch and Alice Whittaker handling over 50 judicial reviews for the Irish Planning Board. The team also advises the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information on the release of information. Whittaker’s ‘excellent knowledge of EU planning law’ was in evidence for Saorgus Energy, which she assisted with the consenting processes for the Dublin Array offshore wind farm.

Leading individuals

Alice Whittaker - Philip Lee

Rachel Minch - Philip Lee

[back to top]

Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 2

Philip Lee

Philip Lee provides ‘prompt and thorough advice’ to a number of public sector clients including the National Development Finance Agency and the Health Service Executive (HSE). Jonathan Kelly, who has the ‘excellent ability to negotiate practical agreements on complex issues’, is advising Dublin City Council and the National Development Finance Agency on the refinancing of the Dublin waste energy PPP. Kerri Crossen heads the team.

[back to top]

Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 2

Philip Lee

Philip Lee is highly active for clients such as the HSE and the Irish Planning Board in areas such as state aid, planning and environment and construction. Damien Young acted for the Data Protection Commissioner in the data transfer case against Facebook Ireland. Ann Henry joined Pinsent Masons LLP in 2018.

[back to top]

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Philip Lee

At Philip Lee, the ‘very knowledgeable and commercially savvyJohn O’Donoghue was active on a number of remits in the media sector, including advising Element Pictures on the acquisition of the Solas Picture Palace in Galway. In the development space, the team is acting for the Port of Cork on the redevelopment of its port at Ringaskiddy.

[back to top]

Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Philip Lee

At Philip Lee, dual-qualified (UK/Ireland) practitioner Gavin McGuire advises on cross-border tax issues, revenue disputes, and capital tax planning. McGuire acted for Midland Tyres on the tax aspects of its pre-sale group restructuring.

[back to top]


Legal Developments in Ireland

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • LANDWELL Bulletin: Managing in a Downturn

    As we are all well aware this is the most turbulent climate for business both nationally and internationally, that any of us have experienced. We have therefore focused this bulletin on areas where we believe we can help you take decisive steps to manage the issues that are required to get through the downturn and be properly prepared for the future.
  • The Companies (Amendment) Act 2009

    The Companies (Amendment) Act, 2009 (the “Act”) was signed into law on 12 July 2009. The Act provides for signifi cant changes to company law compliance and enforcement. It gives increased powers of search and seizure to the Offi ce of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (“ODCE”) and expands disclosure obligations with regard to transactions between a company and its directors (including specifi c changes for licensed banks). The Act also relaxes the requirement that at least one director of an Irish company must be resident in the State.
  • New Rules for Acquiring Transactions in the Financial Sector

    In line with EU-mandated requirements, Ireland has introduced new rules governing acquisitions, in whole or in part, of certain regulated financial institutions.
  • Irish Merger Control: Review of Key Developments in 2008

    A 47% Year-on-Year Drop in the Number of Deals Notified: Reflecting the global decline in merger activity, the number of deals notified to the Competition Authority fell to 38 in 2008, a 47% decrease from 2007, when 72 deals were notified, and a more than 60% decrease from the 2006 peak of 98 notified deals.
  • European Communities (Takeover Bids (Directive 2004/25/EC)) Regulations 2006

    The EU Takeovers Directive (2004/25/EC) (the “Takeovers Directive”) has been transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Takeover Bids (Directive 2004/25/EC)) Regulations, 2006 (S. I. No. 255 of 2006) (the “Takeovers Regulations”). The stated aim of the Takeovers Directive is to strengthen the Single Market in financial services by facilitating cross-border restructuring and enhancing minority shareholder protection. Many of the provisions of the Directive are already contained in the existing Irish regime for the supervision of takeovers set out in the Irish Takeover Panel Act, 1997 (the “Act”), the Takeover Rules, 2001 (the “Rules”) and the Companies Acts 1963 – 2005, which will continue to apply. The Takeovers Regulations cater for those areas not already dealt with in the existing regime or areas of the regime that needed to be adjusted as a result of the requirements of the Takeovers Directive.
  • Establishing a Retail Fund in Ireland for sale in Japan Fund Structures and Features

    The issuing of securities of offshore funds for public sale into Japan is governed by a combination of the Securities and Exchange Law of Japan (the "SEL") which is enforced by the Japanese Ministry of Finance ("MOF"), the Law Concerning Investment Trust and Investment Company of Japan (the "Investment Funds Law") which is enforced by the Financial Services Agency of Japan ("FSA").Establishing a Retail Fund in Ireland for sale in Japan Fund Structures and Features
  • Equality before the Law

    Employment Equality legislation in Ireland is to be found in the Employment Equality Act 1998 as amended by the Equality Act 2004. This legislation is extremely detailed but in effect makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against a person on the basis of gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, and membership of the traveller community. These are referred to as the “discriminatory grounds”.
  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Ireland

    The enforcement of judgments between the EU member states is regulated by the Brussels I Regulation (44/2001, OJL 12/1, 16 January 2001) (“the Regulation”). On the 22nd December 2000, the European Council agreed the Regulation to replace the Brussels Convention on Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgments 1968 (“the Brussels Convention”). The purpose of the Regulation was to bring the law contained in the Brussels Convention into the main body of EC Law. The Regulation was implemented in Ireland by Statutory Instrument 52 of 2002, European Communities (Civil and Commercial Judgments) Regulations 2002, which came into force on the 1st March 2002.
  • E-Discovery

    Unlike the United States, which is leading the way in relation to e-discovery and where the disclosure of electronic data has become standard procedure, as of yet there is no standard protocol or practice direction issued in relation to e-discovery in Ireland. Despite this fact, Irish lawyers are beginning to appreciate the invaluable nature of electronic data which can be retrieved and used in commercial litigation.
  • Disclosure Requirements with respect to Company Particulars

    Directive 2003/58/EC amending Directive 68/151/EEC (the “First Disclosure Directive”) became effective on 1st April, 2007 having been transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Companies) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 49 of 2007) (the “Regulations”).