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Philip is a partner, head of the Commercial team and a member of the Management Committee at Mason Hayes & Curran LLP. He also leads the 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.

Philip solves complex global privacy problems for major technology multinationals. Philip and his team have been centrally involved in GDPR compliance projects and regulatory investigations for both its multinational and domestic clients. His team comprises some of the market’s most sophisticated lawyers in the fields of online sales, ad technology and advertising law, Fintech, internet litigation, international law enforcement, IP licensing, cloud computing, social media law and export control regulation. Philip’s team has been instructed on the majority of the cross-border inquiries being currently carried out the Irish Data Protection Commission, many of which are high profile.


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).

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Information technology

(Hall of Fame)

Philip NolanMason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP advises fast-growing companies in the tech sector on contractual negotiations with customers, including software licensing agreements. The practice also draws on its expertise in Irish regulatory law, particularly relating to data privacy and consumer protection, to advise clients on entry to the Irish market and the development of new products. In addition, the team assists clients outside the technology space, including public sector bodies, with the procurement of IT solutions. Philip Nolan leads the team, with Robert McDonagh noted for his work in data privacy and outsourcing. The team expanded significant at partner level in 2021, with James Fenelon joining from Bird & Bird LLP in January, and Dermot McGirr and Mark Fry joining in October from Pinsent Masons LLP and A&L Goodbody LLP, respectively.

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection

(Leading individuals)

Philip NolanMason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP stands out for its expertise in acting for clients facing inquiries by the Data Protection Commission, including those resulting from data breaches and alleged violations of the GDPR. The team acts for prominent multinationals in this area, and also provides clients with advice on new product launches and data processing agreements. Practice head Philip Nolan is frequently engaged in matters relating to EU regulations, including the implications of the CJEU’s judgement in the Schrems II case. Oisín Tobin, who was previously based in the firm’s San Francisco office, counts household names in the tech sector among his clients. Robert McDonagh and Jevan Neilen are highly active in this space, acting as lead privacy counsels to a range of clients, and senior associate Áine Quirke is also praised by clients.