Philip Lee LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Firm Profile

Philip Lee LLP
Connaught House
One Burlington Road
Dublin 4
D04 C5Y6

Ireland > Media and entertainment Tier 1

Philip Lee is highly active in the film and TV space, acting for a broad client base including prominent studios, production and animation companies, and representative bodies. In addition to advising on productions, it is also engaged to handle their financing, acting on both the lender and borrower sides of transactions. The practice has also seen an increase in instructions by clients from Ireland’s growing VFX industry. Brian Gormley and Jonathan Kelly are the key partners in the team, with senior associate Jessica Gorman another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Brian Gormley; Jonathan Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Gorman; Aoife McBennett


‘The team stand out for their knowledge and availability. The individuals within the team are very approachable and understanding of the matters at hand. I have never had a bad experience or felt an issue wasn’t being dealt with. Brian Gormley and Aoife McBennett are standout members of the department. Both Brian and Aoife bring a calmness and trust to the production. You know you’re in good hands.’

‘Philip Lee’s knowledge and experience of the Irish film and television sector is unrivalled.’

‘Brian Gormley’s industry knowledge is exceptional and his attention to detail on each matter from minor to more complex is excellent. He communicates clearly and is a fantastic problem solver.’

‘Specialist knowledge across the film and TV team. In particular, Jonathan Kelly is very experienced in all aspects of media finance and takes a practical and commercial approach to problem solving.’

‘Market leaders in film and TV finance with the ability to advise and service Hollywood-based studios, streamers and TV companies. Expert knowledge and deep experience with a commercial approach.’

‘From senior partner down to associate their advice always comes from a place of experience and you can take comfort from the fact that they are so heavily involved in the industry. Jonathan Kelly and Brian Gormley are industry-leading lawyers. Jessica Gorman and Aoife McBennett are highly experienced and reliable.’

‘My experience of Philip Lee has been consistent over many years: first-class legal work underpinned by sound commercial instincts. I am not aware of any other law firm in Ireland that comes close to serving the needs of film and television producers and distributors.’

‘In my career spanning 40 years, Jonathan Kelly is the most outstanding media lawyer I have come across anywhere in Europe or North America: able, immensely knowledgeable and quick to react – great work always delivered calmly and courteously. He and Brian Gormley currently head up an excellent team of emerging third-generation talent.’

Key clients

Screen Scene


Wild Atlantic






Sixty-Six Pictures

Comerica Bank


Parallel Films

Work highlights

  • Advising Screen Scene on contractual arrangements with studios as well as on Section 481 tax credits.
  • Engaged by Disney and its affiliate Fox in relation to two major motion pictures which filmed in Ireland over the past 12 months, “The Last Duel” and “Disenchanted”.
  • Advising Wild Atlantic Pictures on various major productions including feature films and television programmes.

Ireland > Planning and environment Tier 1

Philip Lee stands out in the market for its work representing An Bord Pleanála in judicial review proceedings, including appearing before the High Court, Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the European Union. The team also acts for other public bodies in planning and environmental matters; for example, it is currently advising the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on conducting a review of the forestry licensing system. Elsewhere, the practice acts alongside the firm’s projects and construction team to advise on project development, with a focus on the renewable energy sector. Alice Whittaker and Rachel Minch SC jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Alice Whittaker; Rachel Minch SC


‘Rachel Minch not only has professional knowledge in her specific field but will also always offer solutions in other disciplines.’

‘The firm has excellent experience in this area.’

‘Alice Whittaker would be my go-to person for wind project planning work – her experience in this area means that she can advise not only on the legal aspects, but also on the wording nuances that will help an application to succeed. I have absolute confidence in Alice’s advice, and find her to be responsive and proactive and her work to be transparently and fairly priced.’

‘Philip Lee have been keeping me informed with what is going on with the case behind the scenes and have involved me with all the correspondence going back and forth. They have arranged meetings with experts on the subject for us to discuss how to move forward and been open and friendly.’

‘A very strong, specialised team, providing clear, practical advice.’

‘Alice Whittaker is an expert in her field. Very knowledgeable, efficient and responsive.’

‘Philip Lee have a comprehensive understanding of planning and environmental law. They effectively inform our risk management processes as a trusted adviser.’

‘Alice Whittaker has a comprehensive understanding of planning and environmental law.’

Key clients

An Bord Pleanála

Aqua Comms

RWE Renewables Ireland Limited

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

ScottishPower Renewables/Iberdrola

Mainstream Renewable Power

Commissioner for Environmental Information

Emerging Markets Power (EM Power)

Department of Agriculture Food and Marine

The Marine Institute No Commissioners for Irish Lights

Microsoft Corporation

Colas Group

Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board

Temporis Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead legal advisers to An Bord Pleanála, the Irish Planning Appeals Board, representing the board in over 200 planning judicial review cases and handling related advisory work.
  • Representing the Commissioner for Environmental Information in landmark cases concerning the operation of the access to environmental information regime, including hearings before the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • Engaged by RWE Renewables Ireland to advise on all aspects of the Dublin Array offshore wind project, which has the potential for 1GW of renewable energy.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Philip Lee LLP has a highly developed corporate and M&A practice with a range of senior practitioners in the partnership. From headline M&A to AIM listings, the firm has built an impressive domestic and international client base. Renewables, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and technology are key sectors for the team. The firm has complementary expertise in data protection, blockchain, pharmaceuticals regulation and environmental planning, to support transactions in these areas. John Given has substantial business and legal experience, having previously been a senior corporate lawyer at A&L Goodbody LLP. Andreas McConnell and Bernard McEvoy are also  experienced figures in M&A and other corporate transactions. Since publication, George Kennedy joined the team.

Practice head(s):

Andreas McConnell; John Given; Bernard McEvoy

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Kelly; Ita O’Sullivan; Eoghan Doyle; Eoin Brereton; Inez Cullen; Anna Hickey; George Kennedy


‘The people are extremely grounded and pleasant to work with. I feel confident that I am receiving the best counsel from people who understand the business and where it intends to move towards.’

‘The individuals provide excellent pragmatic advice and think creatively to support business challenges from a legal standpoint.’

‘The people are what sets Philip Lee apart from other legal firms, particularly the level of partner availability, engagement and input at all stages of a transaction.’

‘The Philip Lee firm appears to be an expanding firm with significant areas of expertise however it has retained its personal focus and reacts very well to our needs and requirements.’

‘Eoghan Doyle is hugely proactive in pursuing our interests, always delivers on time and is one of the most commercially minded lawyers that we have worked with.’

‘Our primary contact is Eoghan Doyle. He is very much the point person for us in the firm. The accessibility of Eoghan at all stages of our recent transactions was very important to our team. He understands us very well and is the voice of reason when matters are sometimes quite difficult.’

‘I have nothing but the highest respect for my main points of contact in Philip Lee. Eoin Brereton – advice, service and attention to detail on a wide range of areas has been very invaluable to me and my organisation.’

Key clients

Mainstream Renewable Power

EQTEC plc, Petrel Resources plc, Arkle Resources plc

Finch Capital

Power Capital


Cantor Fitzgerald


EnBiotix Inc

Celleron Therapeutics

Alpha e-Learning

Maker & Son


Work highlights

  • Advised Mainstream Renewable Power on the sale of a majority equity stake in the company to Norway-based renewable energy investment company, Aker Horizons, in a €1bn deal.
  • Advised Digital 9 Infrastructure plc on the Irish law aspects of the acquisition of all of the shares in Aqua Comms DAC and on the IPO on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Novellus Therapeutics on its acquisition by Brooklyn ImmunoTherapeutics.

Ireland > Construction Tier 2

Philip Lee is experienced in advising on the construction of projects across sectors including energy, education, residential property and healthcare, with expertise in non-contentious construction matters as well as disputes. The practice assists developers and contractors with the drafting and negotiation of contracts; it also advises public bodies on the procurement process for developments, with Kerri Crossen focusing on this area. The team is jointly led by Angelyn Rowan, who specialises in non-contentious work, and Clare Cashin, who is adept at handling construction adjudications and mediations. Hugh Cummins is praised by clients for his commercial advice, advising clients on the drafting of construction documentation.

Practice head(s):

Angelyn Rowan; Clare Cashin

Other key lawyers:


‘Kerri Crossen is very invested in her clients and as such provides a highly personalised service designed to fully meet her client’s needs. Kerri has significant knowledge and expertise and is aware of developments in the construction sector that may need to be factored into the advice provided. She brought a common-sense approach to her advice, which was particularly invaluable during a time when the rule book was changing due to operating in a pandemic. She is responsive and always available, providing thoughtful, well-considered advice that she is sure her clients understand the implications of.’

‘There is direct contact with the principles of the practice at all times, and they manage relationships very well. On top of that they are able to react to situations as they evolve. They have a strength and depth in their partners and the expert services they can provide to react to any given situation that is second to none.’

‘Very competent, each lawyer has their own unique area of expertise and the practice allocates the partners depending on the detail of any given situation, sometimes even allocating two or more different partners to various aspects of the same case if that is the best way of achieving a result.’

‘Hugh Cummins is an excellent lawyer who provides a great service. He has huge knowledge and commercial pragmatism and will spare no effort to get the right solution.’

‘Angelyn Rowan is highly knowledgeable and provides top-class strategic advice on complex construction matters.’

‘Angelyn Rowan is a very capable practitioner.’

‘The firm provides full contentious and non-contentious legal services delivered by a diverse team. When faced with multiple complex legal arguments on a major dispute, the firm was able to mobilise a team of experienced lawyers at short notice to prepare and successfully present rebuttals.’

‘In addition to being competent and confident lawyers, the individuals were approachable and personable and provided us with confidence.’

Key clients

Health Service Executive

Scottish Renewables

JJ Rhatigan

Ronan Group Real Estate


KC Capital Property Group

McGarrell Reilly

Kimpton Vale

First Step Homes

Bank of Ireland

O’Flynn Construction


Sisk Group

Trinity College

National University Ireland – Galway

National Treasury Management Agency

Dublin City Council

South Dublin County Council

Port of Cork

Kilkenny County Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Ronan Group Real Estate on the construction law aspects of some of the largest private sector developments in Ireland in recent years.
  • Advising Trinity College Dublin on high-value construction claims advanced by a contractor doing significant building works for the university’s Printing House Square.
  • Advising McGarrell Reilly on all the construction aspects of a site at Charlemont Street, Dublin, which comprises a significant commercial development along with a retail and social housing element.

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Philip Lee is active in the data protection space, where it is particularly known for its work on behalf of the Data Protection Commission. The team also advises clients on responding to data breaches. Damien Young, Sean McElligott and Anne Bateman are the key partners to note in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sean McElligott

Other key lawyers:


‘Phillip Lee is easy to recommend. They very quickly understood the complicated relationship that exists between our company and our parent company and clearly understood what needed to be done to ensure that we are GDPR compliant. They were very responsive to our requirements in a particularly unambiguous way that is easily understood.’

‘The values that Philip Lee bring to data protection matters are providing the explanation behind the advice (i.e. what are the rules, guidance and regulations that have shaped the advice), providing the advice in a clearly understandable manner, particularly for the non-legally trained recipient, and being practical and pragmatic and advising that “this is what we would do if we were in your shoes”, while being reflective of the identified risks.’

Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Philip Lee LLP  is widely recognised for its public sector expertise and its experience in procurement disputes. Healthcare and life sciences are growing areas for the team, in part thanks to the presence of Marie Kinsella. Data protection and privacy cases are another strength of the firm. Damien Young is noted for public law and administrative cases, along with data protection disputes.

Practice head(s):

Damien Young


‘The appointment of a dedicated partner to the dispute in question, with a separate senior partner on hand to offer guidance, and to review/second guess the legal strategies being developed. Like most other practices, Philip Lee has made good use of virtual meetings using technologies such as Zoom conferencing.’

‘The partner I am working with has experience of working in at least two quite different regulatory environments, which adds a breath of perspective that is helpful and reassuring.’

‘The team provide full support and huge attention to detail. They guide you through the practice and advise you of all options available.’

‘Confident, clear, supportive and makes a difficult process easy to navigate.’

‘Philip Lee are very client focused and when you engage Philip Lee you get a team approach rather than an individual however it is partner led and the partners are fully engaged with the client. Philip Lee invest in their clients and demonstrate this through their understanding of not just the clients’ legal issues but the clients’ business which in turn means they understand the particular objectives and sensitivities that prevail. In terms of providing value for money Philip Lee are always mindful of client costs, are transparent and ensure the client is fully aware of where costs sit at all times.’

‘Clare Cashin – Clare is insightful and reviews issues with a view to providing clients with a clear strategy and plan for dealing with a dispute. Clare has a wealth of knowledge and experience of dispute law and procedures and is very skillful in guiding clients through difficult disputes which can be very pressurised and stressful. Clare leads her own team ensuring they are meaningfully involved so the client has the benefit of a full team delivering its requirements.’

‘Angelyn Rowan – Angelyn is very knowledgeable and experienced in terms of both the project and procurement sectors, she has a detailed understanding of this area of law and practice and therefore provides clear advice that takes into account the full impact of an issue rather than simply the limited scope of what she might be asked to consider. Angelyn has been invaluable in providing services to us in both the contentious and non-contentious areas.’

Key clients

Data Protection Commission

Health Service Executive

Transdev Ireland

Office of the Information Commissioner and the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information

An Bord Pleanála (Irish Planning Board)

Dublin City Council

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole legal adviser to the Irish Data Protection Commission.
  • Representing the HSE in the majority of its commercial and healthcare disputes.
  • Providing judicial review defence litigation services to An Bord Pleanala.

Ireland > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Philip Lee counts project developers, utilities and public bodies among its clients, advising on a range of matters in the energy space. The team is engaged to advise on the full lifecycle of energy projects, from financing, planning and construction through to power purchase agreements and M&A transactions involving project assets. The practice is adept at handling matters relating to the offshore and onshore wind, solar and battery storage sectors, as well as conventional energy projects such as waste-to-energy and district heating. Siobhan McCabe leads the team and works closely with planning specialist Alice Whittaker. Eoghan Doyle is frequently instructed on corporate transactions in this area, and Hugh Cummins advises on contractual matters related to construction and energy supply.

Practice head(s):

Siobhan McCabe


‘Siobhan McCabe presents extensive knowledge of the energy market, provides great guidance and service, and is very responsive and accessible. Very good communication skills combined with great legal skills.’

‘The team is dynamic in that it quickly understands the client’s issues in a legal and commercial context. It tailors its advice accordingly and ensures a consistent approach is taken from the outset. The team is nimble and always able to call in specialist advisers when needed in complex matters. The diversity and collaboration evident in the team sets the bar for others to follow.’

‘Siobhan McCabe has grown this team year on year. A well-known name in the market, she attracts talent and blue-chip clients. Leading from the top, she affords all her clients her attention throughout a transaction. The entire team are standout.’

‘I always use Siobhan McCabe as my legal adviser for all renewable work. Siobhan is the best I’ve come across in 30 years of renewable energy work. Siobhan also has the most in-depth knowledge of the new community renewable model.’

‘They have a deep history in the renewables sector. Their work with community-scale projects really distinguishes them in the market.’

‘Siobhan McCabe in particular manifests applied expertise and a client-centric approach. Siobhan is solution oriented and I trust that she has our interests at heart in representing us. She is also a skilled communicator, adept at engaging wider variety of stakeholders.’

‘Phillip Lee have built a strong energy team. Their planning and environmental expertise supports and supplements their energy team, which is invaluable to clients as they seek to deliver new renewable projects.’

‘Siobhan McCabe has expertise and experience across both thermal and renewable projects, and therefore brings greater insights and solutions to dealing with issues across the table. She has a great reputation in the solar and battery storage sector. She has great sectoral knowledge and a sophisticated pragmatism that helps get the deal done.’

Key clients

RWE Renewables

Amber Energy

Power Capital


Bank of Ireland

Davidstown Renewables

World Fuel Services

IQ Solar

Electric Skyline


Exemplar Energy


Sustainable Development Capital

Lidon Limited

Cantor Fitzgerald

Tullynamoyle Wind Farm 3 Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Irish-headquartered renewable energy company Mainstream Renewable Power on the sale of a 75% equity stake in the company to Norway-based renewable energy investment company Aker Horizons.
  • Advising RWE Renewables on the proposed development of the 600MW Dublin Array offshore wind farm project.
  • Advised Irish solar photovoltaic developer Power Capital Renewable Energy on its acquisition of a majority stake in 400MW of projects under development by Irish firm Terra Solar.

Ireland > EU and competition Tier 2

Philip Lee has an impressive mix of competition, state aid and procurement engagements. It has led the market in public sector procurement for decades and continues to advise a range of public sector entities along with big-name domestic and international corporates. In recent years, the team has experienced considerable growth in state aid work, advising a number of state entities. With the growth of the firm's corporate team, it has also achieved higher levels of activity in merger control instructions. Ronan Dunne is a recognised EU and competition specialist, while Philip Lee is a leader in procurement matters with additional support from senior name Kerri Crossen.

Practice head(s):

Ronan Dunne; Kerri Crossen

Other key lawyers:


‘The team at Philip Lee have been exceptional while guiding us through some difficult situations in our industry as it was not clearly regulated so we needed the expertise of Philip Lee’s legal and legislative team in order to help us navigate our own industry. We simply could not praise them enough for their attention to detail and even an out of hours service was made available to us when needed. We really did feel that Philip Lee went the extra mile while advising us in a very tricky regulatory industry that we are in and felt supported by them during this time.’

‘Philip Lee is different to other legal firms that we have dealt with in the past as previously mentioned the attention to detail and extra backup services where 2nd to none. The people who really stood out to us was Philip himself who originally attended the meetings and then Ronan Dunne who was the main lead for all regulatory issues. We have always recommended Philip Lee as a legal service to anybody in the industry and will continue to do so because of the professionalism of this firm.’

‘Strong knowledgeable team, detailed and considered responses and advise, very proactive and responsive.’

‘Angelyn Rowan, experienced and knowledgeable. Very proactive and response on matters’

Key clients

Health Service Executive

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Roche Pharmaceuticals

Volkswagen Group Ireland Limited

Randridge Group

Celtic Wind

PEI Surgical


Tourism Ireland

Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

Lucozade Suntory Ribena

Life Style Sports

Corrib Oil

Stafford Fuels

Audio Technica Corporation

Industrial Development Authority


Work highlights

  • Provide regular and ongoing state aid advice to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to ensure that a wide range of projects in the energy sector remain within the scope of state aid rules.
  • Advising the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications on the state aid aspects of the Just Transition Fund, particularly in respect to the 11 GBER articles.
  • Advising the Health Service Executive on an ongoing basis in relation to a wide range of competition, procurement and regulatory related matters.

Ireland > Projects and PPP Tier 2

Philip Lee is highly active in the PPP space, advising public bodies on the tendering for these projects as well as assisting developers in their bids, and is also expanding beyond this area to assist developers with the drafting and negotiation of construction documents for healthcare, residential and energy projects. Kerri Crossen and Jonathan Kelly jointly lead the team and have decades of experience in this sector, with Kelly particularly focused on project financing. Hugh Cummins and Angelyn Rowan are also key partners in the team.

Practice head(s):

Kerri Crossen; Jonathan Kelly

Other key lawyers:


‘Philip Lee are very client focused and when you engage Philip Lee you get a team rather than an individual. The work is partner-led and the partners are fully engaged with the client. Philip Lee invest in their clients and demonstrate this through their understanding of not just the client’s legal issues but the client’s business, which in turn means they understand their particular objectives and sensitivities. In terms of providing value for money, Philip Lee are always mindful of client costs, are transparent and ensure the client is fully aware of where costs sit at all times.’

‘Kerri Crossen is very invested in her clients and as such provides a highly personalised service designed to fully meet her clients’ needs. Kerri has significant knowledge and expertise and is aware of developments in the wider projects and PPP sector that may need to be factored into the advice provided. She is responsive and always available, providing thoughtful, well-considered advice.’

‘Angelyn Rowan is very knowledgeable and experienced in terms of the PPP sector and she has a detailed understanding of this area of law and practice. She therefore provides clear advice that takes into account the full impact of an issue rather than simply the limited scope of what she might be asked to consider. Angelyn is very responsive and client focused.’

Key clients


National Development Finance Agency

Port of Cork

Health Service Executive

John Sisk and Son

DIF Infrastructure

Kajima Partnership Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising HSE Estates on the procurement of a €150m Community Nursing Units PPP project.
  • Advising the National Development Finance Agency on Phase 1 of the Devolved Schools Building Programme 2.
  • Advising a consortium of Equitix and John Sisk & Son in relation to the tender to the National Development Finance Agency for the €150m Higher Education PPP Programme (Bundle 1).

Ireland > Real estate Tier 2

Philip Lee offers clients a comprehensive service in the real estate space, advising on financings and refinancings as well as transactions involving both individual assets and large portfolios of properties. The team is also engaged in the negotiation of leases of office space, as well as the leasing of property for social housing use, a high-profile area of the Irish market. John O’Donoghue leads the team; his clients in this space range from investment funds to public sector bodies. Other names to note in the team include Eimear Fitzgibbon and Thomas O’Malley, who specialises in social housing.

Practice head(s):

John O’Donoghue

Other key lawyers:

Eimear Fitzgibbon; Thomas O’Malley; Tom Conway; Brendan O’Connor


‘A very responsive team. Always looking to employ the common-sense approach to a problem. Very knowledgeable on the law but also very focused on the commercial realities.’

‘I’ve dealt extensively with John O’Donoghue and I’ve found him very responsive, easy to talk to, very practical in his approach to solving problems and very reliable in meeting deadlines. I’ve built up a high level of trust in John and I believe the professional relationship we have built up saves my organisation time and money in meeting our real estate objectives.’

‘Incredibly proactive and problem solving. They field a multi-disciplinary team, each with their own skillsets, which as a collective combines to focus on achieving the objective. Equally, individual team members remain connected to the issues outside of their specific remit so that questions can be addressed throughout a project. Refreshingly honest yet very commercial.’

‘Unlike others, they actively drive a project towards completion, are always available and offer extensive experience across all areas. On complex projects requiring different inputs, they have a strong and dedicated team.’

‘What sets Philip Lee apart is their proactive approach. Once they are given a brief they chase both the lawyers representing the other party and us as the client to resolve issues. This gives us quick turnaround on all our property purchase and lease issues and allows us to do better deals with vendors and landlords. They achieve this by bringing the expertise needed within the firm onto team calls with the client, so that decisions can be made. They are very good at documenting next steps for the client.’

‘Thomas O’Malley has spent considerable time coming to understand our business and its future needs. He is an expert in this real estate market, with a strong reputation within the legal profession. This has allowed him to negotiate on behalf of and guide our organisation. He is superb at one-to-one negotiation with third parties, a responsibility many practices pass back to the client. His speed of delivery has been a major factor in the speed of growth the business has achieved in recent years.’

‘The offices of Philip Lee in Dublin kept us in constant communication regarding the entire process of our transaction. They guided us at all times and where necessary intervened on our behalf with third parties.’

‘Tom Conway was methodical in his work on our behalf and available at all times, during and outside work hours, from day one of the project. His tacit knowledge of the legalities was essential in the final closing of our deal.’

Key clients

First Step Homes (Trinity Investment Management)

RELM Finance Limited

JMC Logistics Centre

Ethika Properties Limited

Focused Investment Property ICAV

Trafalgar Capital Limited

Housing Agency

Corrib Oil Ireland Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising First Step Homes on the acquisition of individual properties and development sites intended for leasing to local authorities to meet social housing demand.
  • Currently acting for the Housing Agency on number of housing projects.
  • Advising RELM Finance on a suite of real estate finance facilities throughout Ireland secured on varying asset classes, ranging from portfolios of petrol stations to portfolios of pre ’63 residential housing units.

Ireland > Banking and finance Tier 3

Philip Lee LLP handles a steady pipeline of corporate lending for banks and non-bank lenders, and is an emerging name in project finance and media sector finance. Jonathan Kelly and Simon O’Neill  are senior members of a team that was expanded by the arrival of Ruairi Mac Cumhaill and Louis Burke from DWF in September 2021. Marie Kinsella is a key figure for financial services regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Kelly; Simon O’Neill


‘They managed the fee quote process well and managed their WIP well. They did not suprise us with requests for a fee increase prior to billing; they stuck to the agreed fee quote and kept us informed where any out-of-scope services became necessary.’

‘I find the Philip Lee team responsive and straightforward to deal with. Our organisation is new to the banking field and the Philip Lee team have been extremely good at holding our hands as we chart our way through new territory.’

‘What makes Philip Lee special is their hands-on mentality. When things get hectic, they keep a calm head and deliver – on time, in top quality and reliably. It’s also great that Philip Lee provides our clients who have parts of their operation in Ireland with a carefree package.’

‘I worked with Jonathan Kelly and his team. Jonathan took a hands-on role on our transaction, and was always on top of the detail.’

‘Primarily, we work with Jonathan Kelly and Simon O’Neill. Both deliver top work.’

‘Simon O’Neill, in particular, has already made some of our clients happy with his creative ideas, which also work great, and his pragmatic approach.’

‘I’ve dealt with Simon O’Neill quite extensively and have found Simon to be responsive, easy to deal with, good at explaining the legal landscape of a new area to me and my internal team. Simon has been generally good at meeting deadlines. In terms of the quality and clarity of advice and legal drafting I am very impressed with Simon. ‘

Key clients

Home Building Finance Ireland

Bentall GreenOak Secured Lending

Ulster Bank Ireland Limited

Relm Loan Opportunities 3 DAC

Toronto Dominion Bank

AIB Bank

Ireland > Employment Tier 3

Philip Lee provides employment-related advice to some of the biggest employers from the public sector. It assists with several contentious and non-contentious aspects such as employment contracts, policies, industrial relations, employment rights and immigration. The team is led by Patrick Walshe, who assists public sector clients with employment contracts and pension-related issues, in addition to representing them before the WRC. Damien Young and Murrough McMahon are other names to note.

Practice head(s):


‘They pay attention to details, go above and beyond to get the problem solved, know all the right people to talk to, and have excellent written communication. Most importantly, I know I can trust them with all the legal matters that are important to me.’

‘The key attribute of this practice that I value is personal service by senior experienced lawyers.’

‘Patrick Walshe is an insightful and strategically astute lawyer who helped me to navigate an extremely complex employment law challenge.’

‘Excellent service with a focus on commercial solutions rather than parroting the textbooks.’

‘Patrick Walshe is an excellent practitioner, who can quickly get to the nub of an issue and devise a practical solution which achieves our aims.’

Ireland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Philip Lee LLP has a growing presence in healthcare and life sciences thanks to the presence of a large team of specialists covering corporate transactions, regulatory matters and disputes. Marie Kinsella is an experienced name in the healthcare segment, covering corporate and commercial, and regulatory engagements. John Given is another seasoned professional in life sciences transactions, and Anne Bateman has a longstanding presence in IP, technology and data protection matters in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Marie Kinsella; Anne Bateman

Other key lawyers:

John Given; Ronan Dunne; Philip Lee; Damien Young


‘Engaging and dynamic.’

‘Flexibility and availability.’

‘Very reactive to emergency requirements during the pandemic. Were willing to go the extra mile and ignore normal working hours to deliver results.’

‘Philip Lee – creative solution finder. Ronan Dunne – hard working and effective solicitor with substantial public procurement experience.’

Key clients

Health Service Executive

Sublimity Therapeutics



National Treatment Purchase Fund


Novellus Therapeutics


Celleron Therapeutics

Ireland > Information technology Tier 3

Philip Lee frequently advises public bodies on the procurement and implementation of IT systems, with a particular focus on the healthcare sector. Sean McElligott leads the team and has long-standing expertise in this space, having previously worked in the technology sector before qualifying as a solicitor. Anne Bateman is another name to note, with a broad practice encompassing data privacy, intellectual property and technology matters.

Practice head(s):

Sean McElligott

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Sky Ireland Limited

Health Service Executive

Data Protection Commission

Childrens Health Ireland

Vit Hit

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Student Universal Support Ireland

Horseware Products Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Health Service Executive in the emergency procurement of a new enterprise ICT system to support the national delivery of Covid vaccines.
  • Advising Children’s Hospital Ireland on the procurement of an enterprise ICT system to deliver the Electronic Health Record system for the new Children’s Hospital.
  • Acting for VitHit in High Court proceedings against a supplier for breach of contract and intellectual property.

The firm: Philip Lee is one of Ireland’s leading commercial practices with offices in Dublin, San Francisco and London. It has built a team of top tier lawyers who can advise on every aspect of business, at home and internationally. Its partners are recognised leaders in several areas of law, including corporate and M&A, real estate and planning, construction, PPP, procurement, environmental, energy, competition, data, employment, EU, intellectual property, IT, immigration and tax. We act for companies across all industry sectors and we are recognised for our ability to work through complex challenges and provide innovative solutions. Philip Lee is the sole Irish member of Multilaw, a consortium network of over 10,000 lawyers in 100 countries worldwide.

Main practice areas
Banking and finance: The banking and finance team assists Irish and international banks, as well as non-bank specialist lenders, on a wide range of financial transactions and advisory matters. The firm is especially strong in the areas of project finance and property finance.

Corporate: The corporate group acts for businesses ranging from high potential early stage ventures to market leading global multinationals – including many cutting edge technology companies. The firm’s areas of expertise include corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, tax structuring, corporate finance and joint ventures. The team regularly advises on foreign direct investment and its international focus is bolstered by the firm’s overseas offices.

Construction, projects and PPP: The firm has advised public and private bodies on major projects, among which are some of the largest infrastructure projects undertaken in Ireland. The highly skilled lawyers in their team have a particular expertise in the area of public private partnerships.

Dispute resolution and litigation: The firm has a very active litigation group that advises on data protection, construction disputes, employment, media and telecoms issues. It represents clients in contentious issues in intellectual property, technology and in the pharmaceuticals area. Philip Lee continues to be recognised for its advice on judicial reviews and statutory appeals in the public sector.

Employment, pensions and immigration: The firm’s employment and pensions group advises on all aspects of employment, pensions and equality law and acts for some of the largest employers operating in Ireland. International clients regularly seek the firm’s advice when setting up their Irish operations. The firm’s immigration group works closely with the employment and corporate departments, advising on all corporate immigration matters.

Energy: Energy covers a wide range of matters from the traditional sources of coal, oil and gas to the various forms of renewable energy, including developments in energy efficiency and storage. The firm has vast experience in each of these areas.

Environment and climate: Clients turn to Philip Lee not only for its legal skills, but also its deep understanding of the ever-changing legislative and policy environments in which its clients operate. The firm devises highly successful consenting strategies for a rich variety of environmental and infrastructure projects. It provides representation at oral hearings, consultations and in Court proceedings, including contract disputes, legal challenges to consent decisions and enforcement litigation. The firm provides transactional support through our robust environmental due diligence processes.

EU, competition and state aid: The firm advises on cutting edge competition issues and regulatory law to a wide range of organisations and businesses in the energy, telecommunications and construction sectors. This expert group advises public and private bodies on competition law enforcement and on state aid. It represents clients nationally in the commercial court and internationally before the European Commission and in the European Courts of Justice.

Insolvency and restructuring: The team advises public and private bodies on insolvency law issues and in particular on the impact of liquidation, receivership, examinership, schemes of arrangement on corporate contracts, bonds and security arrangements.

Intellectual property, technology and data protection:  The firm’s intellectual property and technology group continues to be recognised in international rankings as one of Ireland’s leading intellectual property practices. They advise many of the world’s leading brand owners and regularly put structures in place to ease clients through complex issues of commercialisation and exploitation. The firm is a leading advisor on all significant data protection issues in Ireland.

Media and entertainment:  Philip Lee’s film and television practice is recognised as the largest and most active in the Irish market. The firm has been engaged in connection with almost every feature film, major television drama and animation series produced in Ireland in recent years.

Procurement: Philip Lee has been to the forefront of public procurement for over two decades and has advised public bodies in over 500 public procurement processes. There has never been a successful challenge, or even a legal challenge to a process where we have been retained at an early stage to advise. Equally, we have advised hundreds of private sector companies seeking to tender or who have been unsuccessful in tenders. We have represented clients before domestic courts, the European Commission and before the European Court of Justice.

Real estate: The Philip Lee real estate group represents a diverse range of clients, including investors, private developers, public sector bodies, regulatory bodies and financial institutions. The firm advises on all aspects of commercial property and landlord and tenant law.

Tax:  The tax group provides specialist advice to Irish and international clients on the establishment of headquarters in Ireland, tax aspects of M&A transactions, corporate finance and re-structuring,inward investment, property transactions and revenue related issues.

Managing Partner Jonathan Kelly00 353 1 237 3700
Banking and finance Louis Burke00 353 1 237 3700
Banking and finance Ruairí Mac Cumhaill00 353 1 237 3700
Banking and finance Simon O'Neill00 353 1 237 3700
Construction Hugh Cummins00 353 1 237 3700
Construction Clare Cashin00 353 1 237 3700
Construction Angelyn Rowan00 353 1 237 3700
Corporate transactions and M&A Inez Cullen00 353 1 237 3700
Corporate transactions and M&A John Given00 353 1 237 3700
Corporate transactions and M&A Andreas McConnell00 353 1 237 3700
Corporate transactions and M&A Bernard McEvoy00 353 1 237 3700
Corporate transactions and M&A Ita O'Sullivan00 353 1 237 3700
Data protection Eoghan Doyle00 353 1 237 3700
Dispute resolution and litigation Damien Young00 353 1 237 3700
Dispute resolution and litigation Murrough McMahon00 353 1 237 3700
Energy Siobhán McCabe00 353 1 237 3700
Environment and climate Alice Whittaker00 353 1 237 3700
EU, competition and state aid Ronan Dunne00 353 1 237 3700
Employment and pensions Patrick Walshe00 353 1 237 3700
Healthcare Marie Kinsella00 353 1 237 3700
Insolvency and restructuring Eoin Brereton00 353 1 237 3700
Intellectual property Anne Bateman00 353 1 237 3700
Media and entertainment Brian Gormley00 353 1 237 3700
Planning Leonora Mullett00 353 1 237 3700
Projects and PPP Kerri Crossen00 353 1 237 3700
Procurement Philip Lee00 353 1 237 3700
Public and regulatory Rachel Minch SC00 353 1 237 3700
Head of real estate John O'Donoghue00 353 1 237 3700
Real estate Eimear Fitzgibbon00 353 1 237 3700
Real estate Tom Conway00 353 1 237 3700
Real estate Michael Neary00 353 1 237 3700
Real estate Thomas O'Malley00 353 1 237 3700
Technology Sean McElligott00 353 1 237 3700
London office Andrew Tzialli00 353 1 237 3700
Anne Bateman photoMs Anne BatemanAnne is a recognised expert in intellectual property, technology and privacy law,…
Eoin Brereton photoMr Eoin BreretonEoin is a partner in the corporate and commercial department. Eoin specialises…
Louis Burke photoMr Louis BurkeLouis is a partner in the banking and finance team at Philip…
Clare Cashin photo Clare CashinClare practices in both contentious and non-contentious construction law, advising employers, contractors,…
Tom Conway photoMr Tom ConwayTom is a partner within the real estate and planning department. He…
Kerri Crossen photoMs Kerri CrossenKerri specialises in projects, PPPs, procurement and construction and has practiced in…
Inez Cullen photoMs Inez CullenInez is a partner in Philip Lee’s corporate department. She focuses on…
Hugh Cummins photoMr Hugh CumminsHugh is a partner and has considerable experience in a broad range…
Eoghan Doyle photoMr Eoghan DoyleEoghan is a partner specialising in corporate, commercial and technology matters. Eoghan’s…
Ronan Dunne photoMr Ronan DunneRonan leads Philip Lee’s Competition, Regulated Markets and EU Law group. He…
Eimear Fitzgibbon photoMs Eimear FitzgibbonEimear is a partner in the real estate department and advises both…
Brian Gormley photoMr Brian GormleyBrian specialises in advising on film and television financing and production, acting…
Anna Hickey  photoMs Anna Hickey Anna is a partner in the corporate group of Philip Lee. Anna…
Jonathan Kelly photoMr Jonathan KellyJonathan was appointed as managing partner of Philip Lee in 2020. He…
George  Kennedy  photoMr George Kennedy George Kennedy is a partner in Philip Lee’s corporate group. George specialises…
Marie Kinsella photoMs Marie KinsellaMarie is head of Philip Lee’s Healthcare Group and leads a team…
Philip Lee photoMr Philip LeePhilip is a leading expert in the area of procurement, competition, trade and…
Ruairí Mac Cumhaill photoMr Ruairí Mac CumhaillRuairí Mac Cumhaill is a partner in the banking and finance department.…
Rosemarie MacGuinness photoMs Rosemarie MacGuinnessRosemarie MacGuinness works as a consultant from our San Francisco office. Rosemarie…
Siobhan McCabe photoMs Siobhan McCabeSiobhan McCabe is a Partner and heads up the energy team at…
Andreas McConnell photoMr Andreas McConnellAndreas has acted as lead partner on a broad spectrum of transactions…
Sean McElligott photoMr Sean McElligottSean is a partner with Philip Lee and head of the Technology…
Bernard McEvoy photoMr Bernard McEvoyBernard, a senior partner with Philip Lee, joined the firm in August…
Rebecca McEvoy  photoMs Rebecca McEvoy Rebecca is a partner in the corporate department at Philip Lee. She…
Murrough McMahon photoMr Murrough McMahonMurrough is a partner specialising in litigation with a particular emphasis on…
Rachel Minch photoMs Rachel MinchRachel is an experienced litigator with particular expertise in planning, environment and…
Leonora Mullett photoMs Leonora MullettLeonora is a partner within the planning and environmental team at Philip…
Michael Neary photoMr Michael NearyMichael is an experienced commercial real estate partner at Philip Lee and…
John O'Donoghue photoMr John O'DonoghueJohn is a partner specialising in real estate and leads the firms…
Thomas O'Malley photoMr Thomas O'MalleyThomas O’Malley is a partner within the Real Estate Department specialising in…
Simon O'Neill photoMr Simon O'NeillSimon is a partner in the banking and finance team advising on…
Ita O'Sullivan photoMs Ita O'SullivanIta is a partner-level Consultant in the Corporate and Commercial Department of…
Angelyn Rowan photoMs Angelyn RowanAngelyn advises public and private sector clients in the areas of Construction,…
Andrew Tzialli photoMr Andrew TzialliAndrew is a partner specialising in corporate and technology matters and he…
Patrick Walshe photoMr Patrick WalshePatrick heads the employment law group in Philip Lee. He is recognised…
Alice Whittaker photo Alice WhittakerAlice leads the Environment and Climate Group at Philip Lee. This specialist…
Damien Young photoMr Damien YoungDamien heads the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution group, handling commercial disputes…
Number of lawyers : 75
Other offices : London
Other offices : San Francisco