Mr Jonathan Kelly > Philip Lee LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Projects and PPP. Banking and Finance. Media. 


Jonathan was appointed as managing partner of Philip Lee in 2020. He continues to work on a range of corporate and financing transactions, with particular focus on the infrastructure, energy, media and real estate sectors. He has advised both public and private sector clients in relation to a number of the largest infrastructure projects in the State, including many public private partnerships (PPP). He is also recognised as a leading practitioner in the area of film and television finance. His uniquely diverse transactional experience ranges from the financing of “Braveheart” and “Game of Thrones” to numerous PPP transactions (in sectors such as education, health and transport) to advising lenders and borrowers on large debt financing transactions.


English, German, French.


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Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Media and entertainment

(Hall of Fame)

Jonathan KellyPhilip Lee

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.

Ireland > Projects and PPP

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.

Ireland > Banking and finance

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.