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Philip Lee

Media and entertainment Tier 1

The team at Philip Lee has 'great overall knowledge of the media and entertainment industry'; practice head Brian Gormley and Jonathan Kelly 'stand out as highly experienced partners providing practical, effective advice'. The team focuses mainly on film and TV transactional work, including advising NBC Universal on the production and financing of TV drama series Nightflyers and assisting JAM Media with the financing and production of a major live action and animated series for Amazon. In the advertising sphere, clients include the representative body for producers, Commercial Producers Ireland, and commercials production companies Pull the Trigger and Antidote. Senior associate Jessica Gorman is also noted.

Planning and environment Tier 1

Philip Lee is advising a variety of big players on planning and environmental issues. Particular highlights included Alice Whittaker, ‘who is fantastic to deal with’, advising Microsoft on the planning and environmental aspects of its novel public-private partnership with GE. Whittaker and Rachel Minch have represented An Bord Pleanála, the Irish planning board, in over 80 judicial review proceedings. The team also acts for a number of local authorities, including providing planning advice to Westmeath County Council regarding a significant housing development.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Jonathan Kelly and Andreas McConnell lead the 'efficient and knowledgeable' team at Philip Lee. Kelly advised Allied Irish Banks on the financing of Greencoat Renewables' acquisition of a portfolio of Irish wind farms and the company's subsequent IPO, and McConnell assisted Sublimity Therapeutics with a €52m equity investment by a consortium of international investment funds. Eoghan Doyle, who is noted for his technology and data protection expertise; 'outstanding' consultant Ita O’Sullivan; and the 'exceptional' Andrew Tzialli, who joined from Sheridans to head the firm's London office, are also recommended.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Philip Lee's team has 'powerful technical expertise and ever-expanding knowledge and experience'. Practice head Damien Young is 'an outstanding litigator', with particular strengths in data protection, regulatory and public law. Anne Bateman handles commercial and regulatory litigation in Ireland for Ryanair, and Clare Cashin is acting for a government agency in a series of procurement challenges. Rachel Minch and Murrough McMahon (who is 'pragmatic, with a good sense of commerciality') are also key contacts.

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Business acumen’, ‘practical solutions and common sense’ characterise Philip Lee, which acts for an array of actors in the energy sector like developers, financers and large energy users. Coming from top-tier firm William Fry, new practice head Siobhan McCabe brings with her ‘excellent knowledge of the industry’ and ‘drove the whole show’ on a number of occasions. By way of example, she acted for Bank of Ireland on the financing of several projects, including Curraghderrig wind farm. Alice Whittaker advised Innogy on a proposed 600MW offshore wind farm, and Microsoft on the first power purchase agreement with a renewable energy generator.

EU and competition Tier 2

Name partner Philip Lee and Ronan Dunne lead the team at Philip Lee, which is noted for its expertise in merger control, state aid law and defending clients in cartel and competition law prosecutions. The team is advising the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland on state aid issues concerning the financing of projects in the energy sector.

Intellectual property Tier 2

The IP team at Philip Lee is particularly adept at dealing with trade mark cases. Anne Bateman is the key contact. Ann Henry is now at Pinsent Masons LLP.

Projects and PPP Tier 2

Led by Kerri Crossen, the team at Philip Lee is involved in a number of important infrastructure projects. Jonathan Kelly advised Port of Cork on the financing of the redevelopment of Ringaskiddy harbour. The team was also active in the PPP space, with Kelly and Hugh Cummins advising the National Development Finance Agency on the consequences for the Schools Bundle 5 PPP after the insolvencies of Carillion and Sammon Contracting.

Banking and finance Tier 3

The 'capable and responsive' practice at Philip Lee is known for its strength in structured lending, project finance and media finance, and has been increasingly active in real estate acquisition and development finance. The 'highly knowledgeable and effective' Jonathan Kelly and Simon O’Neill acted for Port of Cork Company on the €100m redevelopment of port facilities at Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, and advised AIB on a secured loan facility to a QIAIF for the acquisition of a student accommodation site.

Construction Tier 3

Philip Lee is rated for its ‘personal touch and desire to understand the clients’ needs and requirements’. The team handles a good spread of non-contentious private and public sector work, with Kerri Crossen advising Westmeath County Council on development options for land at Lissywollen, Athlone, and acting for BAM Building. Damien Young heads the contentious side of the practice; ‘personableClare Cashin represented plaintiff Port of Cork in proceedings against BAM Civil concerning a mistake in the tender for the new Ringaskiddy port.

Information technology Tier 3

Philip Lee has been strengthened by the appointment of Sean McElligott to head the technology team alongside Anne Bateman. They advise clients including the Health Service Executive, Ryanair and Student Universal Support Ireland on matters ranging from IT outsourcing, systems procurement and implementation, and cloud computing to disputes over screen-scraping, as well as data protection and cyber security.

Public sector Tier 3

Philip Lee represents public sector bodies including local authorities, state agencies and some government departments, covering the healthcare, finance, IT, transport, waste and energy sectors. Alice Whittaker, Anne Bateman, Patrick Walshe and Rachel Minch make up the team.

Real estate Tier 3

Always willing to go the extra mile for the client’, Philip Lee’s ‘highly skilled’ team is ‘well equipped for dealing with high-value commercial banking transactions involving security over property, as well as diligently managing smaller property acquisitions’. The ‘fully committedJohn O’Donoghue leads the practice; his recent highlights include acting for Carysfort Capital on the acquisition of a building comprising 120 apartments, a restaurant and café for €101m. Associate John Somers is ‘exceptional’.

Tax Tier 3

The arrival of tax adviser and barrister-at-law Amanda-Jayne Comyn to lead the team has bolstered the tax practice at Philip Lee, which advises on M&A transactions, reorganisations and restructurings, property transactions and Revenue disputes. Comyn, who joined from Grant Thornton, advised Corrib Oil on a group restructuring including intra-group transfers and 12 individual domestic mergers. Consultant Gavin McGuire, who is dual qualified in the UK and Ireland, is the other key contact.

Employment Tier 4

Acting mainly on the employer side, Philip Lee provides contentious and non-contentious employment advice to some major public clients, but also had some client wins in the private sector. Practice head Patrick Walshe is praised for his ‘invaluable insight’.

The Firm: Philip Lee is one of Ireland’s leading commercial practices with offices in Dublin, Brussels, San Francisco and London. The firm’s clients are pioneering private and publicly quoted companies operating in the many different sectors, most notably finance, banking, foreign direct investment, food, pharmaceutical, technology, energy and life sciences. It is the preferred legal advisor to many public sector organisations. The firm is recognised as being among the market leaders in several areas of law practice, including: corporate; tax; competition and EU Law; energy; environment; construction, projects and PPP; procurement; intellectual property; data protection; dispute resolution; real estate; regulatory; media and entertainment; technology; and waste. 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & Environment – The energy and environment group advises clients in all relevant sectors, including renewable energy companies involved in onshore and offshore wind, biomass, biofuels, and district heating projects. The firm also advises traditional and unconventional oil and gas exploration and production companies, as well as oil, gas and coal importers and distributors. Specialist areas of advice include: judicial review and environmental litigation, environmental assessments and licensing, water services and waste water treatment and subsea cables and pipelines.

EU, Competition & 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.

Intellectual Property, Technology & 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 & 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 – The procurement group at Philip Lee continues to be to the forefront of public procurement, devising standard procurement and contract documentation for numerous public bodies. It also regularly advises private sector companies. The firm has represented clients before the European Commission and before the European Court of Justice and has helped develop the law in several of the leading decisions issued by the European Court of Justice.

Real Estate & Planning – The Philip Lee real estate and planning 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. The planning group specialises in planning applications and appeals, oral hearings and judicial reviews.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Simon O'Neill
Banking and finance Jonathan Kelly
Banking and finance John Given
Construction Kerri Crossen
Construction Damien Young
Construction Angelyn Rowan
Construction Clare Cashin
Construction Hugh Cummins
Corporate and commercial Jonathan Kelly
Corporate and commercial Andreas McConnell
Corporate and commercial Ita O'Sullivan
Corporate and commercial John Given
Corporate and commercial Andrew Tzialli
Corporate and commercial Eoghan Doyle
Corporate and commercial Eoin Brereton
Data, privacy and technology Damien Young
Data, privacy and technology Sean McElligott
Data, privacy and technology Eoghan Doyle
Data, privacy and technology Anne Bateman
Dispute resolution and litigation Damien Young
Dispute resolution and litigation Anne Bateman
Dispute resolution and litigation Murrough McMahon
Dispute resolution and litigation Rachel Minch
Dispute resolution and litigation Clare Cashin
Dispute resolution and litigation Sean McElligott
Dispute resolution and litigation Patrick Walshe
Energy, environment and climate Siobhán McCabe
Energy, environment and climate Rachel Minch
Energy, environment and climate Alice Whittaker
EU, competition, state aid Ronan Dunne
EU, competition, state aid Philip Lee
Foreign direct investment Andreas McConnell
Foreign direct investment John Given
Employment and pensions Patrick Walshe
Insolvency and restructuring Andreas McConnell
Insolvency and restructuring John O'Donoghue
Intellectual property Anne Bateman
Intellectual property Sean McElligott
Media and entertainment Jonathan Kelly
Media and entertainment Brian Gormley
Planning and environment Alice Whittaker
Planning and environment Rachel Minch
Procurement Philip Lee
Procurement Kerri Crossen
Procurement Angelyn Rowan
Projects and PPP Jonathan Kelly
Projects and PPP Kerri Crossen
Projects and PPP Angelyn Rowan
Projects and PPP Philip Lee
Projects and PPP Hugh Cummins
Public and regulatory Patrick Walshe
Public and regulatory Rachel Minch
Public and regulatory Anne Bateman
Real estate John O'Donoghue
Real estate Eimear Fitzgibbon
Real estate Tom Conway
Real estate Thomas O'Malley
Tax Amanda-Jayne Comyn
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Anne Bateman  photo Ms Anne Bateman
Mr Eoin Brereton  photo Mr Eoin Brereton
Ms Clare Cashin  photo Ms Clare Cashin
Ms Amanda-Jayne Comyn  photo Ms Amanda-Jayne Comyn
Mr Tom Conway  photo Mr Tom Conway
Ms Kerri Crossen  photo Ms Kerri Crossen
Mr Hugh Cummins  photo Mr Hugh Cummins
Mr Eoghan Doyle  photo Mr Eoghan Doyle
Mr Ronan Dunne  photo Mr Ronan Dunne
Ms Eimear Fitzgibbon  photo Ms Eimear Fitzgibbon
Mr John Given  photo Mr John Given
Mr Brian Gormley  photo Mr Brian Gormley
Mr Jonathan Kelly  photo Mr Jonathan Kelly
Mr Philip Lee  photo Mr Philip Lee
Ms Rosemarie MacGuinness  photo Ms Rosemarie MacGuinness
Ms Siobhan McCabe  photo Ms Siobhan McCabe
Mr Andreas McConnell  photo Mr Andreas McConnell
Mr Sean McElligott  photo Mr Sean McElligott
Mr Murrough McMahon  photo Mr Murrough McMahon
Ms Rachel Minch  photo Ms Rachel Minch
Mr John O’Donoghue  photo Mr John O’Donoghue
Mr Simon O’Neill  photo Mr Simon O’Neill
Ms Ita O’Sullivan  photo Ms Ita O’Sullivan
Ms Angelyn Rowan  photo Ms Angelyn Rowan
Mr Andrew Tzialli photo Mr Andrew Tzialli Partner
Mr Patrick Walshe  photo Mr Patrick Walshe
Ms Alice Whittaker  photo Ms Alice Whittaker
Mr Damien Young  photo Mr Damien Young
Number of lawyers : 57
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : San Francisco