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Philip Lee

Work Department

Dispute Resolution and Litigation. Data Protection. 


Damien heads the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution group, handling commercial disputes across a broad range of areas including data protection, public procurement and construction law. He has acted for a large number of public and private sector clients in High Court judicial review proceedings involving challenges to the award of public contracts. Damien advises on all aspects of EU and Irish data protection law, privacy and defamation matters. He acted for Ireland’s Data Protection Commission in the Schrems I and Schrems II litigation that resulted in decisions of the European Court of Justice setting aside the “safe harbour” and “privacy shield” regimes for EU/US data transfers.


Law Society of Ireland 
The Dublin Solicitors’ Bar Association

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Employment

Philip Lee‘s ‘extremely responsive and helpful’ team stands out for its work advising public sector bodies on employment matters. Practice head Patrick Walshe is praised for his advice, which is ‘robust and decisive, and infused with commercial pragmatism’. Litigator Murrough McMahon and Damien Young are also key partners in the practice.

Ireland > Dispute resolution

Philip Lee stands out for its experience in acting for public bodies, advising regulators on investigations and enforcement as well as defending them against claims. The team also acts for private companies in a range of sectors, including telecoms, media, and financial services; the team’s healthcare expertise was bolstered in April 2020 by the arrival of Marie Kinsella. Practice head Damien Young has a broad practice, with Anne Bateman and Clare Cashin also noted.

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection

Philip Lee acts as the lead advisor to the Data Protection Commission, advising on investigations as well as enforcement notices. The team also represents the Commission in judicial review proceedings challenging its decisions. Elsewhere, the practice advises public and private sector companies on data processing agreements, GDPR compliance, and data access requests. Damien Young handles work relating to all aspects of Irish and EU data protection law, while Eoghan Doyle advises a range of public bodies on GDPR compliance. Anne Bateman handles contentious and non-contentious work, including representing the DPC in judicial reviews.

Ireland > Construction

Philip Lee advises public and private sector clients including state bodies, councils, developers, construction companies, and corporations on construction matters. Kerri Crossen leads on non-contentious work, while Damien Young specialises in disputes. Clare Cashin has a broad practice and is another key nameAngelyn Rowan joined the team in November 2019 from Eversheds Sutherland and has added ‘excellent sector knowledge’ to the practice.