Philip Nolan


Philip is a partner, head of our Commercial team and a member of our Management Committee. He also leads our 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 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 has advised on some of the most high-profile data security breaches in Ireland and globally in recent years.

Representative Matters

  • Philip is one of Facebook’s leading external privacy counsel in the EU. Philip oversees the firm’s engagement with Facebook, which includes significant litigation and law enforcement work, and he assists Facebook’s integration of various companies which it has acquired.
  • Advising Twitter in relation to privacy compliance and overseeing the MHC internet litigation team that successfully represented Twitter in a number of take down cases.
  • Led the MHC team which assisted LinkedIn through its audit by the Irish privacy regulator and advising LinkedIn in relation to pan-EU privacy compliance.


Chambers and Partners, 2018

 "An exceptionally fine privacy lawyer with a breadth of experience, especially in the social media space." 

Legal 500, 2018

"Leading individual’ Philip Nolan is “absolutely excellent” with “overwhelming experience acting for top tech-industry clients”.

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

  • "Privacy and the Internet of Things" - 7th AIJA Annual Competition Conference: R&D and Innovation (June 2018)
  • In-House Counsel Masterclass on GDPR at the Marker Hotel, Dublin (January 2018)


Author, Irish chapter of Global Privacy and Security Law, published by Wolters Kluwer

Co-author of the Irish Chapter of Sourcing World, Second edition published 2015 by European Lawyer Reference.

Co-Author, Irish Information Technology Law, published by Cavendish

Co-Author, four editions of Business Law, published by Oxford University Press

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Areas of Expertise

Privacy & Data Security Technology Law General Data Protection Regulation Intellectual Property Law Commercial Contracts & Sourcing Life Sciences Brexit

Professional Memberships

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 of Oxford (BCL (Oxon))

University College Dublin (BCL, Int Law)

DePaul College of Law, Chicago (BCL Int)