Philip Nolan


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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. 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, internationairell online 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 Facebook’s standing EU privacy counsel having assisted Facebook throughout its audits by the Irish privacy regulator.  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 Europe, 2016

"the perfect partner for a multinational project, as he knows Irish and EU law back to front"

The Legal 500, 2016

Philip Nolan is a ‘smart, tough, practical, excellent communicator’ and ‘a personable and extremely knowledgeable lawyer

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

  •  "Post Safe Harbor: The Alternative Ways to Export Personal Data” @kit-Kongress Forum on Communications and Law (April 2016)
  • "Data Protection Demystified" In-House Counsel Masterclass at Mason Hayes & Curran (Feb 2016)


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 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)