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 in a number of publicised investigations under the GDPR.
  • Advising Instagram and WhatsApp on regulatory engagements in the EU and on various GDPR compliance issues.
  • Advising Strava on its GDPR compliance programme which includes ongoing product counselling.


Legal 500, 2021

Philip is recognised as a 'Leading Individual' in the area of Data Privacy. Philip is also celebrated as an elite ‘Hall of Fame’ practitioner. in the area of Information Technology. 

Chambers & Partners, 2021

Philip "is a go-to person for challenging questions".

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

  • Co-chair of the European iTechLaw Association Conference in Dublin (October 2019) Read more
  • "AI: The Myth, The Legend, The Application" at World iTechLaw Association Conference in Boston (May 2019) Read more


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 Data Centres

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)