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Although no two law firms have exactly the same culture and outlook, differentiating between them can be a challenge.  At Philip Lee we place a premium not just on legal knowledge but on the ability to push, prod and provoke.  We have talented lawyers, each among the best in their field.  Depth of experience and the innovative intelligence that creates not just insight, but foresight: these are the qualities we value in Philip Lee.


We have always taken a holistic approach to the working week. The firm is a huge advocate of employee wellbeing. We have a dedicated Wellness Committee that has created a programme of activities to make sure to counterbalance the realities of deadlines with opportunities for reflection.  The concept of the programme is to promote physical, mental and nutritional health in the firm.

Specific initiatives include:

Sport also plays a significant role in our lives here at Philip Lee.  Our sport group advise many public and private entities in the health and sport sectors.  We are very conscious of the relationship between sport and better physical and mental health. Our people are avid sport supporters and the firm engages in many sporting activities.  Rugby being a particular favourite!

Read the Philip Lee Sport Report. It provides a snapshot of sport in Ireland.

Training and Knowledge Management  

We have invested heavily in technological solutions to ensure developments in the law, thought leadership, legal practice and advice are captured and disseminated throughout the firm. A Knowledge Management (KM) system has been developed which is tailored to best meet the needs of our individual practice areas to ensure they can access latest legal developments. The KM system provides a common platform that streamlines the process of accessing and using essential “Know How” from a mixture of internal and online information resources. The solution integrates with our internal databases including a Know How database and Library Management system. It also delivers a common approach to searching over 30 online information resources including a large number of Irish resources.

Consistent with our ethos of recruiting and training “best in class lawyers”, we also operate an inhouse training programme managed by a dedicated Training & Knowledge Management Executive, Nicholas Makin. Under Nick’s stewardship, each department within the firm is required to develop and implement training for all team members, with individual topics typically being the subject of seminars delivered by individual teams members on a regular and co-ordinated basis.


Working at Philip Lee


Current Vacancies

Philip Lee run very successful 10 week summer internship programmes. We are interested in all graduates and undergraduates.  The programme itself gives students an excellent sense of what it is like to work as a trainee and ultimately as a lawyer in a leading commercial law firm. Interns will be introduced to the work of the firm and will be an involved member of the team on various projects. Our trainees, associates and partners give support and mentoring to help students make decisions about their future careers.

Applications are now closed for the 2019 Summer Internship Programme.

Because we are a young, dynamic firm, we can give our trainees real responsibility, real fast. Only then will you discover where your true potential lies.  Our lawyers will keep you on your toes as you train and yet treat you as real team members.

We look for:

  • a sense of individuality
  • a love of learning
  • an excellent academic record
  • commercial awareness
  • strong writing and research skills
  • an engaging and optimistic character
  • interesting experience
  • great listening skills
  • an interest in the firm’s areas of expertise

Philip Lee is hiring trainees to join our Dublin office. We place a premium not just on legal knowledge but on the ability to push, prod and provoke.  We recruit talented lawyers, each among the best in their field.  Depth of experience and innovative intelligence that creates not just insight but foresight; these are the qualities we value.  The firm’s culture of curiosity is infectious and creates a unique learning environment where talent and personality can flourish.

We offer our trainees real responsibility. So if you are self-motivated, show initiative and can work on projects with minimum supervision, we look forward to hearing from you. PPC1/PPC2 completion ideal but not essential.


  • Be able to handle a diverse portfolio of cases and maintain a high standard of service to our clients;
  • Have strong organisational, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Have the ability to work effectively under pressure and deliver results working to tight deadlines;
  • Excellent PC skills (Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook)

Application Process

Read our Trainee booklet 2019.

If you are interested in an internship or in our trainee programme, please send us:

    • Maximum 1-page cover letter
    • Maximum 3-page CV
    • An example of recent written work that you are particularly proud of (trainee applicants only)

Any queries can be sent to our HR Manager Nicola McKenna or call 01 2373700.

Traineeship applications are now closed for 2020. We will reopen again in January 2020 for 2021.

We are a leading commercial law firm recognised as “Top Tier” across a range of sectors. We value talented professionals who would like to develop their talents in a rapidly growing firm.

We are seeking an ambitious litigation lawyer for our commercial litigation department with between 2-4 years PQE. The team handles litigation and advisory work across a number of specialist practice areas, but the primary focus for the successful candidate will be commercial litigation in the Commercial Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.


  • Working with senior department members on a variety of litigation matters.
  • Interpreting, analysing and advising clients on relevant case law and legislation.


Ideally 2-4 years’ PQE gained in a firm with exposure to commercial litigation matters in Ireland.

Suitable candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • A strong background in the conduct of commercial disputes
  • Commercial awareness
  • Excellent drafting skills
  • An ability to analyse legislation and provide practical advice
  • An ability to communicate effectively at all levels with our clients
  • A high level of motivation and an ability to act on one’s own initiative
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • An ability to work effectively as part of a team.

If you are interested in finding out more about us we would like to receive your application.  Please send CV with a short cover note in confidence to HR manager, Nicola McKenna.

Philip Lee are looking for a part-time accounts assistant. Reporting directly to the Senior Accounts Assistant, the position is an important member of staff whose prime role is to assist the finance team in the maintenance of accurate financial records, in accordance with the Solicitors Accounts Regulations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist the team in all areas of the Accounts Payable function, to include;
    • Setting up of suppliers, process high volume of purchase invoices on a daily basis
    • Prepare fortnightly payment runs and ensure all creditors are paid in due course, either via EFT or cheque, and
    • Ensure the Accounts Payable ledger is fully reconciled on a regular basis, with differences promptly resolved
  • Undertake daily banking functions and reconcile all bank accounts on a monthly basis
  • Drive the debt-collection function for the firm
  • Collation and submission of credit cards monthly to partners for analysis and subsequent input of same onto system
  • Undertake the administration and reconciliation of petty cash
  • Prompt turnaround of audit request letters from clients and their auditors

Person Specification:

  • Strong general finance experience preferred, ideally in a fast paced professional services environment
  • Ability to work to daily deadlines with high invoicing volumes
  • Capable of working on own initiative but also a team player who is willing to help and support colleagues
  • Great interpersonal skills with outgoing and friendly personality
  • Flexible with ability to multitask
  • Highly organised individual with ability to prioritise and work calmly in a demanding, deadline driven environment
  • Good PC skills and working knowledge of MS Office (especially WORD and EXCEL)
  • Fluent in English – written and spoken

If you are interested in finding out more about us we would like to receive your application.  Please send CV with a short cover note in confidence to HR manager, Nicola McKenna.