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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

* Please note that due to government level restrictions, our Summer Internship Programme will now be commencing on 21 June and not 31 May as previously advertised.

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.

Read our Intern and Trainee Booklet.

If you are interested in applying, 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)

Applications can be sent to HR Manager: Nicola McKenna.

Applications will close on 26 February 2021.

View our summer intern video:

Because we are a young, dynamic firm, we can give our trainees real responsibility, 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.

The Philip Lee Mentoring Programme pairs trainee solicitors with partners and associates on a rotational basis, providing a supportive environment for trainees to develop their professional skills. 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)


Read our Trainee Booklet here.

Application Process

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)

Applications can be sent to our HR Manager: Nicola McKenna.

*Due to the large volume of applications received, the closing date for the traineeship programme has been extended to Friday, 28 May.

We are a leading commercial law firm recognised as Top Tier across a range of sectors. We value individuals who would like to develop their skills in a rapidly growing firm.

We are seeking an ambitious construction/projects lawyer for our construction and projects department with between 0-5 years PQE. This role will focus on advising a range of top-tier developer, public authority, funder (both traditional banks and private equity lenders), contractor and professional consultant clients on non-contentious construction and projects matters (in both private and public sector projects). On a day to day you can expect to be involved with:

  • Drafting, reviewing, negotiating and advising on all forms of standard and bespoke construction documents (building contracts, professional appointments, development agreements, collateral warranties, bonds etc.), both Irish and international forms;
  • Advising on contractual and legislative issues that arise during the course of projects;
  • Development and projects transaction work including Public Private Partnerships (PPP), development and project finance across all sectors;
  • Assisting in business development for the firm, including the creation of client updates for publication and presenting at industry and firm seminars;
  • Participating in the firm’s internal knowledge-exchange and generation programmes.


Suitable candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • 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.