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Philip Lee has been strengthened by the appointment of Sean McElligott to head the technology team.

Legal 500, 2019

Sean McElligott



Sean is a partner with Philip Lee and head of the Technology Group, advising on complex and large scale technology and outsourcing transactions, intellectual property, ICT procurement, data protection and privacy law.


Sean holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from UCD and before qualifying as a solicitor, he worked for 13 years in IT for, amongst others, Bank of Ireland Global Markets and Motorola.  Sean’s background in IT means that his practice is naturally focused on technology and the interplay between technology and the law.


On the technology side, he advises clients in relation to IT outsourcing, systems implementations and cloud computing.  His practice involves advising on the supply and implementation of new IT systems (including large scale ERP systems), the licensing of software and the ownership and licensing of intellectual property rights.  In addition, Sean regularly acts for companies in disputes relating to screen-scraping, misuse of Google search rankings and of Google AdWords, trade mark infringement and passing-off.


Sean also has significant experience of public procurement specialising in ICT projects and acts for both public sector contracting authorities and private sector bidders.  Sean’s unique background gives him an edge as an advisor in ICT procurements as he is not only an expert in the applicable law, but he also fully understands the technical requirements of his clients.


Sean’s practice also includes advising on privacy, data protection and cyber-security law.


Sean lectures on ICT procurement and intellectual property law.  Sean is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the International Technology Law Association.

Law Society of Ireland
Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
Society for Computers and Law


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