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Europe Guide

Employment — Poland

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Bartłomiej Raczkowski
- 7 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Warsaw, Katowice and Poznań

What the team is known for Market-leading boutique firm recognised for its extensive and wide-ranging employment law experience. Notable focus on collective disputes and negotiations with trade unions as well as employee data protection and immigration matters. Recently developed additional expertise in remuneration benefits related to the financial sector. Also boasts an enhanced white-collar crime practice.  

Strengths The team is particularly valued for its practical and commercial approach. "What I like about them is that they are very pragmatic and not afraid to take risks," a client reports, while another says: "They have a very good business approach and are very responsive. They are very enthusiastic about their work and really want to help."

Significant clients Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Samsung, Randstad, Coca-Cola.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Bartłomiej Raczkowski is praised by clients for being "really excellent, practical and pragmatic." Sources also describe him as "a strong personality who is appreciated in negotiations." He advises clients on the full spectrum of employment law.

Sławomir Paruch is particularly well versed in collective disputes and handles negotiations effectively with trade unions on behalf of employers. Clients appreciate that "he has vast knowledge and is business-oriented."

Sources hail Katarzyna Dobkowska as "a very dynamic and respected employment lawyer." Clients value that she is "easy to reach and work with" and "has a business approach to issues."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Agnieszka Lisiecka
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań and Wrocław

What the team is known for Excellent practice group ascends in the rankings on the back of strong client feedback. Covers the full scope of employment matters, including disputes, internal investigations and immigration-related questions. Strong track record representing employers in contentious matters with employees.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the team's open-mindedness and client-oriented perspective. "The lawyers are very creative in their approach to cases and very open-minded," one source reports, while another says: "When they advise, they take into consideration the point of view of their clients. They are very open and always friendly."

Work highlights Assisted Innova Capital with the recruitment of interim staff for investment projects.

Acted for Grupa Ożarów on a dispute with the company's trade union.

Significant clients H + H Polska, Bridgestone Poznań, CMC Poland, DONG Energy Renewables Polska, Makro Cash & Carry.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Agnieszka Lisiecka is active in employment-related litigation and regularly handles disputes with trade unions on behalf of employers. "She is a strong, smart and highly skilled partner," a client enthuses, adding that she is "fully focused on results." Another interviewee says: "She is very warm and easy to talk to."

Szymon Kubiak has a broad practice encompassing employment contracts, employee benefits and negotiations with trade unions. Clients praise his "accuracy and dedication."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Highly reputed Kraków-based team acting for both domestic and international clients in relation to collective agreements and relations with trade unions. Working hours regulations, discrimination disputes and mass redundancies are also areas of expertise.

Strengths Interviewees praise the team for its client-oriented approach. "They are very flexible and look for solutions prepared only for the client. They are able to speak in client language," a client reports. "They are very service-oriented," another source confirms.

Notable practitioners  

Eminent practitioner Arkadiusz Sobczyk is known for his expert advice on the full scope of labour matters. He is the author of numerous publications on employment law. Market sources describe him as an "extremely intelligent" practitioner.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Katarzyna Dulewicz
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Warsaw and Poznań

What the team is known for Provides advice across a wide range of sectors, including financial services, consumer products and life sciences. Collective disputes, mass redundancies and immigration are areas of focus, in addition to assisting clients with employment-related disputes. Additionally handles the recruitment and dismissal of management board members.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the team offers detailed and practical advice. "They are incredibly responsive and thorough," an interviewee reports, adding: "They have a good grasp of nuance and present a different range of options for every situation."

Sources also highlight the lawyers' client management skills, saying: "They are a very efficient and friendly team to work with."

Work highlights Advised AXA on the dismissal of a CEO of six companies and the appointment of a new CEO.

Represented GE in negotiations with five trade unions concerning staff redundancies.

Significant clients Coca-Cola, B2 Holding, Euler Hermes, BASE, CompatibL Technologies.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Katarzyna Dulewicz is described by sources as "very personable, knowledgeable and down-to-earth." "She is very responsible, efficient and customer-focused," a client says. Her broad expertise includes executive recruitment and dismissals, employment contracts and employee benefits. Her recent highlights include advising the US Embassy in Poland on employee working hours and remuneration as well as contract terminations.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Robust practice group with extensive experience of advising clients on employment matters connected with corporate restructurings. Crisis management and internal investigations are also areas of specialisation. Boasts niche expertise in remuneration benefits in the banking and finance sector.

Strengths Sources consider the department's commercial thinking and availability to be key strengths. "They have excellent business acumen and great practical thinking. They are very approachable as well and always ready to pick up the phone," clients report.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek assists clients from a wide range of sectors with employment matters related to corporate transactions and company restructurings. She is also well versed in trade union negotiations, discrimination disputes and employee data protection. "She is super-accurate, very solution-focused and client-oriented," an interviewee reports, adding: "She is really open and easy to talk to."

Counsel Agnieszka Fedor is active in advising clients on the full scope of employment matters pertaining to corporate transactions. She also acts for employers on disputes with trade unions. Sources value her for being "very open-minded."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Well-known specialist employment firm recognised for its litigation skills and representation of employees. Also advises clients on trade union matters and employment contracts.

Notable practitioners  

Senior statesman Waldemar Gujski is described by sources as "very sensible and commercial." He is a well-established figure in employment-related litigation.

Dawid Jakub Zdebiak enjoys a strong reputation in the market for his handling of contentious matters. Sources say he is an "excellent litigator" and "very pleasant to work with."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Roch Pałubicki
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Warsaw, Poznań, Katowice and Wrocław

What the team is known for Broad offering in employment law, including advice on employee agreements, contract terminations and litigation. Provides an effective service on corporate transactions and restructurings. Expertise also includes internal investigations and white-collar crime matters.

Strengths Clients praise the team's proactivity. "They were very helpful and fast to get things done. They expressed themselves in clear and straightforward language," sources report.  

Work highlights Acted for SKOK Polska in relation to disputes with former high-level employees.

Significant clients Mars, Kellogg, Mattel, Schweppes, Nike.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Roch Pałubicki assists clients with negotiating matters ranging from management contracts to employee benefits. He is described by sources as "very business-oriented and pleasant to work with." Clients also commend his "strategic thinking."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ewa Łachowska-Brol
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Effective team with substantial experience in employment restructuring, including employee transfers, redundancies and working hours. Also represents clients in disputes over employment contracts and remuneration.

Strengths Clients praise the team's responsiveness and communication style. "They are strong communicators who are good at getting things done. They are very responsive, timely and quick in delivering work," an interviewee reports.

Significant clients Samsung Electronics, Burda, CenturyLink, Renold.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Ewa Łachowska Brol has a broad practice encompassing employee transfers, recruitment, managerial contracts and internal regulations. "She is very easy to talk to and understands the particulars of each situation very quickly," clients report. "When it comes to general strategic issues, she is the person in charge," another interviewee says.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Alicja Pawelec
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Respected boutique firm advising companies on the full scope of employment matters, including negotiating employee benefits and relations with trade unions. Pension schemes are a particular area of focus. Also enjoys a strong reputation in employment-related litigation.

Strengths Interviewees value the team's clarity and practical advice. "They are fast at responding and the advice they provide gets straight to the point. You always receive clear recommendations regarding the next steps," a client comments.

Notable practitioners  

Alicja Pawelec is the key contact for client enquiries.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Piotr Rawski
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Solid practice group advising on a range of employment matters, including employment aspects of corporate transactions and mass redundancies. Broad client base includes companies from the IT, financial services and retail sectors.

Strengths The team is valued for its availability and pragmatic approach. "They are always very responsive, knowledgeable and practical," clients report.

"They gave clear answers to questions and were proactive," other interviewees note.

Work highlights Advised Cameron Romania on employment matters connected with the restructuring of its activities in Poland.

Significant clients Aon, Amazon.com, BioGen, 3M, Gartner.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Piotr Rawski is well versed in collective and individual redundancies. He also advises clients on employment matters related to company restructurings.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Tomasz Derda
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Active in cross-border employment matters, including employee transfers and company restructurings. Adept at handling redundancies and employment-related litigation. Bullying, harassment and work accidents are additional areas of specialisation.

Strengths Interviewees commend the team for its proactive approach. "They are very fast and responsive, take the initiative in pushing processes forward and delivering good content," clients say.

Work highlights Advised Stryker Polska on the elaboration of incentive schemes for employees, including bonuses and commissions.

Significant clients Bridgepoint, Alior Bank, Penta Investment, Mentor Graphics, Netcompany Solutions.

Notable practitioners  

Tomasz Derda is a key contact for clients.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Full-service employment team advising clients on matters including trade union and employee relations, pensions and employee benefits. Also offers expertise in the employment aspects of M&A and discrimination-related disputes.

Strengths The team is singled out by clients for its thorough advice. "We really appreciated the way they approached the case and the level of detail they provided," sources say.

Work highlights Assisted Aon EMEA with recruiting, dismissing and remunerating key executives and developing a new employment structure.

Advised PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna on employment matters related to a company restructuring.

Significant clients Affidea, Castorama, Amgen, Levi Strauss Poland, Raytheon.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak advises domestic and international clients from a broad range of sectors, including financial services, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. "She is always available and very quick to deliver work," one interviewee says, adding: "She is extremely diligent and always goes the extra mile for her clients."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Bogusław Kapłon
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Warsaw, Poznań and Wrocław

What the team is known for Compact team providing clients with expert advice on collective work agreements, negotiations with trade unions and employment-related litigation. Expertise also encompasses discrimination matters, employee benefits and immigration.

Work highlights Advised Toyota on the transfer of employees from a Polish branch of Toyota Europe (Belgium) to Toyota's local Polish subsidiary.

Represented Imperial Group in court disputes over driver remuneration.

Significant clients Saint-Gobain, Lidl, SABMiller, Promedica, ABB.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Bogusław Kapłon focuses his practice on employee benefits, collective bargaining agreements and employment restructuring. His recent highlights include the representation of Axtone in an industrial dispute with trade unions and remuneration negotiations.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department:
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Active in handling employment matters connected with M&A and company restructurings. Well versed in litigation related to bullying, harassment and discrimination claims. Also represents employers in disputes with former employees.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's timeliness and attention to detail. "They are careful, thorough, available and give quick responses." 

Work highlights Advised TrueBlue on employee transfers resulting from the company acquiring a business in Poland.

Assisted MicroStrategy with establishing a global employment policy including remuneration rules, employee contracts and working hours.

Significant clients KGHM Polska Miedź, Disney, Sappi Europe, Roche Diabetes Care, AstraZeneca.

Notable practitioners   

Since publication, Patrycja Zawirska has joined Zawirska Gąsior.

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Senior Statesmen

Gujski, Zdebiak Kancelaria adwokacko-radcowska sp. p.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior statesman Waldemar Gujski is described by sources as "very sensible and commercial." He is a well-established figure in employment-related litigation.

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Eminent Practitioner

A Sobczyk i Wspólpracownicy Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Arkadiusz Sobczyk is known for his expert advice on the full scope of labour matters. He is the author of numerous publications on employment law. Market sources describe him as an "extremely intelligent" practitioner.

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Band 1

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Katarzyna Dulewicz is described by sources as "very personable, knowledgeable and down-to-earth." "She is very responsible, efficient and customer-focused," a client says. Her broad expertise includes executive recruitment and dismissals, employment contracts and employee benefits. Her recent highlights include advising the US Embassy in Poland on employee working hours and remuneration as well as contract terminations.

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Band 1

Wardyński & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Agnieszka Lisiecka is active in employment-related litigation and regularly handles disputes with trade unions on behalf of employers. "She is a strong, smart and highly skilled partner," a client enthuses, adding that she is "fully focused on results." Another interviewee says: "She is very warm and easy to talk to."

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Band 1

Raczkowski Paruch

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Bartłomiej Raczkowski is praised by clients for being "really excellent, practical and pragmatic." Sources also describe him as "a strong personality who is appreciated in negotiations." He advises clients on the full spectrum of employment law.

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Band 2

Wardyński & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Szymon Kubiak has a broad practice encompassing employment contracts, employee benefits and negotiations with trade unions. Clients praise his "accuracy and dedication."

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Band 2

Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Ewa Łachowska Brol has a broad practice encompassing employee transfers, recruitment, managerial contracts and internal regulations. "She is very easy to talk to and understands the particulars of each situation very quickly," clients report. "When it comes to general strategic issues, she is the person in charge," another interviewee says.

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Band 2

Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek assists clients from a wide range of sectors with employment matters related to corporate transactions and company restructurings. She is also well versed in trade union negotiations, discrimination disputes and employee data protection. "She is super-accurate, very solution-focused and client-oriented," an interviewee reports, adding: "She is really open and easy to talk to."

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Band 2

Raczkowski Paruch

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sławomir Paruch is particularly well versed in collective disputes and handles negotiations effectively with trade unions on behalf of employers. Clients appreciate that "he has vast knowledge and is business-oriented."

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Band 3

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Agnieszka Fedor is active in advising clients on the full scope of employment matters pertaining to corporate transactions. She also acts for employers on disputes with trade unions. Sources value her for being "very open-minded."

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Band 3

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak

From the Chambers Europe guide

New joiner Anna Hałas-Krawczyk of Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak is a respected employment law practitioner and is highly commended by peers. She is particularly experienced in handling management contracts and employee incentive schemes.

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Band 3

Iwona Jaroszewska-Ignatowska

Labour Law Office Iwona Jaroszewska-Ignatowska

From the Chambers Europe guide

Iwona Jaroszewska-Ignatowska of Labour Law Office enjoys an excellent reputation in the market for her broad-ranging expertise in employment law. Working hours, employment termination and negotiations with trade unions are among her areas of expertise. She is described by sources as "a very good practitioner."

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Band 3

Kruk i Partnerzy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Magdalena Kruk of Kruk i Partnerzy is recommended for her active employment law practice.

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Band 3

DLA Piper Wiater sp.k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak advises domestic and international clients from a broad range of sectors, including financial services, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. "She is always available and very quick to deliver work," one interviewee says, adding: "She is extremely diligent and always goes the extra mile for her clients."

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Band 3

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Roch Pałubicki assists clients with negotiating matters ranging from management contracts to employee benefits. He is described by sources as "very business-oriented and pleasant to work with." Clients also commend his "strategic thinking."

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Piotr Rawski is well versed in collective and individual redundancies. He also advises clients on employment matters related to company restructurings.

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Band 3

Kancelaria Prawa Pracy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anna Telec of Kancelaria Prawa Pracy is noted for her wealth of experience in employment-related contentious matters. A former judge, she is described by a source as "an experienced employment lawyer," while another values her "insight into how the courts think."

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Band 3

Zawirska Gąsior

From the Chambers Europe guide

Patrycja Zawirska co-established Zawirska Gąsior employment law boutique in February 2017. She has a notable track record advising clients on collective disputes and negotiations with trade unions. Interviewees describe her as "pragmatic and solution-driven" and others highlight her "kindness and ethical approach." Other sources say: "She is very knowledgeable and commercial."

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Band 3

Gujski, Zdebiak Kancelaria adwokacko-radcowska sp. p.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dawid Jakub Zdebiak enjoys a strong reputation in the market for his handling of contentious matters. Sources say he is an "excellent litigator" and "very pleasant to work with."

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Band 4

Raczkowski Paruch

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources hail Katarzyna Dobkowska as "a very dynamic and respected employment lawyer." Clients value that she is "easy to reach and work with" and "has a business approach to issues."

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Band 4

Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Bogusław Kapłon focuses his practice on employee benefits, collective bargaining agreements and employment restructuring. His recent highlights include the representation of Axtone in an industrial dispute with trade unions and remuneration negotiations.

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Band 4

Baran Książek Bigaj & Wujczyk Kancelaria Prawna Sp. K.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daniel Książek of Książek Bigaj Wujczyk Kancelaria Prawna Sp. K. is noted for his active litigation practice related to employment law. He advises a broad range of domestic and international clients.

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Band 4

Orłowski, Patulski, Walczak Sp z o.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Grzegorz Orłowski of Orłowski, Patulski, Walczak Sp z o.o. is said to be "very up to date" by sources who go on to say: "He gives convincing views." He is valued for his academic contributions to employment law.

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Up and Coming

Squire Patton Boggs Święcicki Krześniak sp.k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Małgorzata Grzelak of Squire Patton Boggs Święcicki Krześniak sp.k. has expertise in matters ranging from mass redundancies and negotiations with trade unions to employee transfers, data protection and immigration. "She is very thorough and anticipates clients' concerns," sources report. "She is business-oriented, very communicative and friendly," one client says. Another praises her "economic sensitivity and creativity" and says: "She often proposes solutions perfectly suited for the customer."

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Associates to watch

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Agnieszka Szczodra-Hajduk of Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP has a broad practice encompassing management contracts, employment-related litigation, and health and safety matters. "She is easy to talk to and approachable," a client reports, who also highlights her "courage and out-of-the-box thinking." Sources commend her "supportive attitude and patience."

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