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The trend that has been redefining the legal landscape in Poland can be described in a single word: change. Whether it included amending the rules for the conveyance of agricultural land, introducing controversial banking tax legislation or altering the employment regulation on zero-hours contracts, new government policies have impacted corporates and legal practitioners alike.
The energy sector was affected by a political shift towards conventional energy sources. With the updated regulation, new onshore wind energy projects were effectively halted, creating uncertainty for lawyers specialising in renewable energy. Conversely, there is renewed interest in the coal, gas and offshore energy space. Both trends are likely to generate work for years to come for energy and restructuring practitioners alike.
Work in the capital markets space remains challenging, particularly on the equity front, with the uncertain future of the Warsaw Stock Exchange causing headaches to domestic and international investors.
The real estate market remains buoyant –especially in the office and retail space – not only in Warsaw but also in other cities, despite some predictions that the property bubble would burst.
Chadbourne & Parke exited the Polish market; the firm now operates as Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.k.. Noerr acquired DJBW, expanding its operations in Poland, particularly in the banking sector. In other news, Sławomir Szepietowski was appointed managing partner at Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k., following Maciej Gawroński’s departure to Maruta Wachta sp. j..
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As an employer it is vital that you are informed on new labour law related issues that could negatively affect your organisation. In this legal insights we explore a number of these important legal points. read more...
By its judgment dated 19 June 2015 entered in the case brought by Jan Rokita against Konrad Kornatowski (former Police Commander in Chief), the Regional Court in Warsaw allowed the claim and rendered unenforceable the 2009 judgment of the Court of Appeal ordering Jan Rokita to make a statement of apology to Konrad Kornatowski in Dziennik newspaper.
On 13 August 2015, the Court of Appeal in Warsaw dismissed in its entirety an action brought by the General Inspectorate for Road Transport against Robert Feluś and Grzegorz Jankowski for publication of a correction to the press release entitled “Libacja inspektorów od radarów ”. The article was published in “Fakt Gazeta Codzienna” on 27 September 2013.
On 26 June 2015, the Regional Court in Warsaw dismissed in its entirety a claim filed by Katarzyna Tusk against Ringier Axel Springer Polska (RASP) represented by Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners Law Firm.
On 1 October 2015, the Court of Appeal in Warsaw reversed the judgment of the Regional Court in Warsaw announced on 2 February 2015 in the case brought by Marek Falenta against Michał Wodziński (the former editor of Fakt.pl) and dismissed the action for publication, on the fakt.pl portal, of corrections to the following press articles: “Tak żyje kelner od afery taśmowej” (“This Is How the Tape Scandal Waiter Lives”), “Tak ”Król węgla” chciał obalić Tuska?” (“Is This How the ‘Coal King’ Wanted to Overthrow Tusk?”), “Węglowy król: jakie ma haki na premiera?” (“The Coal King: What Does He Have on the Prime Minister?”), “Adwokat Falenty z pluskwą w teczce?” (“Falenta’s Lawyer With a Bug in His Briefcase?”), “Nowa hipoteza: Trio frustratów stoi za taśmami” (“The New Hypothesis: There’s a Trio of Frustrated People Behind the Tapes”), “Tak mieszka król węgla od afery taśmowej” (“This Is How the Tape Scandal Coal King Lives”).
As the modern business services market continues to experience explosive growth in Poland, it is worth keeping in mind the legal issues surrounding practices related to monitoring of employees. The line between lawful and unlawful monitoring practices is at times unclear, and issues of personal data protection also must be kept in mind.
Personal data protection generates a large number of difficulties in the day-to-day activity of service centres. This results from the complicated processes surrounding the processing of personal data in international corporations and the unique nature of the BPO/SSC industry, but also from the restrictive requirements of Polish law regarding personal data.
New minimum wage act sets lowest hourly remuneration for workers at Euro 8.50 from 1 January 2015. This regulation will have crucial impact on undertakings from other countries providing their services in Germany. Foreign employers will have to comply with the new law and pay their employees staying in Germany at least Euro 8.50 per hour.
The practice of entering into double net or triple net lease agreements has become fairly common in the modern commercial property market in Poland. This means that a significant majority of the costs of the upkeep of the leased property are shifted to the tenant.
New rules of statutory warranty bring longer deadlines and significantly alter the buyer's rights.
Employers ought to tread carefully when it comes to terminating an employment relationship during the probationary period, as a reduced notice period for dismissal only applies if the employment contract has been clearly drafted.
Legal 500, the world’s legal guide to the leading law firms and outstanding lawyers in over 100 jurisdictions, has recently released tiered rankings for the EMEA region for 2017. We are extremely proud that our law Firm is placed in the TOP tier rankings for Cyprus.
Igor Chumachenko for radio Business FM: courts must observe balance of interests of co-investors andVEGAS LEX partner Igor Chumachenko has commented on recovery of damages from developers for failure to meet construction deadlines for Radio Business FM.
Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd, owned by EQT VII, a fund of the private equity group EQT, and the Kuoni and Hugentobler Foundation, has entered into a binding agreement on the sale of its GTD business division (GTA) to Hotelbeds Group, owned by a consortium led by Cinven und Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). The shareholders of Kuoni Group will roll-over a large portion of their participation in GTA into the combined Hotelbeds/GTA business and upon completion, will hold a substantial minority stake in the combined Hotelbeds/GTA business. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including merger control filings and approvals.
Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of a volume on the reform of the Italian Public Procurement Code. A number of experts in Administrative and Public Law will contribute to the work, which is coordinated by Professor Villata.
Manager of Life sciences projects Maria Borzova has led a workshop on main trends in administrative and judicial practices in public procurement of medicines.
On 13 April, VEGAS LEX hosted the roundtable discussion “Advertising of Medicines: Good Practice Criteria?” with the participation of FAS Russia's Department for Control over Advertising and Unfair Competition. Major pharmaceutical manufacturers and representatives of professional associations took part in the discussion.
It is possible for a works council to push through the dismissal of an employee, as demonstrated by a recent ruling of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court, from March 28, 2017 (Az.: 2 AZR 551/16).
Aziz Rahman explains what those trading internationally need to do to ensure they are not targeted by money launderers.
Health claims in relation to mineral water need to be consistent with the Health Claims Regulation. This was confirmed by the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, in its ruling of January 30, 2017 (Az.: I ZR 257/15).