Next Generation Partners

Employment in Poland

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k.

The employment practice at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Bejm sp.k. is led by 'top-class strategistKatarzyna Dulewicz. The team handles trade union negotiations, employee capital pension schemes and restructuring, among other matters. Particular areas of expertise are finance (where it regularly deals with salary disputes) and retail where Primark and Hermes are key clients. Senior associate Maciej Andrzejewski and associates Tomasz Sancewicz and Agnieszka Kałwa are other important contacts.

Practice head(s):

Katarzyna Dulewicz

Other key lawyers:

Maciej Andrzejewski; Tomasz Sancewicz; Agnieszka Kałwa

Testimonials

They possess deep knowledge of Polish employment legislation and the retail sector.

They understand our business really well and stick to the ‘business first’ rule when preparing legal advice. They are ‘fresh souls’ staying away from outdated legal language and practice. They flexibly adjust to the client’s preferred ways of working.

They have a wide range of expertise, promptness in taking on research and activities, professionalism, approachability and agility.

Katarzyna Dukewich stands out for her coordination role between the different CMS branches. Agnieszka Kalwa is notable for her support during the company set-up.

Katarzyna Dulewicz – a top-class strategist able to put it into tactics; great communicator using both legal and business argumentation; positive person spreading good energy. Tomasz Sancewicz – able to build highly practical advice based on very comprehensive legal knowledge; strong business acumen; very precise in communication; asks great open questions to investigate the matter thoroughly.

Tomasz, Michal and Katarzyna – they are a great team supporting the customer on a daily basis with deep understanding of both professional advice and customer needs.

I have been working with Katarzyna Dulewicz & Tomasz Sancewicz for almost 5 years now. I always appreciate their practical approach, openness and common sense.

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

PZ Cussons

Coty

Zentiva

EGGER

Bank Pekao

Associated British Foods

TJX

Primark

Hermes

IBM

Universal Music

Polski Fundusz Rozwoju

Axel Springer

Becton Dickinson

Korn/Ferry International

Birkenstock GmbH & Co. KG

Electronic Arts Polska Sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Zentiva (Advent Int. portfolio company) on the employment aspects of the acquisition of the CEE business of a global generic and pharmaceuticals manufacturer, Alvogen.
  • Advised Primark on starting up its whole business operations in Poland and oversaw all issues connected with labour law.
  • Advised Coty on the employment aspects of a complex multinational transaction, including co-ordinating employment assistance with other CMS teams across CEE countries.

Dentons

The employment and labour team at Dentons has a strong reputation for restructuring services (collective dismissals and team transfers), designing tax-efficient structures, managing crisis situations (mobbing, harassment and white-collar crime, for example) and overseeing regional projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Led by the 'exceptionally efficient' Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek, the team counts Johnson & Johnson and Coca-Cola Services among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek

Testimonials

‘The firm has provided meaningful and very efficient legal support demonstrating a true insight knowledge and negotiation strengths in the area of local employment law. The availability of associates and completeness of the legal advice given in Poland and Czech Republic was exceptional. ’

‘Mrs. Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek provided exceptionally efficient, personal and hands-on legal assistance in a labour matter in Poland. She and her team impressed with their commitment and negotiation skills to resolve the matter at hand. Highly recommended.’

‘Aleksandra Minkowicz-lanek who leads the local employment practice makes it unique, as Aleksandra is an exceptional lawyer. She is not only a bright person and very experienced employment lawyer but also has an exceptional understanding of business needs. She definitely can think out of the box. Aleksandra has very good interpersonal skills which helps her to settle the matters which seem impossible to settle due to the high level of negative emotions between the parties. ’

‘Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek is a highlight of the employment team and a star among labour lawyers. There is no employment matter that I can imagine which I would hesitate a minute to entrust her.’

‘The team has the very broad approach to the client’s needs. They don’t only focus on the legal aspects but also are able to discuss business perspectives for the decisions made. This makes this team unique.’

‘Strong and efficient team.’

Key clients

Stadler Polska Sp. z o.o.

Stadler Środa Sp. z o.o.

Johnson&Johnson Poland Sp. z o.o.

Keyence International (Belgium) Branch in Poland

Coca-Cola Services Poland Sp. z o.o.

Enea S.A

EPAM Systems

ITI Neovision

DLA Piper

The 'extremely competent' Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak leads the standalone employment practice at DLA Piper. The team, which includes both lawyers and tax advisers, has a strong reputation for supporting clients in the day-to-day management of staff-related legal issues. The group handles individual and collective labour law, advising issues concerning trade union relations, discrimination, diversity management, pensions, benefits and workplace incentives. Senior associate Dominika Nowak is the name to note for matters concerning working time regulations and terminations. Michał Synowiec is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak

Other key lawyers:

Dominika Nowak; Michal Synowiec

Testimonials

‘They are always available and provide extremely prompt answers. My trusted partner for any labour law questions that have never failed me through the years.’

‘Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak is extremely competent and always provides great advice.’

‘The company, DLA Piper, approaches the client in a great way. They try to find out the solution with an out-of-the-box approach, if required. I can also rely on them as our trusted advisor and count on the service in a timely manner.’

‘Global perspectives due to global client base extremely commercial and pragmatic advice Applies local law against wider global business objectives and considerations.’

‘Michal Synowiec, Counsel is a safe pair of hands and highly valued for his legal and commercial insights. His ability to communicate clearly, respond quickly to and work seamlessly with an in-house legal team deserves commendation. A rising star.’

‘The team delivers timely and good quality. Very responsive and good at managing expectations. Pragmatic and collaborative.’

‘Dominika Nowak is a professional business partner to us; responsive and keeping to a high standard. I highly recommend her.’

Key clients

Amgen

Ardagh

Levi Strauss

Credit Suisse

Discovery Communications

Duracell

Elavon

Emirates Airlines

GFT

Houghton

Karmar

Levi Strauss Poland

TMF

PORR

SDL

Siemens

Revolut

Synopsys

Teatr Kwadrat

Vertex

WeWork

WizzAir

Viessmann

Raczkowski

At RaczkowskiBartłomiej Raczkowski, Dominika Dörre-Kolasa and Łukasz Kuczkowski lead the team which acts for clients including Amazon, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson and L'Oréal. Notably, it provides assistance with collective layoff processes, mobility issues (transferring jobs to other EU countries), working time matters, performance management mandates (benefits and bonus schemes) and social security. Katarzyna Dobkowska acts for domestic and international companies, which includes successful representation in employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Bartłomiej Raczkowski; Dominika Dorre-Kolasa; Łukasz Kuczkowski

Other key lawyers:

Katarzyna Dobkowska 

Testimonials

‘Highly qualified specialists. Support the business with useful and informative proposals to solve various legal issues. Quick and professional. Able to show big picture and share best practices.’

‘Great communication and responsiveness, focus on providing practical solutions. Business oriented. ’

‘Dominika Dorre Kolasa – she has been with us from the very beginning of our cooperation, great knowledge of labour law and data protection. Very experiences, focused on solutions. Reliable partner for our business.’

‘Very high substantive knowledge, practical experience in conducting client affairs. Individual approach to the customer, often going beyond the framework of the contract, which builds positive relationships and trust.’

‘Lukasz Kuczkowski The legal counsel has repeatedly represented our company in the field of labour law, especially during the pandemic, where we tried to obtain government support. It stands out for its high level of commitment and a broader view of the problem. He finds time for his clients and provides advice.’

‘Raczkowski is far ahead to the most of the legal offices and the gap between them is quite big. Raczkowski’s team is well organized, trustworthy, reliable, flexible, very solid, fast responding and available, focused on customer needs and securing customer interest as much as possible. High quality.’

‘Raczkowski want to help you, not only advise you. They feel co-responsible for decisions and consequences which are taken by their customers. That makes a big difference in comparison with other Legal offices! Customer has the impression that Raczkowski acts/ feel/ think as co- owner of the customer’s company . High entrepreneurship and holistic outlook on the organisation (not only legal but also employer branding, communication, economical and other aspects and future impacts on the organisation).’

‘Raczkowski specializes in HR law and I do not think any other company can be compared to them in this field. Recently we were cooperating mainly on employment related matters: ad hoc issues, redundancies, support with anti-crisis shields and government support related to the Covid situation.’

Key clients

Amazon

Coca-Cola HBC Polska

Johnson & Johnson Poland

L`oreal

MTV

Oracle

Oriflame Poland

Roche

Costa Limited (Costa Coffee)

Astellas

Wardynski & Partners

Led by Agnieszka Lisiecka, the employment team at Wardynski & Partners has an established reputation in a number of areas, including employment-related litigation, transactions, internal investigations and general crisis management. The practice has also expanded its focus to advise on the employment aspects of global mobility and data protection matters. The group's recent caseload includes complex sexual harassment claims alongside matters related to the termination of employment contracts, work accidents and alleged discrimination. The 'extremely competent' Szymon Kubiak is the name to note for European labour law and outsourcing issues.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Lisiecka

Other key lawyers:

Szymon Kubiak

Testimonials

‘Szymon Kubiak is certainly among top Polish employment practitioners at the same time with superb team management skills. Very knowledgeable and detail-oriented as well as pragmatic. He is also friendly, fast in response times and open, which makes him easy to work with.’

‘Agnieszka Lisiecka is a star in employment law in Poland. Being an in-house head of legal, I trust her 100%. Really good manager and lawyer, she is a good partner for discussion for top management, mid management and in-house lawyers – Agnieszka always finds a way.’

‘Agnieszka Lisiecka is the reference for labour law in Poland for me. She and her team stood by our company in many difficult negotiations with unions and successfully represented us in multiple litigations.’

‘Key individual – Agnieszka Lisiecka. Agnieszka is available and ready to discuss problems without notice. She adapts her advice to client’s expectations, what makes it more understandable for clients.’

‘Szymon Kubiak is an excellent lawyer who stands out thanks to his reliability, deep knowledge of law and ability to solve complex issues.’

‘Agnieszka Lisiecka is an experienced and excellent lawyer and in Poland second-to-none in Employment Law matters. She is a strategist.’

‘Agnieszka Lisiecka with her team remains our first contact for employment and litigation. She continues to deliver best in class service, but diving deeply into specific requests. Being a partner, she is on the other hand a kind of a star, building the team strength. She represents a model role between the client and legal firm. Extremely experienced in the area of employment, develops her entire team to achieve highly professional levels. Everybody in her team seems to copy her style.’

‘Szymon Kubiak is excellent. Having Polish and Harvard legal qualifications probably set the seeds for his understanding of international companies operating in Poland. He is extremely competent, but also prepared to nominate an associate to handle our matters when appropriate. He is always available, a clear communicator, and very responsive.’

Key clients

adidas Poland sp. z o. o.

Allfunds Bank, S.A.U.

Arvato Polska

Audytel S.A.

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

CHC Helicopter

Constantia Flexibles International GmbH

CXC Global Poland Sp. z o.o.

Dryvit Systems USA (Europe) sp. z o.o .

Fortuna online zakłady bukmacherskie sp. z o.o.

G2A.COM sp. z o.o.

JMP Flowers Ptaszek Spółka Jawna

KK Wind Solutions Polska sp. z o.o.

Konsorcjum doradczo-szkoleniowe S.A.

Makor S.A.

Ørsted A/S

Orsted Polska Sp. z o.o.

Technicolor Polska sp. z o.o.

Verifone sp. z o.o. and Verifone European Shared Services sp. z o.o.

VMWare Inc.

H+H Silikaty Sp. z o.o.

Sealed Air Polska sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Salling Group on employment and data protection matters in connection with the acquisition of Tesco Poland.
  • Pro bono representation of a journalist from Polish Radio Rzeszów branch in a dispute alleging discrimination by her employer and in an appeal against her dismissal (recognised by the court in the journalist’s favour); the journalist was removed from a live radio show after airing an unfavourable comment by a listener about the Polish President Andrzej Duda.
  • Advising a service provider on harassment and discrimination allegations involving senior personnel, which could expose the client to a significant reputational risk.

Wojewodka i Wspolnicy Sp.k.

At boutique firm Wojewodka i Wspolnicy Sp.k., employment matters are led by Marcin Wojewódka, Alicja Pawelec and Adrian Prusik. Specialising exclusively in collective and individual labour law, it assists employers in relation to benefits, relations with trade unions and other forms of worker representation. Notably, the firm has particular expertise in company pension scheme issues and handles wage negotiations, restructuring changes (Article 231 takeovers), group redundancies and due diligence.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Wojewódka; Alicja Pawelec; Adrian Prusik

Baker McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k.

Piotr Rawski and Michał Lisawa lead the employment offering at Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa. Primarily based in Warsaw (with an additional office in Lodz), the group handles routine advisory matters in addition to sensitive dismissals, restructuring, industrial relations and pension schemes. In a recent highlight the group advised on the critical HR aspects of a joint venture between GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer in the consumer healthcare sector. Notably, the firm also fields a substantive employment litigation team as well as a pensions scheme practice covering obligatory capital plans as well as voluntary programmes.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Rawski; Michał Lisawa

Testimonials

‘The answers have been provided in a very fast way and they were really accurate and adequate to the needs of the company. They approached our needs and adapted the responses to the best interests of the company ’

‘Michal Lisawa has played a magnificent role. He was reachable without the need to set an appointment first and considering the emergency situation in which we were involved, his approach and management was very useful for us.’

‘The Baker McKenzie employment law team is very responsive and has a deep understanding of the company’s business needs when delivering legal advice. The added value of their services is their ability to connect us immediately with outstanding lawyers across multiple jurisdictions who can assist us in any type of employment-related matter. ’

‘Counsel Michal Lisawa is very responsive and provides high-quality legal and strategic advice in relation to a wide range of employment law matters. In case of potentially contentious situations he focuses not only on the purely legal aspects of the case but also gives guidance on how to manage and deescalate the situation.’

Key clients

Amazon

Broadcom

Accenture

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

TikTok (ByteDance)

CBRE

Swarovski

Inditex

Astellas Pharma

Biogen

Standard Chartered

Work highlights

  • Assisting Amazon with a wide range of employment matters on a continuous basis, including operating a permanent Helpline for Amazon HR and Legal on individual employment cases as well as supporting Amazon Legal with strategic advice on the implementation of global and regional projects.
  • Assisting Broadcom with all employment aspects in Poland of the acquisition of Symantec’s security business, including legal integration, transfer of employees, relations with trade union, HR policies as well as post-transaction collective dismissals procedure and other restructuring measures.
  • Assisting GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in all Polish HR aspects of setting up and restructuring a world-leading joint venture between GSK and Pfizer in the consumer healthcare business.

Baran Książek & Bigaj

The employment team at Baran Książek & Bigaj recently gained AstraZeneca, Siemens and the Ministry of Finance as new clients, further adding to an already impressive client portfolio. Led by Daniel Książek, the team represents employer interests in sectors including energy and retail as well as providing ongoing legal advice to the National Labour Inspectorate. Notably,  it has also launched a practice group which focuses on preventing discrimination, exclusion and racism in the workplace. This move effectively complements the firm's substantive litigation practice, one which has secured recurrent successes at the Supreme Administrative Court. In 2020, Cracow-based Kajetan Bartosiak was promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Książek

Other key lawyers:

Kajetan Bartosiak

Testimonials

‘They are not only knowledgeable, but also trustful and very pragmatic. I value the most that they put the interest of the client as the ultimate priority. As a client I could fully trust them and rely on their recommendation as I was always presented with few options and justification of risks in each of them and also suggestions on mitigation of those risks. Best employment advice I ever received. Fast, reliable and best value for the price. Trustworthy and reliable.’

‘Partners in that firm are open for collaboration and cooperation. They are up to date with the knowledge and the practice in area of the labour law. Their knowledge in area of social partners is quite unique. ’

‘Mr Daniel Książek is a very unique person. With his broad knowledge combined with business acumen he is one of the best legal counsels I’ve met. He is not only good at the legal part but has broad knowledge of psychology and the economy.’

‘The co-operation with Baran Ksiazek Bigaj law firm is very successful due to their deep knowledge of employment law and market practices. They propose solutions based on experience from different markets.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca Pharma Poland sp. z o.o.

Ministry of Finance

Siemens

HemPoland sp. z o.o.

Santander Bank Polska S.A.

Bank Ochrony Środowiska S.A.

Baxter Poland sp. z o.o.

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

CAN-PACK S.A.

Credit Agricole Bank Polska S.A.

Diagnostyka sp. z o.o.

DHL Express Poland sp. z o.o.

Expeditors Polska sp. z o.o.

Grupa Kęty S.A.

IKEA Retail sp. z o.o.

IKEA Trading Services sp. z o.o.

IKEA Distribution Services sp. z o.o.

IKEA Business Service Centre sp. z o.o.

Inter IKEA Centre Polska S.A.

Lotos Group S.A.

LG Electronics Mława sp. z o.o.

Medicover sp. z o.o.

Nutricia Polska sp. z o.o.

ORLEN S.A.

PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A.

Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A. (PGNiG)

Pfizer Polska sp. z o.o.

Pfizer Trading Polska sp. z o.o.

PKC Group Poland p. z o.o

PKO Bank Polski S.A.

PORR Polska Infrastruture S.A.

Sanofi-Aventis sp. z o.o.

SONY sp. z o.o.

Stock Polska sp. z o.o.

Tesco Polska sp. z o.o.

Tesco Dys

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in the retail sector in cases concerning LBGT rights in workplace.
  • Advising the Association of Energy Employers on its registration.

CDZ Chajec, Don-Siemion & Partners

Led by Ewa Don-Siemion and Piotr Kryczek, the employment team at CDZ Chajec, Don-Siemion & Partners assists clients with all aspects of individual and collective relations. In particular, it provides both strategic and routine advice on matters including TUPE transfers, M&A transactions, cost optimisation and working time issues. The group also has expertise in outsourcing, group layoffs and the legal complexities of foreign secondments. A noted member of INTERLAW, the team handles multi-jurisdictional transactions for shared service centres in CEE and regularly supports international companies entering the Polish market.

Practice head(s):

Ewa Don-Siemion; Piotr Kryczek,

Key clients

AON

Alexander Mann Solutions

Computacenter Poland

Schibsted Tech Polska

Booking.com B.V.

Grid Dynamics

OCADO Technology

MAKINO Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised AON on employment matters related to operating a shared service centre in Poland, including implementing the hiring strategy.
  • Advised Grid Dynamics on a HR growth strategy, in particular on a hiring model for IT employees in the context of new IP regulations.  
  • Advised on all employment aspects related to operating a business services centre in Poland.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka

At Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka, labour and employment issues are led by industrial relations expert Boguslaw Kaplon. Combining expertise in social security, tax, unfair competition and criminal law, the team covers a broad range of work. In particular, it advises on collective work agreements, restructurings, site regulations, retirement schemes and financial issues such as stock option plans. The team also has expertise in safety matters as well as issues surrounding discrimination and the complexities of business immigration. Social security specialist Agata Mierzwa is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Boguslaw Kaplon

Other key lawyers:

Agata Mierzwa

Testimonials

‘Fast, accurate, practical and business-oriented advice. Good understanding of the client’s needs and business.’

‘Agata Mierzwa – professional lawyer with a good understanding of local markets.’

Key clients

Toyota

Mousquetaires Group

Alpega

Gates

Muller – die Lila Logistik

Work highlights

  • Advised Toyota in relation to redundancies and support for public assistance in light of Covid-19.
  • Advised Mousquetaires Group (brands as Intermarche and Bricomarche) on employment issues in two main areas: litigation with the chief of the trade union and negotiations with the trade union on company regulations.
  • Assisted Alpega with the process of limiting its activities in Poland. This  involved transferring its core business to Spain (including the relocation of several Polish employees) and providing comprehensive assistance in a collective redundancy process.

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k. has particular experience in handling the employment aspects of M&A transactions impacting the Polish market. Led by the 'very skilled and knowledgeable professional' Anna Halas-Krawczyk, the team assists clients with deal structuring, due diligence, negotiations, post-closing advice as well as incentive and retention schemes. Utilising the firm's significant transatlantic network, the team is able to work on significant cross-border matters for companies including Citibank, Porsche and Lee Hecht Harrison.

Practice head(s):

Anna Hałas-Krawczyk

Testimonials

‘Excellent legal expertise, dialogue oriented and very supportive in projects. ’

They are great negotiators and helped us to finalize the dispute with unions very effectively. What differentiates them from other lawyers is their communications skills which allow them to provide the most complex advice in clear and concise manner. We also appreciate Greenberg’s organization and coordination skills.

‘Anna Halas-Krawczyk has a high level of professional knowledge and experience, sound judgment, very good communications skills (i.e. clear expression and concise style). She is also very business oriented and always understands what we need.’

‘Members have all necessary skills to play not only the role of risk spotters, but general advisors, strategic partners and business enablers, delivering comprehensive legal services and support. Have a wide range of contacts in various institutions, organizations, businesses ’

‘Our partner (Mrs. Anna Halas-Krawczyk) guarantees combination of the in-depth knowledge of the law/codes and the businesses. Excellent negotiating skills. Handling issues holistically. Finding/creating values and protecting the company’s reputation, if necessary. Provides an outstanding level of legal service.’

‘Greenberg’s Employment practice has best-of-breed, unique expertise in the area of executive compensation/equity incentives/contracting, which is combined with real life experience and practical, down-to-earth advice. This area is very important for Private Equity firms and Greenberg has the market.’

‘Anna Halas-Krawczyk brings years of expertise and knowledge in the field of executive matters (including option schemes and equity incentives as well as regulatory requirements) combined with excellent negotiation skills and great understanding of business reality, which is a unique blend.’

‘I worked mainly with Anna Halas-Krawczyk and the experience was very positive. Anna was easily accessible despite her seniority. What made her really stand out from my perspective was that (i) Anna was able to guide me in a non-patronising way through areas where I lacked experience / knowledge and (ii) was a great listener and quick-learner when it came to understanding how our organisation worked and how the management programme she was working with was constructed. ’

‘The project was led in a very efficient matter, GT presented a high degree of competence and creativity, and good understanding of our business. GT is rather focusing on solving matters quickly instead of prolonging discussions which is what we, as a client, expected. Their comments and advices were thoughtful and they made useful inputs in the environment of dynamic negotiations.’

‘Our tight schedule in respect to the project demanded hard work from Anna Halas-Krawczyk and her team, and they stood to the occasion. Anna demonstrated a very good leadership navigating with quite a lot of parties involved in the project. I also appreciated Anna’

‘Very customer oriented always ready when needed practical support quick exchanges ’

‘Anna Halas-Krawczyk – Anna led the efforts on the employment-related elements of our transactions and has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She’s very skilled and knowledgeable professional and has been communicating very well throughout the processes. She makes sure to address relevant issues in the appropriate level of detail and complexity and never fails to provide further explanations and her own proposal/advice. ’

‘The GT employment practice’s particular strength are management incentive schemes and share option plans for senior management. Due to the strong M&A background they perfectly understand the business rationale of each project and are able to precisely reflect the business needs in legal documentation. They are clearly aiming at finding a solution and are not overcomplicating things. Another strong side is handling difficult situations ’

‘Anna Halas-Krawczyk, the head of the practice is a good negotiator and an amazing person as well. She handles effectively negotiations with top level managers, contributing to finalize the deal with the best in class style and approach. Great understating of the business needs of the client.’

‘Very proactive in looking for the best solutions of problems. Take care of the clients’ business giving many perspectives (not only a legal one, but also a business one). Knowledge of legal employment issues which are quite “difficult” as not so much developed in Poland yet (i.e. mobbing issues).’

‘Anna Halas Krawczyk is the attorney in Greenberg Traurig I cooperate with the most frequently. Very professional, open, communicative, supportive. Very flexible when it comes to the availability. She helped me with many employees’ issues taking into consideration not only legal aspects, but also aspects of the company’s reputation and long term employer branding perspective.’

‘The Greenberg Traurig employment team has thorough experience in their practice area, well exceeding the knowledge of laws and precedents. They act as business counsel, capable of providing very practical advice.’

‘Our main point of contact was Anna Halas-Krawczyk, whose expertise and deal making, proactive attitude was essential in order to reach agreement on crucial tasks. I would highly recommend her to anyone requiring these sort of legal services.’

Key clients

WING Group

Citibank – Bank Handlowy w Warszawie

Madison Capital

Innova Capital

CVC Capital Partners

Żabka Polska sp. z o.o.

Porsche Inter Auto Polska (Volkswagen Group)

Lee Hecht Harrison LLC

Murapol S.A.

Chipita Poland

PKP Energetyka S.A.

Eltel Group

GLP

Omada

Pro-bono clients

Abris Capital Partners

OTB Ventures

CEDC International (Roust Group)

AnaCap Financial Partners

Techland sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised WING Group on management contracts and management incentive schemes for the top management of Echo Investment S.A within the transaction to indirectly acquire 55.95% of the shares of Echo Investment S.A.
  • Advised Lee Hecht Harrison (Adecco Group company) on the acquisition of Development & Business Consulting Gniazdowski i Partnerzy sp.k. and engagement of DBM Partners after the acquisition.
  • Advised CVC Capital Partners on a multi-jurisdiction transaction relating to the departure of a senior manager of one of the fund’s Polish portfolio companies and settlement relating to the manager’s participation in the long-term incentive scheme.

Zawirska Ruszczyk Gąsior radcowie prawni i adwokaci sp. p.

Boutique employment practice Zawirska Ruszczyk Gąsior radcowie prawni i adwokaci sp. p. fields a team led by Patrycja Zawirska, Grzegorz Ruszczyk and Krzysztof Gąsior. Representing major clients such as The Walt Disney Company, Epson, Elsevier and QVC, it handles substantive reorganisation and restructuring processes, helps manage relations with employee representatives and assists employers with working time matters. Notably, the offering has a strong reputation for its expertise in sensitive disputes such as work accidents, discrimination, mobbing and breaches of trade secrets.

Practice head(s):

Patrycja Zawirska; Grzegorz Ruszczyk; Krzysztof Gąsior

Testimonials

‘The firm is extremely collaborative, and provides extremely detailed, practical, and timely advice every single time. I have worked with law firms of all sizes all around the world and no law firm has come close to this one when it comes to timeliness and practicality of advice.’

‘I would like to name Patrycja Zawirska and Krzysztof Gąsior as great individuals to work with: – professional – competent – profound knowledge – very responsive – intercultural competence – trustful partners’

‘Zawirska Ruszczyk Gasior is the law firm that provides very solid and client-oriented advice as regards employment matters. They are concentrated on solving the client’s problem, with a very personal approach, solid knowledge and experience.’

‘Patrycja Zawirska is a great specialist and fantastic lawyer with a very through knowledge of employment law issues. She has a unique approach to the clients and is focused on problem solving. Krzsztof Gąsior also has very solid legal knowledge, he is very responsive and ready to help despite short deadlines and urgency. They are a great team of lawyers.’

‘Grzegorz Ruszczyk – professional lawyer, very practical, very good knowledge of the employment market.’

‘This boutique provides full-service employment law advice. A very strong, professional team and easy to work with. Their work is always completed to a very high standard. The team has grown bigger and there are new good and experienced lawyers on board. They are securing a really strong position in the market.’

‘Patrycja Zawirska with whom I have worked the most is an extremely competent and intelligent lawyer, a true expert in her field. She can find very good and workable solutions even in the most difficult situations. She understands the practical needs of the business. I truly appreciate her proactive and business-oriented approach. She deeply engages in entrusted matters’.

‘Patrycja Zawirska – quick responses, complex and well-structured advice: a pragmatic approach. Grzegorz Ruszczyk – business oriented solutions, practical and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Elsevier (RBI, RELX, LexisNexis)

The Walt Disney Company

Carrier (United Technologies Corporation Company)

Roche Diabetes Care

Makita

FAI Service

Epson

Dale of Norway – services rendered through PATH Augustyniak, Hatylak I Wspólnicy sp. k.

Danfoss

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A. (PSE S.A.)

Inventage

QVC

Veka Polska

Zenloop

Work highlights

  • Advised Polish entities from Danfoss capital group on all employment and labour law matters.
  • Advised Roche Diabetes Care in Poland on all employment and labour law matters.
  • Advised Elsevier Poland on all employment and labour law matters.

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.

The team at Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. covers the full spectrum of employment matters. In particular, it assists clients with benefits and incentives, TUPE transfers, pension schemes, social security, industrial relations and litigation. Karolina Stawicka leads the 'very responsive' team and has a strong reputation for her ability to handle collective redundancies.

Practice head(s):

Karolina Stawicka

Other key lawyers:

Paulina Grotkowska; Paula Koczara

Testimonials

‘The legal services provided remain at the highest level, thus taking into account business needs. Deep analysis of the problem and at the same time quick reaction and excellent contact.’

‘Pro-active team under strong leadership creates feeling of boutique/dedicated support. ’

‘Close working relationship. Team lawyers feel like members of own in house legal team.’

‘Karolina Stawicka’s team not only provides us with knowledge of labour law, but also supports decision-making through practical explanations. ’

‘Very responsive and seek to provide creative solutions to challenging scenarios. Adept at assisting with fast moving and changeable landscapes.’

‘The team has deep knowledge about our organization what is a significant advantage and helps to provide tailor-made legal advise.’

‘Excellent knowledge of Labour Law, the jurisprudence along with the latest trends in this area. Business approach. Giving not only legal advice but solutions. ’

‘Karolina’s team is growing and providing intuitive and interesting solutions for clients.’

‘Karolina Stawicka – professional, supportive. ’

‘Number one is engagement in work, all team members of Bird & Bird show the highest engagement. Then the creativity in approaching the problem, by creativity I mean more then just legal point of view, it’s a combination of business perspective human element and sure the final legal result. Last but not least are the competences the team I’m working with is bringing to the table. ’

‘Karolina Stawicka, as the head of the practice, managed to build a team consisting of top-ranking specialists with extensive experience, knowledge and business oriented attitude.’

‘We have been working with B&B on the employment issues. Paula Koczara and Karolina Terech have provided us with smart solutions that we have not even considered before. One of their biggest assets is exceptional quality of advice they provide. ’

‘We are delighted to have an opportunity to work with Ms Paula Koczara. She is very talented and highly skilful lawyer. Her exceptional legal knowledge is very impressive. Also, she is one of the nicest person I have worked with. Working with Paula is a great pleasure.’

‘Along with being consummate professionals, this team provides great expertise and knowledge, along reasonable and practical guidance to clients on how to navigate the nuances of this market. The team acts as a great partner for clients and is willing to pull out the stops to deliver. The team is wonderful to work with even under the most challenging circumstances or deadlines.’

‘Karolina Stawicka and Paulina Grotkowska are like virtual members of the EMEA benefits deployment team. We enjoy working with them and appreciate the synergy between the way they work with us and our company’s core values and culture where respect, integrity and fun are cornerstones. We appreciate their constructive honesty and guidance and willingness to set us straight when necessary because of the wonderfully constructive manner they do so.

We have worked extensively with this team over the past two years on matters and have developed a wonderful rapport and understanding of the best way to do business together. It is great to have a trusted partner. ’

Key clients

Workday Group

Allianz Group

Coca-Cola HBC Polska

Perform Content Poland

Remitly Poland

BBDO Group Poland (Omnicom Group)

Cadence Design Systems Inc.

OpenX

Axell Logistics

Dayco Group

SAS Institute

PZU Group

Wildberries

Work highlights

  • Advised Danaher Group on the employment aspects of the global purchase of the life sciences business of General Electric with a total value of approximately $20bn.
  • Supported Wildberries on its expansion in the European markets, including Poland, which included designing the client’s business model by setting up the pick-up points and couriers’ network.
  • Advised Coca-Cola HBC on the an educational on-line campaign concerning anti-discrimination and anti-harassment for Poland and the Baltic states for over 500 employees.

Clifford Chance

Counsel Tomasz Derda leads the employment team at Clifford Chance. The group, which acts for a significant number of private equity funds, regularly assists with contract terminations and the preparation of management incentives. In addition, the team handles reputation sensitive cases in relation to bullying, discrimination, union disputes and covers pre-court negotiations, internal investigations and cooperation with forensic auditors. The team is also increasingly instructed to handle matters relating to fatal accident inquiries. Grzegorz Nowaczek and Aleksandra Ulatowska are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Tomasz Derda

Other key lawyers:

Grzegorz Nowaczek; Aleksandra Ulatowska

Testimonials

‘I cooperated with Mr. Grzegorz Nowaczek and Mrs. Aleksandra Ulatowska. They both approached the problem professionally.’

‘A highly responsive team that provides pragmatic and high quality advice.’

‘Tomasz Derda – very approachable, sharp and pragmatic lawyer. He is able to quickly find solutions for complex matters.

Grzegorz Nowaczek – very responsive and diligent lawyer. ’

Key clients

Naspers

Bridgepoint Advisers Limited

Allegro.pl

Waterland

Arvato

CBRE Global Investors and CBRE Global Investors Administration

Stryker Polska

Prologis Management

Mentor Graphics Poland

Two Sigma

Work highlights

  • Advised Naspers on employment law in Poland, including assisting with the termination of employment contracts and the redrafting of template employment contracts.
  • Advised Stryker Polska on the dismissal of employees, disciplinary procedures and various employment issues related to the Covid-19 epidemic.
  • Advised Prologis Management on restructuring matters, social security law issues and the redrafting of Prologis’ European template employment contracts.

Eversheds Sutherland Poland

The employment team at Eversheds Sutherland Poland is led by restructuring specialist Ewa Łachowska-Brol. In addition to experience in labour disputes and employee transfers, it also handles collective and individual redundancies, dismissals, incentive schemes, working time requirements, and internal audits. Counsel Adam Nierzwicki is the name to note for drafting agreements and managerial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Ewa Łachowska-Brol

Other key lawyers:

Adam Nierzwicki

Key clients

AB Foods Polska

ADM International Sarl,

AR Packaging Group AB

ARM

Aspen

Avis

Bakkavor Group

CenturyLink

Eaton

Eden Europe

Essentra

Johnson Controls

Lafarge Holcim

Mobica

NDC Technologies

Ricoh

Sakura Finetek Europe B.V.

Sims Recycling Solutions

Turkish Airlines

URBN Outfitters

WeWork

Virtusa

Gide Loyrette Nouel

At Gide Loyrette Nouel, the employment law and labour disputes department is led by Paweł Grześkowiak. The group advises on issues including internal audits, employee capital plans, litigation (with an emphasis on the transport sector) and collective bargaining agreements. In addition, the team has expertise in restructuring, lay-offs and secondment agreements as well as EC claims on the purported breach of legal standards. Associate Joanna Jasiewicz is the key contact for matters pertaining to industrial action.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Grześkowiak

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Jasiewicz

Key clients

Abalone Group

Alior Leasing

Allgaier

Auchan Polska

Boccard

DiaSorin

Edenred

EDF

ETI

Inter-Vion

KGHM

LGI International Transport

Louis Vuitton Poland

Mindspace

Orpea Group

Przedsiębiorstwo Państwowe (State Enterprise) Porty Lotnicze

P3 Logistic Parks

Raben Transport

Transalliance

Transport i Logistyka Polska (www.tlp.org.pl)

Willis Towers Watson

XPO Transport Solutions

WSK PZL Świdnik

Work highlights

  • Advising Przedsiębiorstwo Państwowe, the state enterprise operating in the field of construction, maintenance and operation of airports, airfield facilities and surrounding infrastructure, on the Covid-19 law, employment restructuring and negotiations with trade unions.
  • Advising Louis Vuitton Poland on the implementation of the employee capital plans.
  • Advising WSK PZL Świdnik (Leonardo Group) on the employment of top managers.

Sadkowski I Wspólnicy

At Sadkowski I Wspólnicy, the employment department is led by 'well-known expert' Marzena Łabędź and foreign work specialist Michał Wysłocki. Assisting clients with compliance audits and 'stay and work' projects is an area of expertise and the group is also well placed to handle complex labour immigration issues.

Practice head(s):

Marzena Łabędź; Michał Wysłocki

Other key lawyers:

Monika Kolasinska

Testimonials

‘Sadkowski and Partners Law Firm has a unique attitude to provision of legal services. Their experts genuinely care about the clients they represent and have a clear pro-business orientation. Due to the high-quality of SiW’

‘Ms Marzena Labedz (Partner, attorney at law), is a well-known expert in the fields of employment of foreigners and intellectual property. She has a profound knowledge and experience in conducting lectures for the members of BCC in Warsaw, Katowice and Cracow. Our second recommendation is for Mr Marcin Frackowiak (attorney at law) who is a BCC expert on collective and individual labour law.’

‘Each representative from Sadkowski that I talk to presents a high quality of knowledge mixed with experience. They are engaged and provide high quality materials for our further consideration.’

‘We highly value the whole Sadkowski & Partners team, but we would like to especially highlight  Marzena Labedz (Partner, attorney at law), who manages the team of lawyers and has an unique talent of understanding each client’

‘The law firm has specialists in many areas of law. It also allows them to provide comprehensive services in the shortest possible time.’

‘The lawyers with whom we work are distinguished by outstanding knowledge, experience and punctuality, as well as the ability to build good relationships with clients. In particular, this applies to partner Marzena Labedz and director Michal Wysocki.’

‘Monika Kolasinska. Since first engagement, Monika has proven to be – by far – the most supportive and enthusiastic member of SiW team. All personnel are second to none, but Monika has this unique ability and passion for understanding your needs and how your business operates, which makes her part of your own team. No request is too big or too small, and there wasn’t a single instance so far, when she lacked necessary knowledge and expertise. When on tight deadline she will work round the clock, with absolute ease. She has not only provided me with relevant services but expanded to offering solutions outside the box. Never bare minimum to tick a box but overarching and innovative solutions that our business has benefited from already. ’

Key clients

Atlas Copco sp. z o.o.

ADDIT sp. z o.o.

AKZO NOBEL DECORATIVE PAINTS sp. z o.o.

API MARKET sp. z o.o.

ARCHIVIO sp. z o.o.

ALL MED. sp. z o.o.

CS NATURA TOUR sp. zo.o.

CWS-BOCO POLSKA sp. z o.o.

DEDRA EXIM sp. z o.o.

EHRLE sp. z o.o.

ENEA CENTRUM sp. z o.o.

ESAB sp. z o.o.

FIEGE sp. z o.o., FIEGE E-COM LOGISTIC sp. zo.o.

GROUPON SHARED SERVICES POLAND Sp. z o.o.

HABASIT SERVICES Sp. z o.o.

Hegelmann Transporte Sp. z o.o.

IMAR SERVICE GROUP IWONA BIERNAT

IPAK DARIUSZ NIKLAS

KLIMAS sp. z o.o.

KNAUF IT SERVICES POLSKA Sp. z o.o.

KUPIEC sp. zo.o.

LS AIRPORT SERVICES S.A.

LS TECHNICS sp. z o.o.

LUBRICANT POLSKA sp. zo.o.

MAHA POLSKA sp. z o.o.

MERCK sp. z o.o.

PEKAO BANK HIPOTECZNY S.A.

PKP Intercity S.A.

PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.

POLREGIO sp. z o.o.

POLSKA GRUPA LOTNICZA S.A.

POLSKIE STOWARZYSZENIE ZARZĄDZANIA KADRAMI (PSZK)

SMART SOLUTIONS POLSKA sp. z o.o.

SHIJI Poland Sp. z o.o.

SEKA S.A.

STOELZLE CZĘSTOCHOWA sp. z o.o.

SmartLife R

Work highlights

  • Supported Polregio and participated in negotiations regarding the shift of salary increases resulting from an agreement with trade unions in 2019.
  • Represented LS Airport Services in approximately 100 unprecedented proceedings for payment of remuneration and overtime allowance.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Led by Agnieszka Fedor, the employment team at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak handles a wide range of employment issues. In particular, it is noted for covering high-value legal disputes between former employees and managers (especially those related to complex corporate transactions). Additional matters include internal investigations (including fraud and FCPA matters), group dismissals, industrial relations and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Fedor

Testimonials

‘The employment team has absolutely unique knowledge and experience in the field of employment law: negotiations, contracts, relations with trade unions, disputes.’

‘I work with Agnieszka Fedor and her team. I have been cooperating with Agnieszka for over a dozen years on various matters relating to restructuring, negotiations with trade unions, negotiations with management staff. Agnieszka is a lawyer with extraordinary knowledge, experience and excellent negotiation skills. Cooperation with her goes far beyond standard legal advisory services, it is rather a strategic advisory in difficult employment matters. I do not know a better lawyer in the area of employment law. ’

Key clients

Agora S.A.

Solaris Bus&Coach S.A.

Grupa Przemysłowa Baltic Sp. z o .o.

Intel Corporation

Caterpillar Poland Sp. z o.o.

Eurocash S.A.

Xella Polska Sp. z o.o.

Enersys Sp. z o.o

Zalando SE

Bridgestone

EDF International

Ikea Industry AB

Kellogg

LG Chem Poland sp. z o.o.

Mars Polska Sp. z o.o.

Mattel Poland Sp. z o.o.

O-I Business Service Center Spółka z o.o.

Schweppes International Limited

UPS

Work highlights

  • Restructuring of one of the biggest shipyard groups in Poland including transfer of employing establishment and its parts to new employer, negotiations of new collective bargaining agreements and new internal regulations (bonus regulations, social fund regulations).
  • Acting for an automotive parts producer in negotiations with the trade unions concerning a long-term collective dispute.
  • Advising Eurocash on the restructuring of a group of companies including a number of transfers of employing establishments, harmonisation of employment conditions in various companies, preparing agreements with the trade unions, advice on relations with the trade unions, and drafting the relevant documentation.

Squire Patton Boggs Krześniak sp.k.

The employment team at Squire Patton Boggs Krześniak sp.k.  is led by the 'extremely responsive' Małgorzata Grzelak. Strong in all aspects of senior employee dismissals, the firm also handles industrial relations, corporate reorganisations, compliance and strategic planning. Notably, the team attracts a significant amount of work from highly-regulated sectors such as chemicals, life sciences, education, manufacturing and design.

Practice head(s):

Małgorzata Grzelak

Testimonials

‘Squire Patton Boggs Krzesniak sp.k. provides the legal assistance in preparation and termination of the job contracts, preparing opinions and interpretations for our company. In the past SPB represented us in a court case with the ex- employee achieving a very satisfying sentence in a difficult trial. In all these areas of activities the level of services is very high, proving professionalism and in-depth knowledge of the legal regulations.’

‘As far as the Employment practice is concerned we cooperate with Partner Malgorzata Grzelak. She provides very professional services, timely and quick response to requests, clearly prepares her opinions and interpretations based on a careful analysis of the legal/factual status. Mrs Grzelak can smoothly establish professional contacts with all participants of the proceedings.’

‘Provides a great service, very personable, responsive (often within tight timescales), global presence, easy to deal with, good commercial advice. In comparison with other firms, they provide quicker and more cost effective advice. Their lawyers are personable and well connected between jurisdictions. They take the time to understand the business and our needs and make us feel like we are a priority. ’

‘I would highly recommend Malgorzata Grzelak. She is extremely responsive (even when on vacation) and provides succinct advice which is readily understandable outside of legal and irrespective of language barriers; quick grasp of issues and requirements of the business in short timescales; commitment to fee quote; and willingness to support, including out of hours.’

‘3 factors make the difference; jobs received are 1) timely, 2) precise and 3) complete. ’

Key clients

WPP Group

Bemis

Work highlights

  • Advising Bemis Packaging Polska on Polish employment restructuring, including changes of terms of employment, restrictive covenants, transfers and terminations.
  • Advising WPP on Covid-19 employment-related matters.

Wiewiórski Legal

Based in Wroclaw, the 'very proactive' employment team at Wiewiórski Legal  is jointly led by Marek Maciej Wiewiórski and Magdalena Szeptycka. The team that is particularly known for advising foreign companies acquiring businesses in Poland. Areas covered include: internal regulations (including collective labour agreements), social benefit funds, restructuring, collective redundancies, TUPE transfers  and residence permits.

Practice head(s):

Marek Maciej Wiewiórski; Magdalena Szeptycka

Testimonials

‘Very proactive in responses – look broadly, consider all aspects of the cases, provide best solutions.’

‘Magdalena Szeptyka – expert in labour law – very professional, huge knowledge Maciej Jarecki – expert in contract negotiations – you can be sure you get the best deal when you work with Maciej.’

‘They are extremely knowledgeable and able to compare the Poland legal system with the UK legal system. The team are helpful and very understanding but also pointed when required. We have built a fantastic relationship on trust and reliability.’

‘They are honest and able to readily understand the needs of our business and expectations whilst ensuring we collaborate and remain innovative. ’

‘Wiewiorski Law firm finds great balance in the service ensuring competent and experienced lawyers who are friendly and communicative, which puts the customer service on a very high level. ’

‘All the lawyers I had a pleasure to work with are extremely competent. They have wide experience in their fields of expertise. At the same time they are helpful, friendly and very communicative.’

‘The Wiewiorski Legal Team specializes in all legal aspects of large companies: labour law, real estate, company law, investments, business contracts, litigation & arbitration, state aid, environmental law, negotiations etc.’

‘All people from the Wiewiorski Legal Team are characterized by the following features: 1) they communicate in a way that is understandable to people who are not lawyers; 2) they propose alternative scenarios of operation; 3) they react very quickly to inquiries for opinion, take into account various aspects of the case, even those that are not in their specialization, and immediately organize help in these areas (directing them to the right people).’

Key clients

Ideal Standard Polska

Moortec Semiconductor

Unic

Tabiplast

Plasticos Durex

Work highlights

  • Advised Unic on the implementation of a new Employee Capital Plan (pensions scheme).
  • Provided comprehensive assistance to Tabiplast in relation to Covid-19, including employment cost reduction and remote work.
  • Advised Moortec Semiconductor on adapting all internal employment policies to the Polish requirements and conditions.

Wolf Theiss

At Wolf Theiss, the employment team is led by Peter Daszkowski. Distinguished by its comprehensive coverage of CEE/SEE, the team is well equipped to handled substantive cross-border matters covering a wide range of legal matters. Areas of expertise include the termination of employment contracts, compliance with labour law, workforce restructuring, litigation and settlement negotiations. A recent highlight was its advice to GKN Automotive on the implementation of an incentive scheme as well as the termination of existing contracts. Agnieszka Nowak-Błaszczak and associate Paulina Przewoźnik are key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Peter Daszkowski

Other key lawyers:

Agnieszka Nowak-Błaszczak

Testimonials

High quality advice and great as well as swift support.

Key clients

HegeServ

Neuraxpharm

Larsen & Toubro Infotech

GKN Automotive

Work highlights

  • Advising HedgeServ on the implementation of an employee capital plan as well as on different aspects of posting Irish individuals to their Polish branch.
  • Advised GKN Automotive on the implementation of an incentive scheme as well as on the legal requirements regarding restrictive covenants.
  • Assisting Neurapharm on a day-to-day basis on a variety of employment matters.

Olesinski & Wspolnicy

The growing employment practice at Olesinski & Wspolnicy works closely with clients to advise on complex and innovative projects, leveraging the firm's internal tools including a portal aimed at providing clients with updates on the impact of Covid-19 on employment legislation, and cloud-based SaaS tool for handling notifications from whistleblowers. Noteworthy individuals include Lucyna Brayshaw, who handles individual and collective labour issues; Anna Chrobot, who is experienced in restructuring processes; and Ludmiła Łuczak, who combines her employment knowledge with data protection expertise.

Practice head(s):

Lucyna Brayshaw; Anna Chrobot; Ludmiła Łuczak

Key clients

OSADKOWSKI S.A.

AALBERTS SURFACE TREATMENT Sp. Z o.o.

Asplex sp. z o.o.

Beewatec Sp. z o.o.

BITO Technika Magazynowa sp. z o. o.

CCC Factory sp. z o.o.

CCC.EU Sp. z o.o.

Cooper Standard Polska sp. z o.o.

Cooper-Standard Automotive Piotrków sp. z o.o.

CSF Poland Sp. z o.o.

Curaden Polska Sp. z o.o.

DeLaval Operations Sp. z o.o.

DEVELIA S.A.

DEVnet High Performance Solutions Sp. z o.o.

Dr Schneider Automotive Polska sp.z o.o.

eobuwie.pl S.A.

AKS Precision Ball Polska sp. z o.o.

EXLABESA BUILDING SYSTEMS SP. Z O. O.

Exlabesa Extrusion Opole Sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Toyota Carrier Air-Conditioning Europe on the relocation to Poland of senior executives from Japan.
  • Advised CCC on labour law relating to the anti-crisis shield connected with the application for subsidy, which was submitted at the first possible date – the date of entry into force of the Covid-19 special anti-effectiveness act.
  • Advised Objectivity on carrying out collective redundancies for the first time.

A Sobczyk i Wspólpracownicy Law Offices

Founding partner Arkadiusz Sobczyk leads the team at boutique firm A Sobczyk i Wspólpracownicy Law Offices. Based in Krakow, the group handles personal data audits, employee transfers and restructuring, among other matter. Alina Giżejowska is the team's go-to contact for trade union disputes and industrial relations matters.

Other key lawyers:

Al

BSJP Brockhuis Jurczak Prusak Sroka Nilsson Sp. k.

Based across the firm's offices in Poznań and Warsaw, the employment team at BSJP Brockhuis Jurczak Prusak Sroka Nilsson Sp. k. is led by Christoph Garschynski and Ewa Boryczko. The group acts for employers from the private and public sectors, including international corporations. The team has key expertise in facilitating cross-border postings, and has recently advised on employment mobility issues relating to the Philippines, Sweden, Lithuania and the US. Other work includes advising on employment contracts, regulations, restructuring and remuneration.

BWW Banasik Wozniak i Wspólnicy Sp.K.

Led by Aleksandra Woźniak, the employment practice at BWW Banasik Wozniak i Wspólnicy Sp.K. specialises in individual and collective labour law, social security matters and civil law. The group is frequently instructed by Polish airline Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT, where it is able to utilise its strength in trade union negotiations and restructuring. Advice pertaining to the secondment of employees abroad (as well as the recruitment of foreigners in Poland) is another area of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Aleksandra Woźniak

Key clients

Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S.A.

Zakład Ubezpieczeń Społecznych

Synevo sp. z o.o

Bilfinger Industrial Services Polska sp. z o.o.

Scanmed S.A.

Ciech S.A.

LOT Aircraft Maintenance sp. z o.o.

Gas Storage Poland sp. z o.o.

Jeronimo Martins Polska S.A.

Fargotex sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S.A. on the implementation of anti-crisis solutions including suspension agreements, the collective termination of terms and conditions of work and obtaining public funding for employee salaries.
  • Provided Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S.A., LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services Sp. z o.o. and Zakład Ubezpieczeń Społecznych with comprehensive legal services in relation to collective disputes. This included notification, mediation and representation in a cassation appeal to the Supreme Court in the matter of a strike carried out by trade unions.
  • Provided Zakład Ubezpieczeń Społecznych and Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S.A. with comprehensive legal advice on how to determine the representativeness of a trade union (especially with regards to changes in the number of members).

EY Law

At EY Law, employment matters are led by Zuzanna Zakrzewska, an expert in benefit programmes and executive compensation. Notably, the team handles ESOP schemes, supports business transfers (including TUPE) and assists with the posting of employees abroad.

Practice head(s):

Zuzanna Zakrzewska

Key clients

Alior Bank S.A.

Autenti sp. z o.o.

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

Fresenius Medical Care SSC Sp. z o.o.

Greenpoint S.A.

Grupa Topex sp. z o.o. sp. k.

Ingka Services B.V.

Marrodent sp. z o.o.

PEKAO S.A.

Polski Fundusz Rozwoju

PZU S.A.

Rawicom sp. z o.o. sp.k.

Sunningwell International Polsak sp. z o.o.

TENNECO Silesia Sp. z o.o.

ZF Automotive Systems Poland Sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Supporting ZF Group with fulfilling all the requirements, completing and filing applications for financial aid (workforce maintenance) relating to Covid-19.
  • Assisted Sunningwell with the leasing of a steel factory in Częstochowa from a bailiff.
  • Assisted Grupa Topex with applications for financial aid relating to Covid-19. This included complex employment law advice relating to current and future terms of employment.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

Led by Marek Wroniak and senior associate Agnieszka Szczodra-Hajduk, the employment team at Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP covers a broad range of industries. In particular, it is notable for its work in pharmaceuticals, automotive and insurance, sectors in which it maintains a strong reputation for cross-border M&A transactions. The firm also has expertise in labour investigations and compliance programmes, which it handles with the firm's white-collar and fraud group.

Practice head(s):

Marek Wroniak; Agnieszka Szczodra-Hajduk

Testimonials

‘Marek Wroniak (a classic senior adviser, very good for judgement calls) Agnieszka Szczodra-Hajduk (extremely profound knowledge, very proactive) ’

‘The team is very responsive, quickly reacts to issues and provides comprehensive support.’

‘Hogan Lovells has been always open to the challenges and provides the highest standard of service.’

‘Quick reaction time. Very practical advice.’

‘Marek Wroniak – professional lawyer, good coordination and communication skills’

‘High level of expertise, strong commercial emphasis.’

‘Marek Wroniak – highly knowledgeable, responsive, extremely good understanding of commercial aspects’

‘On the top of a strong professional knowledge and experience in various complex legal matters in HR area HL team I used to cooperate with is very approachable and focused on building close and long term relationship with key clients.’

‘My main business partner in HL is Ms Agnieszka Szczodra-Hajduk. I highly appreciate her strong professional experience or great communication skills.’

Key clients

Equinix Poland

Lionbridge

Mylan Group

Infor

Amdocs

ABC Group

Dover

TI Poland / TI Automotive

Honeywell Group

Texas Instruments

mFinanse

Koch/Guardian

Work highlights

  • Acted as coordinator of Mylan’s external law firms from Central, Eastern and South Europe providing advice on employment and corporate law, compliance and health science issues, competition law, dawn raids and data protection
  • Provided Equinix Poland with comprehensive employment advice.
  • Advised TI Automotive on various employment matters in relation to the Covid-19 lockdown as well as overtime, data protection, restrictive covenants and compliance issues.

Linklaters

Monika Krzyszkowska-Dąbrowska leads the employment practice at Linklaters. The firm assists with strategic issues such as group restructurings, it also handles collective redundancies, business transfers, share option plans and negotiations with trade unions. In addition, the team  covers highly sensitive matters such as the termination of employment contracts and whistleblowing.

Practice head(s):

Monika Krzyszkowska-Dąbrowska

Testimonials

‘Very professional and skilled team with broad knowledge in the legal area. Definitely leading team on the market.’

‘Openness and readiness to help. I had a chance to work with Monika Krzyszkowska-Dabrowska, who is a really outstanding lawyer.’

Key clients

Unilever

Bain & Company Inc.

BPI Real Estate sp. z o.o.

CRH – Grupa Ożarów S.A.

Automotive Alliance

Dywidag Systems International

Work highlights

  • Advising Dywidag Systems International on the employment aspects of an M&A transaction.

Noerr

At Noerr, the employment team is led by Radosław Biedecki and recent arrival, senior associate Jaroslaw Karlikowski, who joined from Wardynski & Partners. The group covers day-to-day employment advice and also handles the legal aspects of transactions, industrial disputes and restructurings. The firm often handles multijurisdictional matters and is particularly active for clients in the insurance, media, real estate, technology and telecoms sectors.

Practice head(s):

Radosław Biedecki; Jaroslaw Karlikowski

Key clients

Finiata

Cimcool/Milacron

Transposafe Systems/Brady Corporation

HSM GmbH + Co.KG (Hermann Schwelling Maschinenbau)

Antenna Audio Limited

ae Group

Blackboard Inc.

CHEP/Brambles

Polska Press Group

ISS Facilities

Gates Corporation

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice Polska Press Group on matters related to structuring remuneration and other employment conditions of key employees of the company.
  • Advised PreZero/Schwarz Group on the employment aspects related to the acquisition of a waste management company in Poland.
  • Acting for Finiata in an employment dispute as well as providing ongoing legal services concerning employment law.

Penteris

At Penteris, the employment group is led by retail expert Agnieszka Pytlas. The team advises on the employment aspects of transactions, litigation, collective labour law, social security, and cross-border projects. The firm acts for clients in industries including food, financial services, fashion and media, among others. In recent work it advised on employment-related restructuring matters for sports brand Henri Lloyd following its acquisition by Aligro UK.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Pytlas

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

The team at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr is led by labour relations specialist Wioleta Polak. Strong in international projects, the group handles all HR aspects of M&A transactions, restructuring, collective redundancies and related court disputes. Notably, the firm has particular expertise in employment matters impacting public procurement and acts for a client portfolio which includes state-owned energy and fuel companies. Senior associates Monika Walasek and Michal Hady are additional names to note.

Practice head(s):

Wioleta Polak

Other key lawyers:

Monika Walasek; Michal Hady

Testimonials

‘The firm has a great commercial acumen to adapt their advice and language to a UK-based business. They have offered great support to conduct both HR projects and manage employee relations.’

‘Specific stand-out partners: Wioleta Polak, Monika Walasek I value their way of translating Polish employment law into easy to understand content for non Polish lawyers and HR professionals. ’

‘Responsive, good value fees-wise, excellent English.’

‘Monika Walasek – clear, detailed advice. Michal Hady – responsive, up and coming.’

Key clients

Intel Corporation

Warsaw Aviation sp. z o.o.

Ryanair Sun S.A.

Webuilt S.P.A.

Salini Polska sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Intel Corporation on the Polish employment aspects of its acquisition of Habana Labs.