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Firms To Watch: Employment

The employment practice at JDP Drapala & Partners was launched in January 2021 when counsel Joanna Ostojska-Kołodziej joined the firm from Kochanski & Partners. The team is particularly strong in advising clients from the IT sector expanding their businesses into Poland.
B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba was established in 2020, and the employment team demonstrates particular expertise in assisting clients with their entry into the Polish market. Anna Cichonska and Roman Iwański jointly lead the practice.  

Employment in Poland

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

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k. handles the entire spectrum of employment matters for Polish and international clients, with a particular focus on immigration mandates, internal investigations in HR cases, and terminations of top members of management. It is also highly adept in labour negotiations with trade unions, as well as managing regulatory matters concerning salaries in the financial sector; senior associate Maciej Andrzejewski is notable in this latter area. ‘Excellent lawyerKatarzyna Dulewicz leads the Polish team, as well as co-heading the employment practice across the entire CEE region. She is supported by senior associate Agnieszka Kałwa, who routinely implements new pension schemes in Polish companies, and counsel Tomasz Sancewicz.

Practice head(s):

Katarzyna Dulewicz


Other key lawyers:

Maciej Andrzejewski; Agnieszka Kałwa; Tomasz Sancewicz; Agnieszka Siewniak


Testimonials

‘The team that Katarzyna Dulewicz put together for employment legal advice is excellent. The team is well rounded with junior and senior people, which ensures both a unique perspective and cost effectiveness.’

‘An ability to build a very good on-call team supporting businesses incredibly quickly.’

‘Up-to-date knowledge of the market and applicable solutions. They provide a clear indication of the best possible solutions to problems and offer a great and stable group of attorneys.’

‘They are always reactive, responding on time with extensive explanations that indicate the best decision the client should take in a specific case.’

‘Katarzyna Dulewicz is an excellent lawyer with deep understanding of businesses and its constraints.’

‘Katarzyna Dulewicz is a great partner; she is very receptive to feedback, willing to invest in a relationship with a client, and allocate resources based on clients’ preferences. She makes sure that the team is responsive and delivers high quality products.’

‘Agnieszka Siewniak has an excellent understanding of her clients’ peculiarities and the way they operate.’

Key clients

Pekao SA


Coty Int.


Universal Music


Honeywell


Primark Limited


ZTE Corporation


Motorex AG


Sonnedix UK Services


Massumi + Consoli LLP


HFC Prestige Service Poland Sp. z o.o.


Vistra International Expansion Ltd.


TJX Poland sp. z o.o.


Ringier Axel Springer


Jefferies GmbH


Jamf Software Poland Sp. z o.o.


Crowe U.K. LLP


Becton Dickinson Polska Sp. z o.o.


IP Belgian Services Company Sprl


BPH S.A.


Balenciaga Czech Republic s.r.o


Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.


Workmotion PL sp. z o.o.


Fosher Investments Sp. z o.o.


Zensar Technologies Ltd


Bruker Business Support Center Sp z o.o.


Dice Technology LTD


BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.


SRT Group


Hermes Pologne


NG Concept


Partner in Pet Food Hungaria Kft.


Salerno sp. z o.o.


Pharmaceutical Research Associates


Ocado Central Services Limited


Work highlights


  • Assisted RIMC International Hotels & Resorts with the acquisition of its first hotel in Poland from another operator, and the subsequent automatic transfer of employees to a new employer.
  • Advised Honeywell on a TUPE transfer which involved the transfer of employees from another provider.
  • Assisted AirHelp with the hire of a new regional CEO.

Dentons

The employment and labour practice at Dentons leverages the firm’s global network to advise on domestic and cross-border projects, and support foreign companies with a presence in Poland. The team is active in assisting clients with entry into the Polish market, reorganisations and employee transfers, and whistleblowing matters. On the contentious side, the group represents clients in benefits-related litigation, collective bargaining negotiations, and investigations. Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek sits at the helm of the practice; key sectors of focus for her include IT, manufacturing, food, automotive, and advanced technology. Counsel Magda Słomska specialises in individual and collective labour law and HR law matters.


Practice head(s):

Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek


Other key lawyers:

Magda Słomska; Marta Kolarz; Weronika Papucewicz; Tomasz Lasyk


Key clients

Analogue Devices


Coca-Cola Services


EPAM Systems


Green Go Energy


Johnson & Johnson


Keyence


Mayland


Pilkington


Stadler


Yamaha


Work highlights


  • Advised Hill International on the contract termination of an employee who was protected against dismissal as a member of City Council.
  • Advised Epam Systems on employment law issues relating to its acquisition of Enginiety.

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k.

Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak leads the practice at DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k. and advises on both collective and individual employment law matters, including group redundancies and collective disputes. The broader practice consists of lawyers and tax advisors, and it supports clients with their daily issues, in addition to restructurings, the transfer of employees, collective redundancies, and negotiations with trade unions. Its offering also extends to advice on cross-border projects and social security issues. Other key team members include counsel Michał Synowiec, who focuses on litigation and internal investigations concerning allegations of harassment and bullying, and counsel Dominika Nowak, who has expertise in advising international companies on entering the Polish market. At senior associate level, Hubert Hajduczenia is noted.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak


Other key lawyers:

Michał Synowiec; Dominika Nowak; Hubert Hajduczenia


Testimonials

‘The team is very professional and always available for a call or discussion.’

‘The team is professional and never leaves clients without support.’

‘They are supportive, professional, and trustworthy. The work ethic is high.’

‘Availability, professionalism, respecting deadlines, and sharing good practices are key strengths of the team.’

‘Hubert Hajduczenia is very professional and takes his role very seriously. He is always available and provides training on employment law without additional costs.’

‘Hubert Hajduczenia is always eager to help and connects the company with associates from other areas in DLA Piper whenever required. The legal advice provided by him is always very pragmatic and easy to understand, even for non-lawyers. It is also very business oriented.’

Key clients

Amgen


Ardagh


Box


Credit Suisse


Duracell


Elavon


The Bank of New York Mellon


London Stock Exchange Group


GSC


Houghton


Levi Strauss


PGNIG


PKP


PORR


Revolut


Bank PEKAO


SDL


Siemens


Synopsys


Teatr Kwadrat


TMF


Trakcja


Vertex


WizzAir


Work highlights


  • Assisted a foreign digital entertainment company with the employment-related aspects of entering the Polish market, including the relocation of several hundred employees from Belarus to Poland.
  • Representing a teacher whose employment contract was not renewed due to her disability.
  • Advised a portfolio company of CVC Capital Partners on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Maczfit Foods from Resource Partners.

Raczkowski

Raczkowski‘s HR law department is instructed by employers to assist with issues from the entire spectrum of labour law matters, including HR management, social security, and litigation, as well as compliance issues, criminal business law, immigration, and employee taxation mandates. The team is led by a trio comprising managing partner Bartłomiej Raczkowski in Warsaw, Dominika Dörre-Kolasa in Kraków, and Łukasz Kuczkowski in Poznañ. Iwona Jaroszewska-Ignatowska is also of note for her expertise in industrial relations and negotiations with trade unions, and Katarzyna Serwińska has substantial experience in employment tax advisory work.

Practice head(s):

Bartłomiej Raczkowski; Dominika Dörre-Kolasa; Łukasz Kuczkowski


Other key lawyers:

Katarzyna Dobkowska; Iwona Jaroszewska-Ignatowska; Janusz Tomczak; Katarzyna Serwińska; Michalina Kaczmarczyk


Testimonials

‘Bartłomiej Raczkowski and his team are extremely thorough and professional.’

‘Bartłomiej Raczkowski is excellent.’

‘Dominika Dörre-Kolasa is very well connected to regulators and policy makers, and knows the market very well.’

Wardynski & Partners

The employment practice at Wardynski & Partners has ‘long-standing expertise’ in contentious proceedings relating to workplace accidents, terminations, and competition bans. It also advises on the labour aspects of transactions, internal investigations concerning harassment, and crisis management matters. Another area of focus for the team is advising clients in the financial-newtech industries on entering the Polish market. Agnieszka Lisiecka co-heads the group alongside Szymon Kubiak; Lisiecka handles individual and collective labour law matters, as does senior associate Agnieszka Godusławska, while Kubiak has strengths in outsourcing and restructuring. In team news, Marcin Wujczyk was promoted to partner in May 2022.


Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Lisiecka; Szymon Kubiak


Other key lawyers:

Agnieszka Godusławska; Marcin Wujczyk; Magdalena Świtajska


Testimonials

‘This team offers a true partnership. They work with their clients to understand the company’s vision and goals and help them to realise those goals within the constraints of the law and best practices.’

‘Wardynski’s employment practice has long-standing expertise and is respected for its work in litigation, transactions, internal investigations, and crisis management. It is in the process of being strengthened further by the developing practices of global mobility and data protection. The team is composed of persons of varying ages, gender identities, experiences, and competencies, who have diverse talents at their disposal, making them effective and innovative.’

‘The employment team has an ability to think outside of the box on employment issues. The team really stands out in quality, providing solutions for issues and efficiency, adapting themselves to the way clients want to work. They are always up to date with current regulations too.’

Key clients

Adidas Poland Spółka z o.o.


ALDI Sp. z o.o.


Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.


Cargotec Oyj


Ferrosan Medical Devices


Frank Recruitment Group Services Limited


H+H Polska Sp. z o.o.


Harburg-Freudenberger Maschinenbau Gmbh


Mabion S.A.


Schwarte Sp. z o.o.


Silicon & Software Systems Limited


Victaulic


Work highlights


  • Advised Faerch on employment-related issues regarding its acquisition of the Paccor Group from private equity fund Lindsay Goldberg.
  • Advised a client on the establishment of a trade union at its premises.
  • Represented a former employee of Polskie Radio Rzeszów in a case concerning mobbing, discrimination, and personal rights infringement.

Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k.

Baker McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k.’s employment practice benefits from the firm’s global presence, enabling it to assist clients with both domestic and cross-border projects. Its offering includes advice on remote working, immigration issues, and the labour aspects of transactions. The group is also strong in handling sensitive board-level separation mandates. The team represents clients in labour-related litigation proceedings as well as assisting companies with establishing themselves in Poland. With a strong focus on individual and collective redundancies, managing partner Piotr Rawski jointly leads the practice alongside counsel Michal Lisawa, who advises on sensitive terminations.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Rawski; Michał Lisawa


Other key lawyers:

Karolina Gozdzikiewicz; Magdalena Chochowska; Bartłomiej Babańczyk


Testimonials

‘The team’s ability to work simultaneously on several diverse projects is impressive.’

‘The knowledge of the current market situation and involvement in the client’s matters allows the company’s lawyers to advise the client on a solution before the client even realises they need help.’

‘Karolina Gozdzikiewicz deserves special mention. Her written answers are always as complete, structured, and easy to read as possible. She is always very prompt in her first answer about the deadline for solving the client’s problem and always provides the services on time. Her answers are always checked and double-checked, so clients can fully rely on her advice.’

Key clients

Kantar


GlaxoSmithKline


Japan Tobacco International


Biogen


SayGames


Mondelez


Google


Thales


Navigator


Nike


Veeva


Disney


Velocity Global


Becton Dickinson


Work highlights


  • Advised Mondelez on all employment-related aspects of the acquisition of Chipita in Poland, which included the analysis of employment structures of both companies, trade union issues, several separate transfers of employees, and post-transaction integration.
  • Advised GlaxoSmithKline on several matters, including a big reorganisation and several outsourcing projects in Poland.
  • Advised Kantar on the implementation of a different business transformation process in Poland.

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.

The employment team at Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. has ‘vast experience in difficult, complicated cases’ and its offering extends to immigration law, labour-related M&A work that involves TUPE transfers and restructurings, and compliance projects concerning internal investigations. It is also active in developing benefit and incentive programmes for employees and advising on pension schemes. Karolina Stawicka, who has significant expertise in social security law mandates and compliance-related projects, heads the practice. She is supported by senior associate Michał Olszewski, who has strength in issues relating to terminations and the employment of temporary workers.

Practice head(s):

Karolina Stawicka


Other key lawyers:

Michał Olszewski; Paula Koczara; Paulina Grotkowska


Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird Poland employment law team consist of individuals with very good understanding of the business needs of their client and a practical approach to legal advisory. They are also able to always meet deadlines set up by their clients.’

‘What differentiates Bird & Bird most is their unique ability to present legal solutions which not only are compliant with the existing legal frameworks but are aligned with market practices and trends followed by a specific business or industry in a given country or region. Bird & Bird has this outstanding ability to use market wisdom in practical solutions.’

‘The team has a lot of knowledge and experience in the field of labour law, and they have huge business awareness. The solutions supplied are of the highest quality.’

‘What distinguishes the lawyers is their vast experience in difficult, complicated cases. Thanks to this, legal aid is provided quickly and efficiently.’

‘Paula Koczara has impressive experience in employment law. She is also very business-oriented and is always happy to share her practical knowledge related to various issues related to employment-law.’

‘Karolina Stawicka, Paulina Grotkowska and Michał Olszewski all create unique client-legal counsel connections, providing spot-on and easy-to-apply advice in fast-changing regulatory environments. Outstanding team overall.’

‘Michał Olszewski is an efficient and pragmatic lawyer for supporting the legal requirements and business needs. He has real knowledge and expertise.’

‘Michał Olszewski has professional knowledge combined with a unique market orientation, and he has amazing abilities to manage all stakeholders involved in legal aspects. He is able to anticipate well the expectations of various stakeholders and adjust the project discussion to manage them well, and at the same time leading them towards the solution most beneficial for the company.’

Key clients

Zoom Video Communications, Inc.


Groupe Avril


BNA Nutrition Animale Group


Polish Humanitarian Action


Accession Capital Partners


Fenwick & West LLP


Bolt


Campaign Against Homophobia


TomTom Group


Remitly


Samsara


First Advantage


Work highlights


  • Advised TomTom on a global restructuring process driven by a business model change in the geolocation segment, which included support in implementing collective redundancies.
  • Advising multiple clients on the relocation of their business from war-impacted zones to Poland.
  • Advised Samsara Group on its entry into the Polish market and the development of its IT centre in Poland.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s labour law and social security practice has a wide-ranging offering, from TUPE matters and restructurings to developing employee retirement schemes and advising on discrimination in the workplace. It is also active in immigration law and assists with trade union relationships. Industrial relations expert and ‘stand-out performer‘ Bogusław Kapłon splits his time between the firm’s Warsaw and Poznań offices, and he co-heads the department alongside Warsaw-based Agata Mierzwa, who specialises in restructurings, ground redundancies, and TUPE matters.

Practice head(s):

Bogusław Kapłon; Agata Mierzwa


Other key lawyers:

Justyna Tyc-Brzosko


Testimonials

‘A very strong team in terms of knowledge, experience, and customer-focused approach.’

‘Very costumer focused and oriented. You may be sure that they will care about the best solutions for you.’

‘DZP is a very-well organised practice with very skilled lawyers. They are recommended for very good preparation of solutions with different options.’

‘Individuals are very well organised with very good knowledge. Always preparing all necessary documents on time and advising to pick the best possible option.’

‘Very dedicated and competent team. Practical approach, flexibility, and great understanding of business needs.’

‘They are competent and there are no topics that would not be thoroughly checked and properly recommended.’

‘The stand-out performer is Bogusław Kapłon.’

‘Justyna Tyc-Brzosko and Agata Mierzwa are very competent. Their knowledge and experience is always beneficial.’

Key clients

Mousquetaires Group


Ace


Tokai Cobex


Torpol


Siemens Gamesa


Kern-Liebers


OSI


Persan


William Hill


Super-Pharm Holding


Work highlights


  • Advising Torpol on issues relating to social security contributions on the part of the employees’ payments.
  • Assisting Siemens Gamesa with a project in which the client and RWE will form a mixed team which will take care of the launch of a wind farm.
  • Assisted Super-harm with the preparation of 28 appeals against unfavourable Social Security Authority decisions refusing Covid-19-related financial aid to stores operated by the client.

Eversheds Sutherland Poland

The labour law department at Eversheds Sutherland Poland has expertise in assisting domestic and international clients with restructurings and employee transfers, developing incentive schemes, advising on working time requirements, and co-operating with trade unions. Its offering also includes support with pension plans, internal audits, and immigration-related matters, as well as representation of clients in labour disputes. Co-managing partner Ewa Łachowska-Brol leads the team and is active in assisting clients with the termination of employees. She is supported by counsel Adam Nierzwicki – who has expertise in whistleblowing matters – and senior associate Paweł Lasota – whose strengths lie in individual and collective labour law.


Practice head(s):

Ewa Łachowska-Brol


Other key lawyers:

Adam Nierzwicki; Paweł Lasota


Key clients

AB Foods Polska


ARM


Aspen


AstraZeneca Pharma


Avis


Axpo Services


Belchim Crop Protection Poland sp. Z o.o.


Brembo


Capital GES


Eaton


EcoWater


Emerson


Essentra


Experian Information Solutions, Inc.


Gallo Vineyards, Inc


Jio Estonia OÜ


Johnson Controls


Owens Corning Fiberglas


Medicalgorithmics S. A.


Mobica


NDC Technologies


Parakar Group B.V.


Peerless AV


Ricoh


Sims Recycling Solutions


Snap-on Incorporated


Tetra Tech ES


Turkish Airlines


URBN Outfitters


Virtusa


WeWork


WP Engine


Xylem


Greenberg Traurig Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokinski Sp. k

Greenberg Traurig Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokinski Sp. k‘s labour and employment practice is led by Anna Hałas-Krawczyk; since May 2022, she has also co-chaired the firm’s European labour group, which has enhanced the Polish office’s ability to advise on cross-border projects. Hałas-Krawczyk ‘handles negotiations with top level managers effectively’. Noted senior associate Natalia Wołkowycka is active in compliance and employee data protection issues. The wider team has expertise in post-merger integration processes, establishment of businesses in Poland, reorganisation mandates, and redundancies.

Practice head(s):

Anna Hałas-Krawczyk


Other key lawyers:

Natalia Wołkowycka; Associate Angelika Makar


Testimonials

‘Leading go-to team for private equity and venture capital with unique knowledge on equity incentive plans and senior management employment matters, especially in complex settings.’

‘This is by far one of the most professional, friendly, and hard working teams on the market.’

‘Very experienced team that has responsive and practical approaches to matters. Always delivering on time with great quality work. They are up to speed with all current issues and changes.’

‘They really work as a team and enjoy working together, which has great impact on the quality of services provided to the clients.’

‘Anna Hałas-Krawczyk is very competent and has built a great team around her. She is very involved, always spends time understanding the issues to the core, and gives practical advice.’

‘Anna Hałas-Krawczyk is a good negotiator. She handles negotiations with top level managers effectively, contributing to finalising the deal. She has great understating of the business needs of clients.’

‘Anna Hałas-Krawczyk is an outstanding leader of the practice, bringing not only significant knowledge and experience in senior management employment matters, but also commercial instinct, pragmatism, and business acumen.’

‘Anna Halas-Krawczyk is very responsive, creative, and she always finds a good solution which she helps to implement quickly. She is always on top of all the proceedings she runs, and she is always available and full of ideas.’

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners


Allianz SE


Aviva


Tripledot Studios


Żabka Group


Mr Jarosław Mikos


CORE Foundation


Grass Valley Group


Stock Polska


Madison Capital


Porsche Inter Auto Polska


PKP Energetyka S.A.


EPIC Games


Lee Hecht Harrison


Brainly


PCF Group


Abris Capital Partners


Innova Capital


Oferteo S.A.


Betfan Sp. z o.o.


Soter Sp. z o.o.


Diagnostyka Sp. o.o.


Immersion Sp. z o.o.


Work highlights


  • Advising the Allianz Group and its local HR team on employment aspects relating to HR integration after the acquisition of the Polish Aviva business by the client.
  • Advising Stock Polska on the establishment of its management incentive plan and exit bonus scheme, as well as issues related to the engagement of top management.
  • Advising Tripledot on a wide range of employment matters related to establishing the client’s presence in Poland.

WKB Lawyers

WKB Lawyers‘s employment team provides clients with support on a wide range of HR matters surrounding domestic and international M&A transactions, restructurings and collective redundancies, as well as acting in labour-related disputes. Practice head Wioleta Polak bolsters the team’s offering with her expertise in the employment aspects of public procurement law. In team development news, of counsel Agata Mietek joined from Kancelaria Ozóg Tomczykowski Sp. z o.o. in September 2021 and senior associate Mateusz Gajda from DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k. in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Wioleta Polak


Other key lawyers:

Monika Walasek; Mateusz Gadja; Magda Kurowicka; Agata Mietek


Testimonials

‘The whole team is remarkable! Very efficient, very business orientated, and really pleasant to work with!’

‘The legal advisory is on the highest level. Clients receive a full package of information with all the potential risks.’

‘All services are performed with due diligence within the agreed timeframes, and the quality of service is as expected: very good. The team has the capacity to handle complex and sophisticated cases, including with cross-border or international elements.’

‘The partners and associates take great care in communication and clients can always count on proper and immediate legal assistance. All cases handled by the team are conducted in a highly professional manner and the range of knowledge required to carry out the work is outstanding.’

‘Wioleta Polak is highly responsive and really digs into the detail in order to provide comprehensive, commercial advice.’

‘Mateusz Gadja is a strong performer.’

‘Monika Walasek and Magda Kurowicka are great lawyers with the knowledge and experience to advise on any employment-related topic. They are always up to a challenge.’

‘Wioleta Polak is not only a magnificent lawyer but also a great leader.’

Key clients

ITC Infotech


Warsaw Aviation sp. z o.o.


Ryanair Sun S.A.


Salini Impregilo S.P.A.


Salini Polska sp. z o.o.


PZU Zdrowie S.A.


Centrum Rozliczeń ElektronicznychPolskie ePłatności S.A


BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.


Accolade sp. z o.o.


Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów i Kanalizacji w m.st. Warszawie Spółka Akcyjna


Toys ”R” Us Poland sp. z o.o.


ADP Polska sp. z o.o.


Alpha Solar sp. z o.o.


Premier Research Poland sp. z o.o.


Specialized Poland Spółka z o.o.


Ralph Lauren Poland sp. z o.o.


Games Workshop Limited (sp. z o.o.)


Aviva plc.


Energix Group


HeadFirst Source Holding B.V.


Iyuno Sweden AB


OLX


Wojewodka i Wspolnicy Sp.k.

Wojewodka i Wspolnicy Sp.k. assists employers with individual and collective labour law matters, as well as mandates involving employee benefits and relations with trade unions. Its offering also encompasses wage negotiations, collective disputes, and restructurings, as well as pension scheme issues. In addition, the group represents employers in contentious proceedings. Founder Marcin Wojewódka co-leads the team, alongside Alicja PawelecPiotr Nietrzpiel, Jolanta Ślesicka-WyszyńskaKrzysztof Sosnowski, and Przemysław Krasadomski.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Wojewódka; Alicja Pawelec; Krzysztof Sosnowski; Piotr Nietrzpiel; Przemysław Krasadomski; Jolanta Ślesicka-Wyszyńska


Other key lawyers:

Dominika Mitkowska


Testimonials

‘Diversified team of professionals with a high level of experience.’

‘The most valuable strength of the team is the rare ability to apply substantive knowledge to the current business situation and to look for possible solutions in non-standard situations.’

‘Understanding of business, openness, and customer care and high qualifications. Unique and substantive cooperation with Marcin Wojewódka and Dominika Mitkowska.’

Key clients

Polska Agencja Żeglugi Powietrznej


TotalEnergies Poland


Budimex


3M Poland


Michelin Polska


McCain Poland


Miele


Lotte Wedel


Unilever Polska


DPD Polska


ESALIENS TFI


Zawirska Ruszczyk Sp. k.

Following its foundation in 2017, boutique employment firm Zawirska Ruszczyk Sp. k. has been advising both Polish and international companies on restructurings, reorganisations, and working time matters. The team also handles sensitive employee disputes regarding discrimination, mobbing, accidents in the workplace, and breach of enterprise secrets. Founder Patrycja Zawirska jointly leads the team alongside Grzegorz Ruszczyk, who is also head of the litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Patrycja Zawirska; Grzegorz Ruszczyk


Other key lawyers:

Marta Rogocz; Andrzej Orzechowski


Testimonials

‘It is particularly well known due to Grzegorz Ruszczyk, who is a very respected and experienced employment law litigator. The firm provides a high quality service.’

‘The unique things about the practice are the people and the exceptionally good cooperation.’

‘Zawirska Ruszczyk is distinguished by experience in customer service compared to other domestic law firms. It is a law firm that is not afraid of complex topics and demanding cases.’

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company


Elsevier


TrueBlue


Carrier


PSE


F.A.I. Service S. Coop.


Sapiens


PFR Nieruchomosci


Telemond Holding


Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport


Work highlights


  • Advising Elsevier on all employment and labour law matters, including preparation of new employment and labour law policies and development of new working time structures.
  • Advising The Walt Disney Company on various employment and labour law matters in Poland.
  • Advising Telemond Holding on various employment and labour law matters in Poland.

Baran Książek & Bigaj

In Warsaw, managing partner and firm founder Daniel Książek heads Baran Książek & Bigaj's employment practice, which is praised as ‘a unique offering specialising in labour law and related fields’. The team handles negotiations and disputes with trade unions, as well as anti-discrimination matters. Krzysztof Baran is a key name of note in Kraków, alongside Wojciech Bigaj, who supports clients with collective redundancies and litigation concerning occupational health.


Practice head(s):

Daniel Książek


Other key lawyers:

Krzysztof Baran; Wojciech Bigaj


Testimonials

‘A unique offering specialising in labour law and related fields.’

‘The team has a great combination of process knowledge and academic knowledge and they provide support from the moment the problem arises through the preparation of documents to a potential court process and appeal instances. They offer great cooperation at the preparatory and pre-trial stage.’

‘Full availability and ready to support clients 24/7. They provide support for preventive training in accordance with legal changes and have vast knowledge of labour law and related fields.’

Key clients

Farmacol SA


Social Insurance Institution


Bank Nowy BFG S.A.


AstraZeneca Pharma Poland Sp. z o.o.


HEMPOLAND SP. Z O.O.


IKEA Retail Sp.z o.o.


PfizerPolska Sp. zo.o.


Pfizer Trading Polska Sp. z o.o.


Sanofi-Aventis Sp. z o.o.


ING Bank Śląski S.A.


Netto Indygo sp. z o.o.


DHL Express Sp. z o.o.


Medicover Sp. z o.o.


FedexExpress Poland International Sp. z o.o.


CDZ CHAJEC & PARTNERS

CDZ CHAJEC & PARTNERS‘ employment law practice provides advice on both collective and individual labour law issues, including domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, transfer of employees, outsourcing services, and group redundancies. The team is co-led by Ewa Don-Siemion and Piotr Kryczek; Don-Siemion focuses on the financial services and TMT sectors, while Kryczek represents clients in proceedings before civil and commercial courts.

Practice head(s):

Ewa Don-Siemion; Piotr Kryczek


Other key lawyers:

Dariusz Zimnicki; Radoslaw Rudnik


Key clients

Axbit


Burr Computer Environments, Inc.


Duco Technology Poland


Aon


Computacenter Poland


Centerscape Investment


Ebara Pompy Polska


Hitachi Europe Limited


Makino


Schibsted Tech Polska


OCADO Technology


Work highlights


  • Assisted Axbit with office set-up, providing environmental advice, and creating a long-term HR strategy.
  • Advised Computacenter Poland on the introduction of new salary regulations, including bonus schemes for different units of the company.
  • Advised Makino on the process of changing its remuneration and bonus scheme by adapting it to the rules in force in the parent company in the Czech Republic.

Clifford Chance

The employment practice at Clifford Chance is active in advising private equity funds on day-to-day labour-related issues, restructurings, terminations, and management incentive plans. The team also handles cases of bullying and discrimination, disputes with trade unions, and fatal accidents in the workplace. Counsel Tomasz Derda leads the team and is praised as ‘a sharp, practical, and solution-driven lawyer’. 

Practice head(s):

Tomasz Derda


Other key lawyers:

Grzegorz Nowaczek; Joanna Kamińska; Aleksandra Ulatowska


Testimonials

‘Great and sharp team. Their advice is spot on, they are approachable, and they provide high quality advice with a short turnaround time.’

‘Tomasz Derda is a sharp, practical, and solution-driven lawyer.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola HSBC


MUFUG Bank


Naspers


Allegro.eu


Xebia Group


Arvato


CBRE Global Investors


Stryker


Warburg Pincus


FIS


Work highlights


  • Advised FIS on employment aspects related to the transfer of several hundred Polish employees of Franklin Templeton to the client.
  • Advised MUFUG Bank on the employment aspects related to the liquidation of the client’s Polish branch, in particular on the redundancy process concerning employees.
  • Advising Allegro on the operation of a stock option plan based on the participants’ entitlement to Allegro.eu shares.

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Gide Loyrette Nouel is active in assisting clients with cross-border projects, as well as representing them in contentious proceedings. Compliance issues and day-to-day advisory work are also within the group’s offering, in addition to negotiation with trade unions, terminations and restructurings, and employee transfers. Paweł Grześkowiak heads the practice and is skilled in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and social packages. Joanna Jasiewicz is also of note for advising clients on European labour law mandates.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Grześkowiak


Other key lawyers:

Joanna Jasiewicz; Magdalena Kalinowska; Urszula Wójcik


Testimonials

‘Joanna Jasiewicz is extremely dedicated to the client and has very good business knowledge of various sectors.’

Key clients

DFDS


CHEP


DSV


Orpea


GLP


Spokey


LVMH Group


ETI


Guerbet


Inter-Vion


Diasorin


P3 Logistic Parks


Work highlights


  • Assisting one of the branches of the DSV Group with all employment-related matters involving the company, including internal compliance procedures related to social issues.
  • Assisting the LVMH Group with ongoing employment-related needs, in particular the evaluation of internal policies.
  • Assisting ETi Polska with employment law issues, including development of an employment policy for the company.

NGL Legal

NGL Legal‘s employment practice applies a multi-disciplinary approach to advising start-ups and multinational companies. Its offering includes support with individual labour-related matters, as well as preparation of internal regulations and benefit programmes, and assistance with the employment aspects of M&A transactions. The team is also proficient at co-operating with trade unions, an area in which practice head Magdalena Zwolińska has substantial experience.

Practice head(s):

Magdalena Zwolińska


Other key lawyers:

Marta Murek


Testimonials

‘The team acts swiftly, providing advice relevant to specific business situations and needs. They keep track of upcoming legal developments and publish practical newsletters – very helpful for businesses.’

‘Very professional team, always prepared, and a creative team when it comes to handling complex matters. Their ability to spot or create possible solutions, map risks, and prepare a strategy for each approach is an impressive skill.’

‘They are client-oriented, diligent, and responsive. They are proactive, pragmatic, and communicate clearly. A very professional team.’

Key clients

Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe Puławy S.A.


PKP Cargo S.A.


Ejendals AB


Grupa Azoty „Koltar” sp. z o.o.


Elumatec Polska sp. z o.o.


PGE GiEK S.A.


Playtech plc


Polish Space Agency


Tesla Poland


Schindler Polska sp. z o.o.


Solenis Poland sp. z o.o.


Techtronic Industries Eastern Europe sp. z o o.


Travel Free Poland sp. z o.o.


Thomas Praefab Międzyrzecz sp. z o.o.


Symfonia Sp. z o.o.


Quickspin AB


Zarząd Morskich Portów Szczecin i Świnoujście S.A.


EWL S.A.


Atman Sp. z o.o.


Simmons & Simmons LLP


Schulke Polska sp. z o.o.


Lincoln Electric Bester sp. z o.o.


Work highlights


  • Advising Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe Puławy on several matters concerning communication with trade unions, including negotiations regarding remuneration and correspondence on collective labour disputes.
  • Advising Techtronic Industries Eastern Europe on long-term issues, including preparation of employment documentation and memoranda.
  • Advising Playtech on general employment law issues concerning the commencement of business in Poland.

Olesinski & Wspolnicy

Olesinski & Wspolnicy’s HR and labour team is based in Wrocław and is one of the firm’s key focuses, consisting of ‘high-class specialists from various fields’. Individual and collective labour law, establishment of remuneration systems for managers, and social security litigation are all within the team’s capabilities. The practice is co-chaired by Lucyna Brayshaw and Anna Chrobot, both of whom advise on collective redundancies and represent clients in disputes.

Practice head(s):

Lucyna Brayshaw; Anna Chrobot


Other key lawyers:

Nina Wiśniewska-Lech; Magdalena Maślak-Gościmińska; Ludmiła Łuczak


Testimonials

‘The team always has a solution; any problems or challenges they are confronted with, they find a way to manage it in the best way for the client.’

‘All the employees of the law firm are very kind and care about maintaining a good relationship with the client. Olesinski & Wspolnicy is recommended as trustworthy and with very good legal and professional services.’

‘All members of the legal team are true professionals in a variety of fields. No matter what questions are asked, they quickly and efficiently give a turnkey solution.’

‘The team is unique because it it is built with high-class specialists from various fields. Thanks to this, the client is provided with comprehensive legal care. They work very efficiently and the people are characterised by exceptional commitment.’

‘Valued by clients due to the fact that this is a group of high-level professionals that meet commitments and deadlines. The team offers a wide range of services and always delivers complex analyses and recommendations.’

‘Magdalena Maślak-Gościmińska is extremely professional with a broad knowledge of legal issues.’

‘Nina Wiśniewska-Lech has expert knowledge, a pragmatic approach, and a friendly personality.’

‘Magdalena Maślak-Gościmińska is an unbelievably good lawyer. She never forgets anything and she is always friendly.’

Key clients

Atlas Ward Polska sp. z o.o.


Booksy International sp. z o. o.


Boundless Technologies Limited


CCC S.A.


DeLaval Sp. z o.o.


Dr Schneider Automotive Polska sp.z o.o.


“DWS Draexlmaier Wyposażenie Wnętrz Samochodowych


Spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością”


Gates Polska sp. z o.o.


MODIVO S.A.


Franklin Products sp. z o.o.


Gigaset Communications Polska Sp. z o.o.


GKN Driveline Polska sp. z o.o.


GUOTAI-HUARONG Sp. z o.o.


Hauck Heat Treatment Sp. z o.o.


Hengst Filter Polska Sp. z o.o.


Hitachi Vantara  Sp. Z o.o.


ICB Pharma Tomasz Świętosławski


IFIRMA S.A.


Infobip sp. z o.o.


INTERSPORT POLSKA S.A.


IZOBLOK S.A.


JOST Polska Sp. z o.o.


Kaufland Polska Markety sp. z o.o. Sp. K.


KIK Textil Sp. z o. o.


Konica Minolta Buisness Solutions Polska sp. z o.o.


Krajowy Rejestr Długów Biuro Informacji Gospodarczej S.A.


Limango GmbH


Lubawa S.A.


NESTLE Polska S.A.


Objectivity Sp. z o.o.


PFEIFER Structures Sp. z o.o.


Picadilla Games Adziński, Porzucek, Czerenkiewicz sp.k.


Polskie Koleje Linowe S.A.


Selena FM S.A.


Sidel Poland sp. z o.o.


Silekol sp. z o.o.


Sitech Sp. z o. o.


SpotOn Poland Sp. z o.o.


Ten Square Games S.A.


THE HEART S.A.


Toshiba Carrier Air-Conditioning Europe Sp. z o.o.


Tristone Flowtech Poland Sp. z o. o.


UMICORE Poland sp. z o.o.


Viessmann Sp. z o.o.


Volkswagen Motor Polska sp. z o. o.


VOSS Automotive Polska Sp. z o. o.


Whirlpool Company Polska Sp. z o. o.


Work highlights


  • Advising Toshiba Carrier Air-Conditioning Europe on the development of a comprehensive executive hiring and relocation model.
  • Advised DataWalk on the development and implementation of incentive systems for its employees and suppliers.
  • Provided HalfPrice with a series of training sessions, including workshops for executives and team leaders on the basic principles of employment law in practice.

Penteris

The employment practice at Penteris supports the M&A department with labour-related work, in addition to providing advice on day-to-day matters. Other areas of expertise include litigation, collective labour law matters, and social security issues. The team also supports employers throughout internal investigations. Managing partner Agnieszka Pytlas leads the group, supported by senior associates Piotr Bobrowski and Jeremiasz Kuśmierz.


Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Pytlas


Other key lawyers:

Piotr Bobrowski; Jeremiasz Kuśmierz


Testimonials

‘The team has great experience and diversity.’

‘They are trustworthy, have great commitment, and are always searching for the best option to solve a problem.’

‘Excellent team, exceptional quality of advice, responsive, and commercial.’

Key clients

PRO Unlimited


NFQ Technologies


Northpass


DSM Nutritional Products


Flexlink


Nokian Tyres


Venture Labs GmbH


Pameni


Citigroup


Work highlights


  • Advised DSM Nutritional Products on multiple employment issues, including the replacement a board member, adoption of management board regulations, and compliance matters.
  • Advised Nokian Tyres on the preparation of employment and managerial contracts, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements; personnel management; and redundancies and employee restructuring.
  • Advising Flexlink on a range of employment matters in Poland, including assisting with remote working and Covid-19-related regulations.

Sadkowski I Wspólnicy

Sadkowski I Wspólnicy‘s labour and immigration law department predominantly advises employers from the transport, logistics, construction, energy, banking and finance, and production sectors. Its offering includes assistance with issues relating to remote working, compliance audits, training, working time, and immigration. 'Perfectly prepared' Marzena Łabędź, who supports clients with individual and collective labour law issues, helms the practice.

Practice head(s):

Marzena Łabędź


Other key lawyers:

Marta Pietrzak; Marcin Frąckowiak; Monika Kolasińska; Adam Wielgus


Testimonials

‘Broad knowledge and expertise, quick responses, availability, and readiness to help and support the client.’

‘Practitioners are competent across the whole spectrum of required services.’

‘Flexibility, immediate reaction on request, and proactivity.’

Key clients

CIRCLE K Business Centre Poland Sp. z o.o.


Servier Polska sp. z o.o. and Servier Polska Services sp. z o.o.


FIEGE Group


GROUPON SHARED SERVICES Poland sp. z o.o.


A&G Outsourcing Sp. z o.o.


FM Polska sp. z o.oLogistic sp. z o.o.


Rzeczpospolita


STOLZLE Czestochowa Sp. z o.o.


PKP Intercity S.A.


UNIMOT S.A.


A&G Outsourcing sp. z o.o.


Work highlights


  • Assisted CIRCLE K Business Centre Poland with the preparation of a comprehensive legal opinion related to remote working from abroad.
  • Advising FIEGE Group on the preparation of whistleblowing procedures in connection with the adoption of the EU Directive (2019/1937) on the protection of whistleblowers.
  • Assisting A&G Outsourcing with the handover of work to foreign employees and the consequent necessity to obtain work permits.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Agnieszka Fedor brings her expertise in collective dispute resolution and restructurings to her position as head of the labour law team at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak. The practice has been increasingly active in employee investigations, harassment cases, and related dismissals and litigation. Senior counsel Filip Sodulski focuses on internal ethics proceedings and difficult employee dismissals.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Fedor


Other key lawyers:

Filip Sodulski; Michał Hady


Testimonials

‘What distinguishes SK&S is its great professionalism and quite a large team of lawyers who specialise in various areas.’

‘Filip Sodulski is a calm person who is always focused on the task at hand; he has a great deal of understanding and tact with the employee affected by the matter and he resolves employee issues in a systematic and professional manner. If necessary, he prepares documents in both Polish and English; he is very fluent in both languages.’

‘I must admit that I always feel safe in their hands.’

Key clients

P4 sp. z o.o. and the Iliad Group


Diversis Capital


International Paper


Jeremias


Ivy


Plarium


Wix


Crown Holdings Inc.


Intel


Zalando


Work highlights


  • Represented a major company in the technical support sector in a case involving employee fraud, acting to the company’s detriment, undertaking activities competitive towards the employer, abuse of trade union rights, and the disciplinary termination of employment.
  • Representing a major producer of construction parts in a collective dispute, which involves handling negotiations with trade unions while working in close co-operation with a public relations agency.
  • Assisted a new player in the on-line shopping platforms space with the launch of activities in Poland, including advising on all aspects connected with remote working.

Squire Patton Boggs Krześniak sp.k.

The labour and employment group at Squire Patton Boggs Krześniak sp.k. fields ‘very competent specialists’ who advise on the hiring and dismissal of senior employees, reorganisations, compliance matters, and strategic planning. Immigration law is also an increasing focus for the team. The practice is chaired by Małgorzata Grzelak, whose areas of expertise include board-level hiring and severance, confidentiality, and restrictive covenants. In June 2022, senior associate Zuzanna Rosner-Laskorzyńska joined the team from Raczkowski.


Practice head(s):

Małgorzata Grzelak


Other key lawyers:

Zuzanna Rosner-Laskorzyńska


Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive.’

‘Very competent specialists.’

Key clients

Kongsberg Automotive


Work highlights


  • Advised Kongsberg Automotive on employment issues following the sale of its Interior Comfort Systems business unit to Lear Corporation.

Wiewiórski Legal

The employment and global mobility practice at Wiewiórski Legal is based in Wrocław, and has recently been active in assisting clients with matters related to the Covid-19 pandemic, such as remote working. Another new focus for the team is the introduction of compliance advice for HR departments. It is also proficient in managing relationships with trade unions, handling restructurings, and dealing with accidents at work. Firm founder Marek MacIej Wiewiorski and Magdalena Szeptycka jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Marek Maciej Wiewiórski; Magdalena Szeptycka


Other key lawyers:

Anna Kasędra


Testimonials

‘An exceptionally broad knowledge of different areas of law.’ 

‘A team of experts specialised in various domains and aspects of law. Regardless of what the request or task is, there’s always an expert available who can provide the necessary guidance.’

‘Makes a difference when it comes to complicated cases that require the attention of different types of specialists. Their in-house experts, supported by the consultants they’re working with, are able to tackle any issue. What’s important is that they do it in a transparent way.’

‘Magdalena Szeptycka is an exceptional expert in the area of labour law. She is able both to lead the project from inception to completion and answer all questions. She is professional, diligent, and practical.’

‘Magdalena Szeptycka is an exceptional advisor on all employment-related matters. Marek Maciej Wiewiórski provides insights and suggestions on better alignment and new initiatives.’

‘Magdalena Szeptycka is a senior lawyer with huge experience from carrying out several projects for international clients.’

‘Anna Kasędra is focused on accuracy and always tries to solve and describe the topic deeply without any doubts and space for over-interpretation.’

‘Anna Kasędra is a great lawyer with outstanding knowledge.’

Key clients

Fresenius-Kabi


Acturis


Kraft Heinz


Knowable


Controlant


Imagination Technologies


Cognitran


Virtido


Eika


Ideal Standard


Coherent Solutions


Meero


Factor Law


Huber Group


Consult.Red


Unic


Work highlights


  • Assisted Red.Consult with the TUPE process of taking over a group of employees from a Polish subsidiary belonging to a major global telecommunications and electronic entertainment provider.
  • Assisted Controlant with all employment matters related to the opening of a new operation centre in Wrocław, which focuses on real-time monitoring of the supply chain.
  • Advised Cognitran on the preparation of a new structure for employing IT specialists, including self-employed contractors.

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss‘ Warsaw-based employment practice sits within the firm’s wider CEE group, enabling it to handle cross-border projects and M&A transactions. The offering also encompasses both individual and collective labour law, termination of employees, compliance matters, restructurings and TUPE, and litigation. Data protection issues and immigration law mandates are also within the team’s capabilities. Peter Daszkowski leads the group with the support of Agnieszka Nowak-Blaszczak, who was promoted to counsel in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Peter Daszkowski


Other key lawyers:

Agnieszka Nowak-Blaszczak


Testimonials

‘They provide clear, concise advice on a variety of employment issues. The quality and value of the work is great.’

‘Agnieszka Nowak-Blaszczak is great. She’s responsive and pragmatic in her counselling, allowing clients to navigate unique Polish employment issues.’

‘Agnieszka Nowak-Blaszczak is professional and committed. She has a willingness to help as well as patience in explaining legal procedures and processes.’

Key clients

HedgeServ


PandaDoc Inc.


International Rescue Committee


Deliveroo


Bright Machines


Heidrick & Struggles


Larsen & Toubro Infotech


Erwin Hymer Group


GKN Automotive


Deel


Work highlights


  • Advised International Rescue Committee on all employment matters related to providing humanitarian assistance immediately after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine.
  • Advised Deel on issues arising as a result of hiring employees and contractors in Poland, and the reclassification risk.
  • Advised Hymer on all employment issues related to entering the Polish market.

BSJP bnt Brockhuis Jurczak Prusak Sroka Nilsson Zamorska Sp.k.

BSJP | bnt attorneys in CEE’s labour, employment, and HR department acts for domestic and international employers in both the private and public sectors, especially large entrepreneurs from the industrial and logistics sectors. It supports clients with day-to-day employment matters, as well as mobility and restructuring matters, and litigation proceedings before administrative bodies and public authorities. Christoph Garschynski in Poznań and Ewa Boryczko in Warsaw jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Garschynski; Ewa Boryczko


Other key lawyers:

Aleksandra Wylecioł


Testimonials

‘The firm provides a broad range of services. It is a ‘one- stop-shop’ of tailor-made solutions for a variety of topics and has a flexible approach.’

‘Clients appreciate the reactivity of the team and the full respect of the tight deadlines.’

‘Each of the lawyers are dedicated and specialised in a specific area.’

Key clients

TTEC EUROPE B.V. Sp. z o.o.


Work highlights


  • Advising a US-based CX technology provider on all HR matters connected with the company’s first nearshore Eastern European location.
  • Advised a Belgian provider of 3D printing and software solutions on immigration matters connected with rebasing the client’s Ukrainian personnel to Poland.
  • Advising a Polish branch of a UK-based cyber security start-up on all HR matters connected with the client’s personnel in Poland.

CRIDO

CRIDO‘s employment practice is led by Edyta Defanska-Czujko, and is skilled in assisting clients with Covid-19-related labour law matters, in addition to advising on the regulatory, criminal, and tax aspects of employment issues. The team also undertakes negotiations with trade unions, as well as representing clients before courts and public authorities.

Practice head(s):

Edyta Defańska-Czujko


Other key lawyers:

Sabina Carbol-Majnusz; Aneta Brzózka


Testimonials

‘Crido’s team always provides high quality services tailored to clients’ indications and needs. They are well prepared in court hearings and successfully guide clients through the proceedings.’

‘The most important and valuable team strengths are their capability to adapt to clients’ needs, as well as to present any legal aspects in a clear and simple manner in order to facilitate any labour actions. The team’s members have extensive litigation experience and an out-of-the-box approach that is appreciated.’

‘No matter what the case, the services provided by the team are always of the highest quality. They always try to get to the bottom of the problem by asking specific and detailed questions, and they respond directly to all queries and doubts.’

‘Crido’s employment team has a high level of knowledge and experience in the services they provide, so clients feel comfortable and know they can count on their professionalism. The services are always tailored to the specifics of a client’s business and needs.’

‘Edyta Defańska-Czujko has broad knowledge in the field of labour law, including day-to-day business advisory and litigation. Due to her experience and knowledge, she meets clients’ expectations at the highest level. Legal advisory provided by her is always complex and fully addresses the problems.’

‘Edyta Defańska-Czujko and Sabina Carbol-Majnusz have wide knowledge in the area of labour law and at the same time their work can be characterised by great kindness and courtesy in contact. The support of both of them is valuable.’

‘Edyta Defańska-Czujko, Sabina Carbol-Majnusz, and Aneta Brzózka always keep an eye on their clients’ cases and pay much attention. They have experience and knowledge in day-to-day legal advisory as well as in litigation cases.’

‘Edyta Defańska-Czujko has been involved in employment cases for many years and has extensive knowledge regarding both individual and collective labour law. She is a highly professional and experienced lawyer who is able to provide advice on a risk-based approach.’

Work highlights


  • Represented clients in numerous court cases concerning the possibility of combining subsidies obtained under the provisions of the Anti-Crisis Shield.
  • Advised Dino Polska on possible business opportunities on Sundays, taking into account the limitations imposed on such options by the legislator.
  • Assisted a client with the establishment of an Anti-Mobbing and Anti-Discrimination Committee to conduct a special investigation procedure into the possibility of irregularities with the regulations.

Deloitte Legal, Ostrowski, Gizicki i Wspólnicy sp.k.

Deloitte Legal, Ostrowski, Gizicki i Wspólnicy sp.k.‘s employment law and benefits team advises clients on day-to-day matters, as well as multi-disciplinary cases requiring tax, social security, and corporate law expertise. Collective redundancies and terminations are also within the team’s capabilities. The practice is led by Katarzyna Sarek-Sadurska, who joined the firm in November 2021 from Kancelaria Raczkowki, alongside five other specialised practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Katarzyna Sarek-Sadurska


Testimonials

‘The team’s advantage is the theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as the ability to adapt to the clients’ needs.’

‘The team, led by Katarzyna Sarek-Sadurska, has great experience with deep knowledge and a client-oriented approach.’

‘Katarzyna Sarek-Sadurska is building a great labour law team in Deloitte. Her co-workers are very knowledgeable and work very effectively, even in the most complicated cases.’

‘What is notable is Deloitte’s and Katarzyna Sarek-Sadurska’s efforts to increase awareness and address the gender gap pay.’

‘Katarzyna Sarek-Sadurska is not only one of the best labour law experts in Poland, but she’s a true businesswoman and advisor. She listens, understands, analyses, and guides the client to make the best possible decisions. She’s got depth in business knowledge and a perspective which allows her to offer practical, not just theoretical, legal advice.’

‘Katarzyna Sarek-Sadurska’s team consists mainly of young, energetic lawyers who gained their experience in leading law firms.’

‘Katarzyna Sarek-Sadurska is not only a true expert in employment law but also an extremely engaged partner for business. She brings thoughtful advice which includes not only the law but also considers impact on PR aspects and the business.’

‘Katarzyna Sarek-Sadurska is one of the best lawyers in the employment area in Poland, with a business approach, and broad substantive and practical knowledge.’

Key clients

Dom Maklerski Banku Ochrony Środowiska S.A.


Work highlights


  • Advising the Polish branch of a foreign bank on gender pay gap issues.
  • Advising an international IT company on the termination of its co-operation with a former Board President due to improper behaviour towards another co-worker.
  • Advising a client on the alignment of remuneration policies and drafting of necessary disclosure information.

EY Law

EY Law‘s employment practice offers a multi-disciplinary approach for clients in the banking and finance, IT, and real estate sectors. The team assists with remuneration structures for top management and employees, employee share purchase plans, compliance issues, and whistleblowing matters. Corporate lawyer Zuzanna Zakrzewska leads the group.

Practice head(s):

Zuzanna Zakrzewska


Other key lawyers:

Ewa Gajda-Kozłowska; Zbigniew Pindel


Testimonials

‘The team is able to deliver prompt support, even in complex issues. They have a proactive attitude towards client needs and the implementation of assigned tasks.’

‘Comprehensive service consisting of delivering on all important issues, not only those explicitly entrusted to be solved.’

‘Very broad experience regarding the implementation of the provisions and principles regulating remunerating members of corporate bodies.’

‘A very dedicated and available team. The team has very experienced members that know the latest local practices of the authorities, as well as European trends.’

‘The team provides end-to-end employment law support.’

‘Ewa Gajda-Kozłowska and Zuzanna Zakrzewska present the best substantive preparation and are easily available when it comes to contact regarding the entrusted matters.’

Key clients

Globant España S.A


Basler AG


Raiffeisen Bank International AG


Polski Holding Hotelowy


JustPremium sp. z o.o.


Accenture Services sp. z o.o.


FD Technologies PLC


Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Poland Sp. z o.o.


Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co.,


PFR S.A.


PFR Ventures


PZU S.A.


Pekao S.A.


Alior Bank S.A.


NREP


United Technologies International Operations, Inc.


BEC a.m.b.a.


Mercedes-Benz Leasing Polska sp. z o.o,


Cinema City


Work highlights


  • Assisted Polski Holding Hotelowy with employment-related due diligence on the target businesses of five companies, owning a total of 32 hotel facilities and employing in total over 1,000 staff.
  • Advised Globant España on setting up their business in Poland and implementing employment-related documentation.
  • Assisting FD Technologies with the implementation of employment-related internal regulations and the adaptation of its global policies to the requirements of Polish law.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

The employment offering at Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP is jointly overseen by Andrzej Dębiec and senior associate Agnieszka Szczodra-Hajduk. The group sits within the corporate department, and utilises the firm’s global network to advise international clients on the labour aspects of M&A transactions. It also handles employee mobility and remuneration matters. Marek Wroniak left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Dębiec; Agnieszka Szczodra-Hajduk


Other key lawyers:

Paulina Przewoźnik-Lewinski; Aleksandra Sudak-Przybyła


Testimonials

‘They are very professional, but also very friendly and flexible with clients.’

‘Knowledgeable, attentive, available, and practical in their advice.’

‘A friendly and very supportive team that put their hearts into what they do.’

‘Great expertise, knowledge of local practices, a pragmatic approach, and availability of senior advisors.’

‘Agnieszka Szczodra-Hajduk is a specialist with long-lasting experience in labour law and is perfect in finding easy solutions to complex issues. She has a very pragmatic and business-oriented approach.’

‘Agnieszka Szczodra-Hajduk is very attentive to client needs.’

‘Paulina Przewoźnik-Lewinski is very communicative, practical, and provides comprehensive advice.’

‘Agnieszka Szczodra-Hajduk is someone very professional and very human at the same time. She has huge knowledge about labour law in practice, she is very proactive in satisfying client needs, and she always makes sure the client considers all possible options and the whole context.’

Key clients

Intel


Amdocs


Equinix Poland


IBM


Viatris


Mylan Group


Corning


Dover


TI Poland


Arthrex


Texas Instruments


Atlassian


Lionbridge


Honeywell Group


Centrum Pro Bono


Work highlights


  • Advised Intel Corporation on employment aspects of the RemoteMy App acquisition.
  • Advised Amdocs on remote work and employee benefits.
  • Advised Equinix on internal integration processes.

Kopec & Zaborowski

The labour law practice at Kopec & Zaborowski is jointly led by managing partner Marta Kopeć and Joanna Chmielińska, and it supports HR departments, management boards of companies, and entrepreneurs with their employment needs. The team’s offering includes restructurings and the transfer of employees, collective labour law matters, and disputes.


Practice head(s):

Marta Kopeć; Joanna Chmielińska


Other key lawyers:

Izabela Dziubak-Napiórkowska


Testimonials

‘The practice is made unique by the team’s dedication and putting 100% commitment into clients. All the lawyers who make up the practice are able to approach each client and each assignment individually and with a focus on business-beneficial solutions. This is extremely important and makes the services provided highest level.’ 

‘Each partner and associate is characterised by high substantive skills as well as inter-personal skills.’

‘Clients have exceptionally good experience with KKZ and they deal excellently with the most complex and difficult cases.’

Key clients

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A.


EDISON school


Solutions 30 Holding Sp. z o.o.


Ferring Pharmaceuticals Poland Sp. z o. o.


Public Polish Radio


Develeap


Burda Media Polska sp. z o.o.


Work highlights


  • Represented a large producer of high-quality hard coking coal in several collective disputes involving trade unions.
  • Represented a company in cases brought by former management board members who appealed to the court against dismissals without notice pursuant to Article 52 of the Labour Code.
  • Assisted Ferring Pharmaceuticals Poland with identification of a way for employees working for the client’s Ukrainian company to continue doing so.

Linklaters

Linklaters‘ employment practice supports clients on the labour elements of transactional matters, and also advises on sensitive mandates including those relating to whistleblowing, mobbing, and discrimination. As part of a global firm, it can easily advise both international and domestic clients. Monika Krzyszkowska-Dąbrowska heads the group, and is noted for expertise in hiring and terminating at the management level, as well as individual and collective redundancies.

Practice head(s):

Monika Krzyszkowska-Dąbrowska


Other key lawyers:

Łukasz Burakowski


Testimonials

‘Linklaters’ diverse global network and capabilities enables clients to remain focused on the business while leveraging expertise that Linklaters brings within a specific area. It is appreciated that the team is able to leverage the network internally to provide counsel for complex legal matters.’

‘The flexibility and availability of the Linklaters team is appreciated, in addition to the clear communication of the team members regarding anticipated delivery of legal counsel or document reviews.’

‘The team provides fast and commercially-minded advice. They understand how international groups function and can put Polish law into perspective for international clients.’

‘Monika Krzyszkowska-Dąbrowska is extremely helpful in explaining complex legal considerations in simple terms that clients can easily understand.’

‘Monika Krzyszkowska-Dąbrowska is knowledgeable, commercially minded, responsive, and flexible.’

‘Monika Krzyskowska-Dąbrowska always gives clear advice and meets any deadlines stipulated.’

‘Monika Krzyskowska-Dąbrowska understands the business very well and gives advice tailored to the client.’

Key clients

Unilever


Intel


BNP Paribas


PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited


Kronospan


Work highlights


  • Advising Unilever on a range of employment matters, including those relating to the €4.5bn sale of a  tea business portfolio of 34 brands to CVC Capital Partners.
  • Advised PwC on employment issues relating to the sale of PwC’s global mobility tax and immigration services.

Noerr

Noerr‘s employment and pensions group is typically instructed by clients active in the professional services, manufacturing, financial services, real estate, and retail sectors. The team is increasingly involved in post-M&A employment work, and its offering also includes day-to-day advisory, litigation, and projects involving immigration law and employee transfers. Jarosław Kalikowski heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jarosław Kalikowski


Testimonials

‘The team is reactive and competent.’

‘Very good communication of the next steps by the team. Clients are able to figure out the best strategic option based on the legal background provided.’

‘The team is very reliable and creates a trustworthy atmosphere with good discussions about strategic issues during negotiations.’

Key clients

Blackboard


Cloudinary


Inflexion,


Worldline


Rubix Group


SD Worx


Mayer Polska


TripStack


ERGO


NGK Spark Plug


Gazelle Global


Finiata


PEAC


Totolotek


AVID Technology


Gates Corporation


TAG Immobilien AG


StoneX


AMD International Sales & Service


Cedrob


HikVision


Data Modul


Work highlights


  • Advising AMD International Sales & Service on ongoing employment issues.
  • Advising StoneX on day-to-day employment matters.
  • Assisted Germany-based TAG Immobilien on employment issues relating to its acquisition of Robyg from Bricks Acquisitions.

PCS Paruch Chruściel Schiffter Stępień | Littler Global

Specialised HR law firm PCS Paruch Chruściel Schiffter Stępień | Littler Global was founded in 2020, and predominantly assists employers with a range of labour law matters, including global mobility and immigration law mandates, disputes, trade union relations and collective bargaining, and workplace bullying and harassment cases. Sławomir Paruch and Karolina Schiffter in Warsaw, Łukasz Chruściel in Katowice, Robert Stępień in Kraków, and Karolina Kanclerz in Wrocław all jointly lead the team.


Practice head(s):

Sławomir Paruch; Łukasz Chruściel; Karolina Schiffter; Robert Stępień; Karolina Kanclerz


Other key lawyers:

Paweł Sych


Testimonials

‘The team is a well-rounded group of individuals with various backgrounds who work efficiently together. The team is receptive to feedback and willing to learn and up-skill. PCS has also invested time into knowing its clients.’

‘The law firm is extremely modern in its approach to the provision of legal services, as well as perfectly organised in terms of management and administration, thus it is able to work on the largest projects and sophisticated cases in Poland.’

‘Thanks to its reputation and pro-employee approach, the firm attracts the greatest legal talents from the market, enabling them to develop enormously and with great autonomy. The PCS Law Firm brings a world-class level to the Polish legal market in terms of implemented solutions and concepts.’

Key clients

Omnipresent


Work highlights


  • Assisting Omnipresent with various employment matters.