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2018 was a landmark year for Poland, as the country became the first from the former Soviet bloc to be recognised as a developed economy on the FTSE index. Indeed, in the third quarter of the year, GDP grew by 5.1%, the fastest rise in the EU, with the real estate sector seeing a particular boom. The atmosphere on the political front has been febrile, as the ruling Law and Justice party attempted to introduce judicial reforms that would have forced Supreme Court justices into early retirement. As a result of these reforms, lawyers reported a rise in the use of arbitration, following a loss of business confidence in the legal system. However, after a ruling from the European Court of Justice in October 2018, this policy was reversed.

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Laszczuk & Partners

Łaszczuk & Partners is a Warsaw-based independent law firm that has been providing legal services to Polish and foreign businesses since 1989. In our work we combine knowledge and experience with creativity and understanding of business needs. We seek to ensure our clients stability and legal security in their operations. Our team of talented lawyers act quickly, developing optimal, effective and practical legal solutions.

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The legal market is currently in a state of flux. State procurement rules have put pressure on fee structures, meaning government work is now less lucrative and predominantly awarded to large Polish firms, such as Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak and Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka. International firms such as Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k. and Clifford Chance still dominate the high-value private sector work, but firms with a smaller presence might become less profitable. These pressures are also combined with a generational shift, as law firms set up just after the fall of communism are now considering succession issues. There is a new crop of smaller, more agile firms springing up, capitalising on a need for high-quality sector-specific expertise; Maruta Wachta sp. j. and Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners standing out for TMT-related work. Finally, in major team-move news, the managing partner of DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k., Krzysztof Wiater, left to found NGL Wiater sp.k, bringing with him a team from his old firm, while in January 2019, the partnership at Kochanski Zieba & Partners split, forming new firms Kochanski & Partners and Zieba & Partners.

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  • KZP has advised EPP on the acquisition of King Cross Marcelin shopping centre

    Kochański Zięba & Partners law firm (KZP) advises EPP on its EUR 91.1 million acquisition of King Cross Marcelin shopping centre in Poznan – EPP’s first entry into Poznan.
  • Kochanski Zieba & Partners advised Groupe Beneteau on the aqcuisition of Delphia Yachts

    Kochanski Zieba & Partners (KZP) advised Groupe Beneteau (France), one of the two largest sailing and power boat manufacturers globally, on its transaction with Delphia Yachts – Poland’s leading boatbuilder. As a result of this transaction, the rights to sailing and power boat designs, and the building and marketing activities of the Delphia and Maxi Yacht brands were acquired.
  • Are you up to date on important Polish labour law matters?

    As an employer it is vital that you are informed on new labour law related issues that could negatively affect your organisation. In this legal insights we explore a number of these important legal points. read more...
  • Kochański Zieba & Partners wins the case of Jan Rokita against Konrad Kornatowski

    By its judgment dated 19 June 2015 entered in the case brought by Jan Rokita against Konrad Kornatowski (former Police Commander in Chief), the Regional Court in Warsaw allowed the claim and rendered unenforceable the 2009 judgment of the Court of Appeal ordering Jan Rokita to make a statement of apology to Konrad Kornatowski in Dziennik newspaper.
  • Kochański Zięba & Partners wins the case for the editors-in-chief of “Fakt” and Fakt.pl agains

    On 13 August 2015, the Court of Appeal in Warsaw dismissed in its entirety an action brought by the General Inspectorate for Road Transport against Robert Feluś and Grzegorz Jankowski for publication of a correction to the press release entitled “Libacja inspektorów od radarów ”. The article was published in “Fakt Gazeta Codzienna” on 27 September 2013.
  • Kochański Zięba & Partners wins a case for Ringier Axel Springer Polska (RASP) against Kata

    On 26 June 2015, the Regional Court in Warsaw dismissed in its entirety a claim filed by Katarzyna Tusk against Ringier Axel Springer Polska (RASP) represented by Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners Law Firm.
  • Kochański Zięba & Partners wins a case for a Former Editor-in-Chief of FAKT.PL

    On 1 October 2015, the Court of Appeal in Warsaw  reversed the judgment of the Regional Court in Warsaw announced on 2 February 2015 in the case brought by Marek Falenta against Michał Wodziński (the former editor of Fakt.pl) and dismissed the action for publication, on the fakt.pl portal, of corrections to the following press articles: “Tak żyje kelner od afery taśmowej” (“This Is How the Tape Scandal Waiter Lives”), “Tak ”Król węgla” chciał obalić Tuska?” (“Is This How the ‘Coal King’ Wanted to Overthrow Tusk?”), “Węglowy król: jakie ma haki na premiera?” (“The Coal King: What Does He Have on the Prime Minister?”), “Adwokat Falenty z pluskwą w teczce?” (“Falenta’s Lawyer With a Bug in His Briefcase?”), “Nowa hipoteza: Trio frustratów stoi za taśmami” (“The New Hypothesis:  There’s a Trio of Frustrated People Behind the Tapes”), “Tak mieszka król węgla od afery taśmowej” (“This Is How the Tape Scandal Coal King Lives”).
  • Employee monitoring in the modern business services sector

    As the modern business services market continues to experience explosive growth in Poland, it is worth keeping in mind the legal issues surrounding practices related to monitoring of employees. The line between lawful and unlawful monitoring practices is at times unclear, and issues of personal data protection also must be kept in mind.
  • Processing personal data in the BPO/SSC sector

    Personal data protection generates a large number of difficulties in the day-to-day activity of service centres. This results from the complicated processes surrounding the processing of personal data in international corporations and the unique nature of the BPO/SSC industry, but also from the restrictive requirements of Polish law regarding personal data. 
  • Common minimum wage in Germany

    New minimum wage act sets lowest hourly remuneration for workers at Euro 8.50 from 1 January 2015. This regulation will have crucial impact on undertakings from other countries providing their services in Germany. Foreign employers will have to comply with the new law and pay their employees staying in Germany at least Euro 8.50 per hour. 

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