Poland

Review

Dispute resolution
Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is active across all areas of dispute resolution. Adam Kowalczyk and Bartłomiej Niewczas are key names in the firm. 

White-collar crime is a key area of disputes work for the firm. The firm regularly assists clients on corruption matters, unfair competition, intellectual property criminal cases and breach of trade secrets. 

The firm advised a European manufacturer in criminal and civil proceedings relating to breach of trust issues, unfair competition and unauthorised disclosure of company secrets to a former subcontractor of the company. 

Another case saw the firm advise a Sweden based subsidiary of FLIR systems, a commercial design company, in the theft of software and unlawful duplication of the software.

 

BWHS Wojciechowski Springer & Partners

 

BWHS Wojciechowski Springer & Partners practice the full range of dispute resolution practices. The dispute resolution team consists of four partners and 12 lawyers. Key names in the firm include team lead Andrzej Springer, Mirosław Skrycki, Dariusz Bucior and Mirosława Żytkowska-Kocik.

The firm serves clients in the banking and technology sectors.

During the research period the firm advised UPC Polska in a case relating to unfair competition. Another case saw the firm advise a national investment fund client in a dispute relating to compensation and contractual penalties.

DeBenedetti Majewski Szczesniak

DeBenedetti Majewski Szczesniak regularly advise clients in civil litigation proceedings. Notable names in the firm include Dariusz Szcześniak, Jarosław Majewski, Wojciech Barański. 

Key clients for the firm include Penton, Long Victory Incorporation, BCD Travel and TVN. 

 

The firm advised a client in a class action suit which was filed by clients of a bankrupt property developer. Another case saw the firm advise a Polish food producer in a restructuring case.

Dentons

Dentons is a reputable firm across the CEE region. The dispute resolution team consist of 44 lawyers. The department is divided into eight teams of different specialisations: construction and infrastructure, real estate litigation, white collar and criminal, regulatory disputes, corporate disputes, administrative disputes, insolvency-related disputes and arbitration. 

Wojciech Kozłowski, Anna Maria Pukszto, Prof. Katarzyna BilewskaMichał Jochemczak, Patrick Radzimierski and Agnieszka Wardak are key names in the firm. 

The firm advised a number of banks and farm-investors in energy-related disputes concerned alleged violations of public procurement law. The details of all other cases worked on during the research period remain confidential. 

Client feedback 

“High quality work including in-depth verification of available documents and correspondence. Professional advice containing pointing out possible scenarios and its consequences on different areas of operations of the company.”  

“I am very satisfied with the cooperation. Lawyers working in Ms Wardak's department provide fast, reasonable and business oriented advice.” 

“Dentons is well known in the market. It is the largest law firm in Poland. They are recognised not only due to their size but also, and mainly due to their expertise. They are capable of acting on a broad range of matters. They are reliable and business oriented. Their commitment and quality of work is undoubtedly their strongest point. I appreciate cooperation with Dentons due to the positive communication process, responsiveness and their ability to explain complex issues in a comprehensible manner.” 

“The team itself impressed me with its flexibility and focus on finding efficient solutions. They understand the peculiarities and provide advice which is clear. I am very satisfied with their proactive approach.” 

Katarzyna Bilewska 

“Professor Katarzyna Bilewska, the head of the corporate disputes team at Dentons, combines strong expertise and a business and client-oriented attitude with exceptionally deep academic knowledge. I highly appreciate her responsiveness, professionalism and understating of our business. I like the way she gets involved in my company's problems and looks for solutions. For example, professor Bilewska and her team found us a precedent-setting way of securing our claims in the dispute which allowed us to freeze our company's assets and prevent their dilution.” 

DLA Piper

DLA Piper operates in Warsaw and has a dispute resolution team consisting of 26 lawyers including three partners. Key names in the department are Krzysztof Kycia and Tomasz Rudyk. Key areas of disputes for the firm include arbitration and white-collar and criminal cases. Other areas the firm regularly advise on include commercial litigation, energy litigation and real estate. 

The firm’s case work highlights its strength in the energy sector, with the majority of cases worked on being in this sector. The firm advised a client in a dispute concerning energy supply and the balancing of energy on the wholesale market. The firm also advised a client in a retail real estate case where the litigation was regarding the eviction of stores in the shopping centre.  was filed by clients of a bankrupt property developer. Another case saw the firm advise a Polish food producer in a restructuring case.

Client feedback 2020

“The overall rating of the company is very high. The company has shown very high efficiency in court proceedings.” - Insurance  

Piotr Olkowski

“He is a very competent person. He exhibits negotiating skills that have helped a lot to solve our problems.” 

Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Traurig is a notable firm in the Polish market and is highly active in dispute resolution work. Key names in the firm include Paweł Pietkiewicz, Andrzej Wysokiński, Robert Lis and Paweł Tatarczak.  The firm’s litigation and arbitration department consist of ten lawyers including four partners. 

Key practice areas for the firm include banking and finance, real estate, tax and competition. The firm note its preference of taking on smaller number of highly complex dispute matters. The litigation and arbitration team consists of three partners and ten lawyers. 

The firm is representing mBank in a large consumer class action case. The case is dealing with breaches on contractual obligations regarding fixed interest rates on foreign currency mortgage loans. 

 

In an ICC arbitration, the firm is representing a real estate client against claims worth over €30 million. The case is dealing with merger control practices, contractual penalty regime requirements, rights of first refusal and technical due diligence standards. 

Jara Drapala & Partners

Jara Drapala & Partners specialises in construction disputes as evidenced by the firm’s case work during the research periodPrzemysław Drapała and Przemysław Drapała are key names in the firm and head the dispute resolution department. 

In the construction space, the firm advised a leading Polish construction company in a dispute concerning payment of additional remuneration for a change in the construction technology of a railway bridge. Another construction case saw the firm advise UNIBEP in a case arising due to problems with the construction of a road project.

Client feedback 

“We strongly recommend JDP law firm, because they are experts in construction law, available for any need and able to support the client even with a fast pace and respecting very demanding deadlines.” - Construction 

Przemislaw Drapala 

In-depth knowledge of construction law and experience in the local business.” 

“Clever examining of the situation and innovative suggestions of possible solutions.”  

“Available and responsive in respect to client's needs.” 

“Prompt in replying and providing clarification and advice.” 

Andrzej Sokolowski  

“Andrzej Sokołowski is a very experienced litigator and a partner in the construction and dispute resolution practice groups.” 

“Witness examination is the aspect in which Mr Sokołowski truly shines. This is due to the fact that not only is he an excellent lawyer but also possesses in-depth knowledge of the construction sector which helps detect any potential inconsistencies in witness testimonies both during direct and most importantly – in cross-examination.”

“I do not think there is anything Mr Sokołowski can improve nor do I believe there are any particular weaknesses. 

Kopec & Zaborowski

Kopec & Zaborowski focus on four key areas of litigation and disputes: intellectual property, technology and telecommunications, labour law and criminal law. 

Maciej Zaborowski heads the dispute resolution department and Hubert Kubik is another key name in the firm. The department has 18 lawyers dedicated to dispute resolution cases. 

Marcin Chodkowski is head of the white-collar crime department. During the research period, the firm handled a high number of white-collar crime cases. In a white-collar crime case led by Maciej Zaborowski, the firm represented a former President of the Management Board of one of the largest banks in Poland.  

The firm represented a dairy group in a blackmailing case which saw two of the company’s employees demanding €880,000 or they would reveal mass falsification by the company of best before dates of its food. 

Client feedback 2021 

"Kopec & Zaborowski Team is group of litigators who are frequently sought out by major press and television companies, as well as well-known individuals. It is notable for its superb capabilities in high-profile disputes. The team is particularly strong in intellectual property, libel and privacy disputes. In this narrow specialization, in my opinion, they achieved a masterful level. Professionalism, personal culture and a fully business approach make this office stand out from the competition. I highly recommend this team to other representatives of the media world.” - white-collar crime 

“I am not afraid to say that it is a completely unique company and a unique team of lawyers. I am sure that this is one of the best law firms on the Polish market specializing in press law (media law) and personal rights. This combination of legal areas linked with the excellent cooperation of lawyers with the Companies and Transactions Department, gives great opportunities to clients”. - intellectual property 

Maciej Zaborowski 

“Maciej Zaborowski is at the same time – the managing partner and practicing lawyer. He has a solid litigation practice. He has particular experience in the representation of plaintiffs in many media law and personal rights cases. He is a real leader in his field. In Poland, his services are used by politicians, journalists and presidents of the largest companies.” 

“A superb trial lawyer who knows the media industry inside out. He is also a wonderful person. He offers a wealth of experience in litigation claims affecting the media industry, with strengths in intellectual property, libel and privacy disputes. He also has a unique ability to offer very clear instructions and good counsel when weighing in on business decisions. In my opinion, he is one of the best trail lawyers in Poland.” 

“The lawyer Maciej Zaborowski (Managing Partner of the Law Office) deserves the greatest distinction. I've never had such lawyer involved before. It is worth emphasizing that he is also looking for atypical solutions that will allow the optimal outcome of the dispute to be achieved for the client. It is a completely new quality on the Polish market. He is quite young lawyer (36), but completely unique.” 

Hubert Kubik 

"An extraordinarily good lawyer with terrific litigation skills. He is also incredibly hard-working lawyer." 

Client feedback 2020

This legal team is distinguished for the fact that I can trust them, they know the strategy of my future actions, they are aware of information which is confidential. I like the fact that I always get a clear opinion from them. They do not hide behind reservations such as: it seems to be, it may be. Whereas other legal offices do that all the time, and that is why their recommendations are not useful.” - Intellectual property 

Kopec & Zaborowski’s dispute resolution team is a group of litigators who are frequently sought out by major press and television companies, as well as well-known individuals. It is notable for its superb capabilities in high-profile disputes. The team is particularly strong in intellectual property, libel, criminal law and privacy disputes. In this narrow specialisation, in my opinion, they achieve a masterful level. Professionalism, personal culture and a fully business approach makes this office stand out from the competition. I highly recommend this team to other representatives of the media world.” - Intellectual property 

This is a completely unique company and a unique team of lawyers. I am sure that this is one of the best law firms on the Polish market specialising in intellectual property law (press law), personal rights and criminal law. This combination of legal areas linked with the excellent cooperation of lawyers with the companies and transactions department, gives great opportunities to clients.  - Intellectual property 

“Lawyers in the dispute resolution department listen very carefully to the client's problems and try to understand them best. With great pleasure I recommend this office to other journalists and my friends.” - Intellectual property 

Maciej Zaborowski 

“Mr Zaborowski has an extensive knowledge regarding media law and criminal law, but also a lot of experience in different types of cases. Thanks to that he can provide good recommendations and is able to foresee the steps of the opponents. I like the fact that he is available and that I can always contact him. I like his style of preparation of documents/analyses – everything is clear and easily comprehensible. I never need to ask any additional questions, because his messages are complex – and I appreciate that, being an attorney-at-law myself. It is also important that Mr Zaborowski is capable of foreseeing when the dispute will not be settled to our advantage and then he suggests to withdraw from further proceedings.”  

“Mr Zaborowski has great interpersonal skills and a very good approach, and he understands the needs and expectations of the client. I think that both parties are happy with the cooperation. The advocate Hubert Kubik and Marcin Chodkowski are also worth mentioning. They are great attorneys in this team.”  

“Maciej Zaborowski - a superb trial lawyer who knows the media industry inside out. He is also a wonderful person. He offers a wealth of experience in litigation claims affecting the media industry, with strengths in intellectual property, libel and privacy disputes. He also has a unique ability to offer very clear instructions and good counsel when weighing in on business decisions. In my opinion, he is one of the best trial lawyers in Poland.” 

Kubas Kos Gałkowski

Kubas Kos Gałkowski has been provide legal assistance to clients for over 25 years in dispute resolution areas. The firm has clients in the energy, real estate, and oil and gas sectors. Key partners in the firm include Profesor Andrzej Kubas, Rafał Kos, Kamil Zawicki, Dominik Gałkowski and Barbara Jelonek-Jarco.

Clients for the firm include Deutsche Bank, FoodCare and GGS Oil and Gas Systems.

The firm is representing Rail Polska in proceedings for damages on the grounds of violation of the EU railroad transport law by Poland.

In a competition and antitrust case, the firm is representing a manufacturer in a case e case concerning damages caused by the withdrawal of final products from global markets due to the the delivery of defective packaging by the Client 

Client feedback 2021 

“The firm is very good at complex legal problems, both procedural and substantive, as well as finding and crafting persuasive arguments regarding novel questions of law. They are well suited for appellate work.” - competition/antitrust 

“KKG are a top-tier litigation firm.” - competition/antitrust

Peterka & Partners

Peterka & Partners Poland is active across all areas of dispute resolution and the firm regularly services its clients in debt recovery disputes, investment disputes and labour law cases. Key industry sectors for the firm include sport, media, energy, real estate and tax.

Dorota Płoskowicz and Agnieszka Siwińska are key names in the firm.

The firm’s cases remain confidential.

Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy

RadzikowskiSzubielska i Wspólnicy is active in dispute resolution work with a focus on white-collar crime and tax and energy disputes. Marcin BorucSylwester Pieckowski, Adam Zwierzyński are key names in the firm. 

Zwierzyński led the majority of cases worked on during the research period. In one highlight the firm advised innogy Stoen Operator in a disputes case relating to the reimbursement of the costs of energy infrastructure reconstruction. 

Another case highlight saw the firm advise a food company in a case brought by the State Treasury regarding the execution of tax mortgage. 

In a real estate dispute, the firm advised Projekt M1 Spectra Development in a criminal case concerning the unlawful contamination of the property filled with 30,000m3 of waste materials.