Dispute resolution practice is at the heart of our firm. We are an independent law firm and we remain largely conflict free and able to act on large commercial disputes. We pride ourselves on the fact that Woźniak Legal is recognized as one of the best litigation teams in Warsaw. Grzegorz Woźniak
is regularly ranked as a leading dispute resolution lawyer by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. We focus on issues ranging from commercial litigation, real estate and construction to private client litigation and international arbitration.
Woźniak Legal advices and assists with:
Increasingly complex ventures and tougher trading conditions have led to an increase in business disputes. We act for businesses that range from owner-manager operations to multinational entities with disputes which cross several jurisdictions. We have litigators embedded in every practice area from IP, corporate, M&A, competition law, employment and real estate.
We recognise that each dispute requires a bespoke solution. When we litigate we are known for our assertive style.
Our services include:
- shareholder disputes
- commercial fraud
- financial distress & insolvency
- regulatory disputes
- intellectual property disputes
- employment disputes
- property litgation
- business crime
Our lawyers act for a variety of clients ranging from high net worth private clients to major developers, property investors, banks and occupiers through to contractors, sub-contractors and consultants.
Our team of construction lawyers includes members with a practical background gained in the industry and experience from involvement in some of the largest transactions.
We are equipped to deal with our clients' non-contentious and contentious construction law requirements and work with our property, finance, planning and corporate teams to provide a complete service encompassing contentious and non-contentious construction expertise.
Our services include:
- drafting and negotiating all relevant construction documentation
- advising on construction aspects of corporate, real estate and finance transactions
- pursuing and defending claims arising from construction projects
- mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution
- ‘freezing’ injunctions
We have cutting edge experience, acting both as counsel and as arbitrators, involving most of the Polish arbitral institutions. We have conducted numerous commercial arbitrations, subject to a variety of governing substantive and procedural laws, before the Warsaw Court of Arbitration at the National Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.
Our work spans a range of sectors, including construction, finance, corporate and real estate.
We advise on a number of sensitive issues related to private individuals and businesses including:
- being contacted or harassed by the press
- being attacked in online forums or on social media
- being blackmailed with the threat of releasing private information or images
- being defamed in the press
As litigators, we are both robust and resolute, but we do not take action as a first resort. In a crisis, we are calm and measured. We are able to navigate complex and special situations quickly, applying the intellectual rigour required to reach the most effective solution.
Restitution Claims and Compensation
Restitution of property nationalized in Poland after 1945 is one of our special areas of expertise. We have significant expertise in acting on behalf of pre-war owners and their successors in all types of proceedings concerning the restitution of property and businesses in Poland. In 1945 the goverment issued what is called Bierut’s Decree, a piece of legislation ordering the confiscation of plots of private land in the capital. It also provided for compensation in such cases, although in practice these were never granted. This decree is still valid law in Poland and currently forms the basis of a multitude of restitution claims in Warsaw.
We also handle many other restitution and compensation claims falling under other pieces of legislation, such as the Land Reform Decree and the Law on the Nationalization of the Basic Branches of the Industry of 1946.
Restitution of Artworks
In 2016, responding to client demand, we started dealing with artworks. We are active in many aspects of the art market in Poland. Clients include: international collectors, artists, dealers, art institutions, art foundations, museums, galleries, governments and auction houses.
Specialist services range from the restitution of artworks, advice on sale, consignment and financing of art to exploitation and protection of copyright and cultural heritage issues. We have established an international network of close associations with other specialist lawyers worldwide including lawyers in London and Tel Aviv. Our history of successes in high profile, politically sensitive matters reflects an ability to act swiftly and with the utmost discretion.
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