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Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak

Partner
Head of Employment, Poland
Unparalleled practical approach to complex legal issues; flexibility; creativity in terms of finding the most suitable solution.
The Legal 500 EMEA Employment 2022
About

Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak heads the Warsaw Employment team. Agnieszka has more than 20 years of experience in advising on employment law and corporate law.

Her field of expertise covers both individual and collective employment law. She specialises in models of engagement, termination of employment, group redundancies and transfers of employing establishment. She also has extensive experience in the hiring of senior executives, discrimination in employment, unfair competition and working time issues. She advises international corporations and leading Polish companies from various sectors, including finance, power, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing.

She lectures and runs training courses on various employment-related issues, such as working time, termination of employment, and remuneration systems. Agnieszka has authored numerous articles in professional publications such as Praca i Zabezpieczenia Społeczne, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna and Rzeczpospolita.

Areas of FocusEmployment
Professional QualificationsAttorney-at-law (Radca prawny) registered with the Warsaw Bar Association of Attorneys-at-Law (Okręgowa Izba Radców Prawnych w Warszawie)

EXPERIENCE

  • Advising the largest Polish energy company on restructuring, including the preparation of a restructuring strategy related to employment matters and assistance during the client's cooperation with trade unions, negotiations etc.
  • Advising the largest Polish oil and gas exploration and production company on restructuring issues, including the presentation of restructuring options to the client, with a particular focus on its own complex internal regulations
  • Advising the world's fastest growing international airline on the employment law aspects of its entry onto the Polish market and the subsequent establishment of its employment structure, on-going advisory services
  • Advising one of the world's leading food companies on individual and group labour law issues, in particular preparing changes in the sources of internal employment regulations (internal work regulations, regulations on remuneration, and regulations related to the company's social benefits fund), health and safety issues, accidents at work, cooperating with the labour inspector, providing information to trade unions, as well as representing the client in court disputes with its employees, including the head of the company's trade union committee
  • Advising a global provider of higher education on issues related to labour law, in particular hiring employees, employment termination and legal requirements connected with the employment of non-EU citizens in Poland
  • Advising a global provider of renting test equipment on drafting of internal policies, assistance during an audit conducted by the Labour Inspectorate in relation to the company's compliance with various employment law requirements, as well as litigation matters
Languages
  • Polish
  • English
  • Russian
  • German
Education

    Awards

    • Ranked in Band 2 in Employment – Chambers Europe 2021-2023
    • “Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak is very professional and always eager to help.” – Chambers Europe, Employment 2023
    • Recommended in Employment – The Legal 500 EMEA 2023
    • “Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak is a notable market presence who advises on labour law matters related to transactions and restructurings in addition to day-to-day support and litigation” – Chambers Europe, Employment 2022
    • “High level of English and has a very good approach in explaining Polish employment law to foreigners.” – The Legal 500 EMEA, Employment 2022
    • Described as “extremely competent” – The Legal 500 EMEA, Employment 2021
    • "She is pragmatic and responsive," a client says, adding: "The advice she provided was commercially driven" – Chambers Europe, Employment 2021

    Pro Bono

    Agnieszka also acted as a pro bono adviser to the parliamentary committee Przyjazne Państwo.

    Insight Overview

    Agnieszka is the author of numerous articles in professional Polish publications. Furthermore, she is the author of the commentary to the amended Polish Labour Code.

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