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The profession of an attorney at law in Poland

The profession of an attorney at law is a profession of public trust. The aim of the profession is to protect public interest. Attorneys at law provide legal services and legal assistance in individual and legal entities cases, in particular by providing legal advice, preparing legal opinions, drafting legislative proposals and representing clients before courts and public bodies. They can act as legal representatives or defense counsels, also before the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Tribunal, the Supreme Administrative Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.
Attorneys at law can practise: a) in a law office on the basis of a civil-law contract, b) in partnerships – a civil-law partnership, a general partnership, a limited liability partnership, a limited partnership and a limited joint-stock partnership, c) as well as under an employment contract. Partners of attorneys at law in such partnerships may be other attorneys at law, advocates, patent attorneys, tax advisors and foreign lawyers. The only purpose of such partnerships is to provide legal assistance.
Each attorney at law must be a member of a professional association. Attorneys at law are obliged to respect the rules of professional conduct adopted by the National Assembly of Attorneys at law and protect the core values of the profession, such as independence, protection of professional secrecy, avoidance of conflicts of interest, protection of the dignity of the profession in professional, public and private life, as well as loyalty to clients. The Code of Ethics of attorneys at law regulates many aspects of the profession, in particular: relationships with clients, courts, government agencies, local governments and colleagues. Failure to comply with ethical principles can bring attorneys at law and trainee attorneys at law before special disciplinary bodies of the bar.

How can a foreign lawyer become an attorney at law in Poland?

An attorney at law can be anyone who has completed a Master of Law degree in Poland or an equivalent foreign law degree recognized in Poland. Such a person should hold full public rights, have full capacity to act, be of impeccable character and have completed legal training in a local bar. A final exam is required.
Foreign lawyers from the European Union Member States may provide permanent legal assistance to the same extent and in the same ways as Polish attorneys at law, subject to their entry onto the list of foreign lawyers run by each Regional Bar Association. To perform the profession in Poland, the candidate should contact the authorities of the Bar Association.

Cracow Bar

There are 19 Regional Bar Associations in Poland. The Bars are responsible among others for representing professional interests of its members, supervising the practice of the profession by attorneys at law and trainees, running legal training and continuous education of attorneys at law, keeping the lists of attorneys at law, foreign lawyers and trainees.
The Cracow Bar Association is a professional association of attorneys at law in the Cracow Region. The Bar represents professional interests of attorneys at law and ensures the highest level of their legal services. The Cracow Bar Association maintains a roll of attorneys at law practicing in the Cracow Region which includes: Kraków, Nowy Sącz, Tarnów and other counties [powiat] within the region, which are shown in the map below.

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The Cracow Bar is the second largest bar association in Poland with almost 3,000 members (data as of 2018).

Foundation and pro bono activities

Our members provide free legal aid in cooperation with local authorities in the Cracow Region. Cracow attorneys-at-law also appear on TV and Radio Kraków where they share their knowledge and experience with viewers and listeners.

SUBSIDIO VENIRE Foundation of Attorneys at Law

The purpose of the Foundation is to support the initiatives which ensure universal access to legal aid and protection of civic rights and freedoms, to run activity within the scope of social assistance and charity for attorneys at law, trainees and their families, to provide aid to orphans – children of the deceased attorneys at law, in particular to provide financial and educational support as well as to help them start their working lives. The Foundation is a public benefit organization.

 

 

Cracow Bar Association


Contact


Address ul. Francesco Nullo 8/4

City: Kraków 31-543

NIP: 675-10-42-048

Phone: 12 410 84 00

Phone: 12 410 82 60

E-mail: biuro@oirp.krakow.pl


Bank acc.: Bank PEKAO SA III O/Kraków, Nr 72 1240 2294 1111 0000 3708 7100

Opening hours:


Monday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Members of the Council

OFFICE PERSON ON-CALL HOURS
Dean:

Marcin Sala-Szczypiński

Thursday 15:00-17:00
Vice Dean for organization issues: Alicja Juszczyk

Wednesday 14:00-17:00

Vice-Dean for practice of the profession:

Michał Krok

Tuesday 14:00-17:00
Vice-Dean for legal training:

Andrzej Kadzik

Thursday 12:00-14:00
Vice-Dean for promotion and professional development:

Karolina Kolary

Tuesday 15:00-18:00
Treasurer:

Joanna Żurek-Krupka

Thursday 15:00-18:00
Secretary:

Danuta Rebeta

Friday 9:00-13:00
Members of the Council:

Michał Araszkiewicz
Krzysztof Bednarski
Ewa Bielecka
Grażyna Bińko
Krzysztof Buczek
Magdalena Frańczuk
Anna Jasielska-Papierkowska
Tomasz Job
Alicja Juszczyk
Andrzej Kadzik
Karolina Kolary
Tomasz Korpusiński
Danuta Koszyk-Ciałowicz
Piotr Kozioł
Michał Krok
Magdalena Mac-Szponder
Michalina Nowokuńska
Karolina Radosz
Danuta Rebeta
Monika Skowrońska
Magdalena Szepczyńska
Joanna Żurek-Krupka

 
Members of the Board of the Council:

Ewa Bielecka
Alicja Juszczyk
Andrzej Kadzik
Karolina Kolary
Michał Krok
Danuta Rebeta
Marcin Sala-Szczypiński
Joanna Żurek-Krupka

Monday 15:00 - 18:00
Spokesman:

Karolina Kolary

 

Regional Audit Committee

OFFICE PERSON
President:

Piotr Lato

Vice-President:

Urszula Kućmierczyk

Secretary:

Marta Rogóż

Members:

Łukasz Barut
Aneta Gawlak

Disciplinary Spokesman

OFFICE PERSON ON-CALL HOURS
Disciplinary Spokesman:

Zofia Krok

 Thursday 14:00-16:00
Vice Disciplinary Spokesmen:

Katarzyna Okońska
Jan Cichoń
Agnieszka Dudzik
Aleksandra Jach - Balicka
Joanna Górak
Katarzyna Karaś - Batko
Rafał Kopeć
Małgorzata Kozłowska - Kłęk
Rafał Kucharski
Ilona Malik
Michał Olszyński
Agata Pinkas
Aleksandra Pietrzak
Przemysław Pietrzyk
Paweł Szwedziński
Alina Waszęda

 

Regional Disciplinary Court

OFFICE PERSON
President:

 Joanna Cisak-Kochaniewicz

Vice-President:

Anna Gut
Monika Małgorzata Konior-Czarnota

Members:

Waldemar Bagiński
Klaudia Basta
Ryszard Brzostowski
Wiesław Chwała
Maria Cichoń-Szepczyńska
Bogdan Cymbor
Bożena Gutt Mostowy
Agnieszka Kiebała
Urszula Layer
Ewa Pasińska
Iwona Magdalena Piątkowska
Elżbieta Reichert-Kądziołka
Alicja Rosiek
Justyna Smółka
Marek Szarzyński

Regional Team of Inspectors

OFFICE PERSON
President:

Monika Skowrońska

Vice-President: Monika Rusek - Bal
Members:

Krzysztof Bednarski
Krzysztof Buczek
Stanisława Dziadoszczyk
Bartosz Góra
Maciej Hulist
Justyna Lokajewska
Monika Machlowska
Renata Maciuszek
Urszula Pociecha
Joanna Szanser - Smagacz
Małgorzata Szczepara

Commission for Legal Training

OFFICE PERSON
President:

Danuta Koszyk-Ciałowicz

Members:

Michał Araszkiewicz
Jacek Kołacz
Tomasz Korpusiński
Monika Machlowska

Commission for Practise of the Profession and Ethics

OFFICE PERSON
President:

Krzysztof Buczek

Members:

Krzysztof Bednarski
Monika Skowrońska

Commission for legal education

OFFICE PERSON
President:

Magdalena Mac-Szponder

Members:

Klaudia Basta
Andrzej Kadzik
Jadwiga Kozakiewicz
Piotr Kozioł
Grzegorz Kuczek
Karolina Radosz
Zbigniew Sięka

Commission for Promotion and Professional Development

OFFICE PERSON
President:

Karolina Radosz

Members:

Jarosław Bułka
Anna Jasielska - Papierkowska
Tomasz Job
Krzysztof Michoń
Marzena Tyl
Wojciech Ulanowski
Piotr Woś

Commission for Social Affairs

OFFICE PERSON
President:

Grażyna Bińko

Members:

Alicja Juszczyk
Jadwiga Klimaszewska
Anna Kozłowska - Wentlandt
Alina Waszęda
Małgorzata Wyszogrodzka

Commission for Organisation, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

OFFICE PERSON
President:

Piotr Kozioł

Members:

Bogusław Adamczyk
Barbara Gawrońska
Olgierd Januszek
Tomasz Job
Tomasz Korpusiński
Magdalena Szepczyńska
Małgorzata Wyszogrodzka
Bożena Wyszyńska

Commission for Culture, Sport and Recreation

OFFICE PERSON CONTACT
President:

Magdalena Szepczyńska

 sport@oirp.krakow.pl



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Members:

Tomasz Ciałowicz
Dominik Cięszki
Tomasz Korpusiński
Piotr Mróz
Krzysztof Przybyłowicz
Magdalena Syposz
Leszek Świerczek

Foreign Affairs Committee

OFFICE PERSON CONTACT
President:

Magdalena Frańczuk

 komisjawz@oirp.krakow.pl
Members:

Joanna Bogdanowicz
Justyna Dębska-Szuszkiewicz
Paweł Gruszecki

Spokesman of the Senior’s Fund

OFFICE PERSON
Rzecznik Funduszu Seniora

Teresa Gniadek

The Bar representatives appointed to participate in the inspection in the attorney’s premises

OFFICE PERSON PHONE
The Bar representatives appointed to participate in the inspection in the attorney’s premises:

Marcin Dyczek
Jacek Gajlikowski
Halszka Kurleto
Małgorzata Kurleto
Zbigniew Pinkalski  
Urszula Pociecha
Bogusław Przywora
Wiesław Serafin
Anna Stokłosa
Joanna Szanser-Smagacz
Alina Waszęda
Joanna Żurek-Krupka

Phone numbers of the attorneys at law are published on the website of the Bar Association in the section: „Przeszukanie kancelarii radcy prawnego", after having logged in.

The following persons were elected as delegates for the 11th National Convention of Attorneys at Law

OFFICE PERSON

Delegates for the 11th National Convention of Attorneys at Law:

Agata Adamczyk
Bogusław Adamczyk
Ewa Bielecka
Grażyna Bińko
Tomasz Ciałowicz
Maria Cichoń-Szepczyńska
Joanna Cisak-Kochaniewicz
Tomasz Job
Alicja Juszczyk
Andrzej Kadzik
Anna Karaś
Tomasz Korpusiński
Zofia Krok
Joanna Krukowska-Korombel
Anna Kurek
Monika Machlowska
Iwona Magdalena Piątkowska
Karolina Radosz
Danuta Rebeta
Elżbieta Reichert-Kądziołka
Marcin Sala-Szczypiński
Monika Skowrońska
Anna Sobczak
Magdalena Szepczyńska
Ewelina Szybowska
Wojciech Ulanowski
Joanna Żurek-Krupka

 

Ms Danuta Koszyk-Ciałowicz was elected as a member of the National Bar Council of Attorneys at Law
Mr Łukasz Mucha was elected as a representative of trainees for the 11th National Convention of Attorneys at Law.

 

Centre for Mediation

The Centre for Mediation within the Cracow Bar Association of Attorneys at Law was set up under the resolution of the Cracow Bar Council of Attorneys at Law no. 333/X/2017 as of January 26, 2017.
The main purposes of the Centre are to organize mediation sessions, to develop and promote alternative methods of solving controversies, to run trainings, to organize and participate in events dedicated to mediation as well as to take up initiatives whose purpose is to modify the binding legislation towards the development of mediation proceedings.
The mediators within the Centre for Mediation are attorneys at law and trainees who completed the required training and hold experience within mediation proceedings.
The due professional preparation of our mediators guarantees that mediation proceedings will be held properly.
In the case of any questions or doubts, the following persons are willing to provide you with more detailed information:
- an attorney at law Tomasz Job – the Director of the Centre for Mediation - phone no.: 533-660-566, e-mail t.job@oirp.krakow.pl
- an attorney at law Katarzyna Bąbaś – the Director of the Centre for Mediation - phone no.:, e-mail: k.babas@oirp.krakow.pl

 

Foreign Affairs Committee

President: PhD Magdalena Frańczuk
Members - Joanna Bogdanowicz,
Justyna Dębska-Szuszkiewicz,
Paweł Gruszecki

The purposes of the Committee :

1) activity in the area of numerous foreign relations
2) to support international activities of the Cracow Bar Association
3) to establish contacts with foreign Bar Councils and law associations as well as foreign lawyers and international lawyers’ organizations,
4) to organize events with foreign lawyers
5) to organize lectures and trainings with an international aspect
6) exchange of lawyers

We kindly invite all of our web-visitors to active cooperation.

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