Beata Rajcar: "We provide safe and effective legal solutions” - this is what you have said on your website. Please persuade me that this is more than just an advertising slogan.
Mr Krystian Slazak: This slogan, as you call it, was created relatively recently; and it is much younger than our firm. The firm was established in 2002 with a team of just a dozen or so lawyers. Within a period of 10 years we practically became a medium size business. Nowadays Slazak, Zapior & Partners employ almost lawyers, combined into ten teams.. We are able provide legal services to every trade, regardless of the size of business. Of course, we also provide legal services to individuals. Therefore, having been on the market for almost 13 years we can say with confidence that the firm provides safe and effective legal solutions.
Mr Robert Zapior: Every client is equally important to us. We act for companies (including international corporations) as legal experts, We provide them with ongoing legal assistance, legal representation at courts and advice on contentious matters.
Mr KS: We also represent them in business transactions, including very difficult deals, and restructuring, regardless of complexity. We can advise individuals on all kind of matters. Besides, a distinction between individuals and companies is not that important. The firm will assist you, and your friends, and your employer. The most important thing for us is a legal issue which we need to resolve in the way which is most satisfactory to a client.
BR: But you surely would not claim that you could advise on all aspects of law and legislation. You must limit yourselves to something, mustn't you?
Mr. KŚ: The firm employs 50 lawyers and I can assure you that we know Polish legislation (and not only) very well; even if there are over 1000 Polish acts with regular amendments. On the other hand, we have specialisations. This results directly from our clients' needs. Most frequently we advise clients within the heavy industry. We work primarily with the mining, geological and energy industry..
Mr. RZ: With regard to the mining and geological industry, we are probably the most experienced firm in Poland.
Mr. KŚ: This is true, but that is not all. We advise on commercial law, mergers and acquisitions. We have experts who can advise on property matters, public procurement, intellectual property – and this is just a small part of our offer.
Mr. RZ: One of our main specialisations is legal representation in criminal-commercial matters. I will clarify that both legal representation at courts and advising clients (in a broad sense) is equally important to us.
Mr. KŚ: I will add one more word: Taxes. Having knowledgeable experts in our team, we also support our clients in tax law matters. Clarification of all intricacies relating to the constant changes of, e.g. corporate tax or VAT, as well as effective tax consultations; that is our bread and butter.
BR: I will slightly change the subject. Clients perceive seeking legal advice from a lawyer as a last resort, and often search for answers on the internet. Can we really say that we have growing (general) legal awareness?
Mr. KŚ: We all know that ignorance of law is no excuse. Over 10 years ago one would consult a lawyer when it was already too late; all that was left was to “put out the fire”. All that people used to ask was: “Is this legal and will I go to jail? Nowadays, a lawyer is an advisor who also plays an important role in a company's strategic planning, e.g. production department. It is important that a lawyer does not sit and wait for a problem to “knock on the door”. We care very much for our experts to be always proactive in looking for new solutions for clients and taking the initiative. In this profession routine is unacceptable!
Mr. RZ: We should add that a lawyer is also a businessman. He must be familiar with the industry he works with, its specific nature and various, even those seemingly immaterial, details. As far as the legal awareness, you mentioned, is concerned – the firm organises free training for its clients; we also have webinars and newsletters on legal updates. In the firm we also have enthusiasts who write blogs after hours - of course on legal issues.
BR: The last question: why should I choose Slazak, Zapior & Partners? Why should a Polish business trust your firm?
Mr. KŚ: The answer lies in statistics. In the last 10 years the firm has participated in over 30.000 legal proceedings. We employ almost 50 lawyers who together have approximately 20 specialisations. We have created 10 niche departments. We can advise in three languages (Polish, English and German). Our training company, i.e. The Institute of Legal Training, works with approximately 100 experts. The total amount of claims the firm has handled surely exceeded 5 million zlotych.
Mec. RZ: We also should mention the implementation of strict and certified standards for an information security management system (ISO 27001), he constantly growing number of regular clients; and most importantly, approaching each client on an individual basis and always with the utmost care.
We are one of the largest legal firms in the south of Poland.
Every year we hold leading positions in the national rankings.