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Legal Services Develop Dynamically
April 2, 2008   
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The market for legal services in Poland is experiencing a period of dynamic growth. The market's value is currently estimated at zl.1.5 billion, with an average annual growth of 15 percent. This situation in a sector that has so far been quiet is attracting foreign experts from many international law firms who recognize its prospects for development.

Among them, American legal chambers are by far the most numerous, but international corporations with subsidiaries in all corners of the world are leading the charge. These include Garrigues from Spain, the Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Baker & McKenzie leading international law firms from the United States, Cameron McKenna from Britain, America's Squire Sanders, Hogan & Hartson and Chadbourne & Parke, Gide Loyrette Nouel from France, and the international BSJP Brockhuis Schnell from Germany.

International law firms perceive Poland as a fully-fledged European partner and at the same time a promising market for legal services.

The Spanish-based Garrigues, a leading, highly reputable and thriving European law firm that has decided to open a subsidiary in Poland, has been increasingly making its presence felt on the Polish market since mid-2007.

"Our company employs about 2,000 lawyers all over the world," says Krzysztof Socha, the associate in the Garrigues Warsaw office. "The Polish office plans to double the number of staff by the year's end, seeking a group that will make sure the office operates seamlessly and offers top quality services," says Socha.

For international law firms, the Polish market is of strategic importance. They see Poland as a base for further development in Europe. In addition, Poland has more and more firms involving foreign capital that are eager to use the services provided by a Polish firm. Legal experts say the Polish market is developing steadily. The number of firms seeking professional legal help is increasing as Polish law changes and the size of projects grows. The rapid development of the market for legal services, however, may mean problems in finding enough experienced staff to cater for the ever-larger number of clients.

The legal services market is expected to grow both because of the increasing number of law offices and new clients. These factors, along with the prospect of the ban on advertising legal services being lifted, are a major driving force, boosting market growth and its prospects.

Katarzyna Zalewska
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