We use cookies to make sure our website better meets your expectations.
You can adjust your web browser's settings to stop accepting cookies. For further information, read our cookie policy.
IN Warsaw
Exchange Rates
Warsaw Stock Exchange - Indices
The Warsaw Voice » Law » June 17, 2010
You have to be logged in to use the ReadSpeaker utility and listen to a text. It's free-of-charge. Just log in to the site or register if you are not registered user yet.
Law in brief
June 17, 2010   
Article's tools:

Law Firm Praised for Pro Bono Work
The Warsaw office of the Gide Loyrette Nouel (GLN) law firm has won a competition held by the daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita and the University Legal Clinics Foundation for law firms involved in pro bono work in Poland. At an awards ceremony May 10, Robert Jędrzejczyk, partner at GLN, collected a diploma from Justice Minister Krzysztof Kwiatkowski and Rzeczpospolita editor-in-chief Paweł Lisicki.

“GLN provides pro bono assistance in various fields of law,” said Jędrzejczyk. “For example, we help the Polish Humanitarian Action in tax and labor law, and we also offer pro bono work to foundations helping children, to green projects and programs for the protection of animals.”

Gide Loyrette Nouel provides pro bono help to many nonprofit organizations in Poland, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in O¶więcim, the Polish Humanitarian Action Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the “Ark” Environmental Foundation, the “Ja Wisła” Foundation, the Polish Women’s League Foundation, the “Mleko Mamy” Foundation, and the “Po Pierwsze Rodzina” Association.
Beata Gołębiewska-Chęciak

Legal Practitioners Rated
Polish citizens have a high regard for the professionalism of legal practitioners and the quality of their work, but prices of legal services are considered too high, according to an opinion poll released in April by the Polish Bar Council. For the survey, the SMG/KRC company interviewed more than 1,000 respondents aged 15-75 in late January and early February. A majority of those polled, 56 percent, gave negative ratings to Polish jurisprudence as a whole, but individual legal professions fared much better. The best ratings were given to notaries (58 percent of favorable opinions), followed by legal advisers (53 percent) and lawyers (47 percent). Respondents were appreciative of legal practitioners’ professionalism and almost half of those surveyed found their work commendable.

Almost two-thirds of respondents said prices of legal services were too high. A similar number believed there were no problems with the availability of legal services in Poland. Almost 70 percent of respondents were satisfied with their dealings with lawyers, while 30 percent disagreed. Respondents said they most frequently sought legal services in criminal, economic and administrative cases.

New Definition of Human Trafficking
The lower house of parliament has introduced changes to the Penal Code that were required by international agreements ratified by Poland on human trafficking. The changes, approved April 9, define individuals guilty of human trafficking as those who recruit, transport, hand over or accommodate other people in order to take advantage of them by resorting to threats, force and other forms of constraint, including abduction, fraud, deceit and abuse of authority. The definition extends to people who offer and accept money and other benefits aimed at soliciting the consent of individuals who are in control of exploited persons. Exploitation may take the form of prostitution and other kinds of sexual abuse, forced labor and service, slavery and similar abuse. Under the new definition, slavery is a state of dependence whereby a human being is treated as property.

No More Exploitation on Trade Vessels
Sailors in the merchant navy will be guaranteed better working conditions after Poland and other EU member states ratify the International Labor Organization’s maritime labor convention by the end of the year. The convention will result in uniform labor standards on open-sea merchant vessels, thus restricting the practices of ship owners that exploit their crews. Poland will have to adjust its legislation to a number of provisions contained in the convention, including those which concern labor safety on board, crew accommodation, food and catering quality and complaint procedures. The convention will also alter the rules under which sailors are hired and sign contracts and will set standards for crew members’ working hours and free time during cruises. The Ministry of Infrastructure has started public consultations on a draft bill to adjust Polish law to the maritime labor convention.
© The Warsaw Voice 2010-2018
E-mail Marketing Powered by SARE