Szczesniak, Alicja

Alicja Szczęśniak

Associate
Baker & McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Spólka Komandytowa

Biography

Alicja Szczesniak is a member of the Firm's Dispute Resolution team. She represents clients before state courts and in arbitration, assisting in all stages of the dispute resolution process, including in out-of-court proceedings, negotiations, proceedings to secure claims, case trial and executory proceedings.

Ms. Szczesniak holds a doctorate degree in arbitration and has written numerous articles on the topic, both in scientific and popular journals.

Practice Focus

Ms. Szczesniak represents clients in disputes concerning various commercial matters, including company law, trade contracts, tort and unfair competition. Moreover, she is vastly experienced in advising clients in construction projects, mainly in the energy and infrastructure sectors. She has been a leading counsel in numerous complex litigation matters. Among others, she has defended foreign companies doing business in Poland in cases for breach of fair competition rules, represented clients in construction disputes over key construction projects in the country and in a major class action against the state.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted as a leading counsel in a multimillion Polish zlotys class action against the state.
  • Advised a major company in the railway industry with respect to claims for defective products provided by its supplier.
  • Represented clients in proceedings for enforcement or annulment of arbitral awards issued locally and abroad.
  • Defended a major international company in the energy sector in litigation for damages resulting from acts of unfair competition.
  • Defended a property developer in litigation initiated by a bank for repayment of a bank guarantee.
  • Advised a bank on handling disputes over properties with an uncertain legal status.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Polish Bar Association
  • International Association of Young Lawyers
  • Young International Arbitration Group

Admissions

  • Poland (2014)

Languages

  • English
  • German

Publications

Author, "Review of the Polish Supreme Court Judgement of 13 April 2012, I CSK 416/11, OSNC 2012/10/121," Orzecznictwo Sądów Polskich, January 2014

Author, "Jurisdiction of national courts in proceedings for annulment of arbitral awards," Kwartalnik ADR Arbitraż i Mediacja (ADR Arbitration and Mediation Quarterly), March 2013

Author, "A few remarks regarding the institution of remission in proceedings for annulment of arbitral awards," eArbitration Review, January 2014

Co-author, "How to make a complaint against the quality of construction works?," Inwestycje Sektora Publicznego

Co-author, "Exclusion of a contractor under article 24.1.1 of the Public Procurement Law on the basis of an arbitral award," April 2013

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