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Italian lawyer - what are the possibilities to work in Poland?


Dariolaw
27 Jul 2015  #1
Hi everyone.
Could someone please help me to understand what are the possibilities to work as a Lawyer (Who speaks english and Italian) in Poland?
I qualified 2 y ago and, considering the non so stimulant salary perspective in Italy for a newly qualified lawyer with no contacts, i am strongly set to relocate.
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,681
27 Jul 2015  #2
have you tried googling it?
I imagine you would need to speak Polish tbh.
Could someone work in Italy as a lawyer without Italian?
I doubt it.
smurf 39 | 1,982
27 Jul 2015  #3
I doubt that it would really be possible. Polish law is a complicated beast of a thing.
Italian law isn't a doddle either, but you'd certainly need to have studied it to get a job here.
InPolska 11 | 1,821
27 Jul 2015  #4
In Poland they have no use of Italian law. The only possible way would be to find a legal firm with an Italian desk but I seriously doubt it exists (at least in Poland) and if so, the business must be very marginal.

Outside of Polish law, international law and EU law can be needed (in Poland).
OP Dariolaw
27 Jul 2015  #5
Thank you so much for you answers.
I agree with you, but i am honestly wondering if could be possible for an italian law graduate to work as an in house legal consultant for polish conpanies interested in business with italian partners...
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,681
27 Jul 2015  #6
oh right I thought you said 'lawyer'.
I must tell you that a law graduate does not = "lawyer" - not being picky but......
Why not contact some large companies direct?
InPolska 11 | 1,821
27 Jul 2015  #7
Legal firms don't have Italian desks in Poland (I have just looked it up briefly). I know that most international legal firms in Warsaw have (sometimes big) French desks because a lot of French companies in Poland and that's the only reason. There are of course a lot fewer Italian companies in Poland and also Polish companies to deal with Italy are not so numerous and most often tiny. Also to work with Polish companies, you would need to know at least some Polish (not only to talk with them but also to understand their way of doing business). Besides, you would need concrete experience.

If you had been specialized in EU or in international law, it would have been different but your skills are too limited and too "local".

Why Poland? I would not be suprised if Italian lawyers in countries like UK, France (I used to know one Italian law firm in Paris and I'm sure that there are some in Nice and area), Germany, Belgium... If you want to get out of Italy, I think you can find something suitable (and obviously better paid in western Europe). I can not assure you at 100% but Poland is too limited... Have you looked elsewhere in Europe?

PS: I have just typed "Italian lawyers in Paris" and I have found pages thereof thru Google - it took me a few seconds. If you do same for London, Berlin, Vienna, Brussels, Geneva, Lugano (good choice ;)) you'll see the same.

PS: why don't you try in ... Switzerland? I'm sure tons of legal firms (with big bucks ;)), including with Italian lawyers since Italian is one of the official languages.

Like Dominic would say, you have not looked;).

Believe me, you have opportunities but don't look in Poland!
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,681
27 Jul 2015  #8
If i were you Dario, I would look for a job in London, the most international city in Europe.
InPolska 11 | 1,821
27 Jul 2015  #9
Yes and not only but no way in Poland! Let's be serious, Poland is a village. Also big opportunities in Moscow.
smurf 39 | 1,982
27 Jul 2015  #10
Best thing to do then is to get in contact with Italian firms that operate here.
It's possible, but the likelihood is that if they operate here then they'll also operate back in Italy and will have a dedicated legal department there dealing with any issue that arise. Good luck.
OP Dariolaw
27 Jul 2015  #11
Thank you so much for your kindness!
I Think i will be Looking more around Europe.
Thanks, again!
Lyzko 23 | 6,652
28 Jul 2015  #12
Do you in fact intend to learn Polish, should you work in Poland in the near future?
:-)

Sorry, mods.
DominicB - | 2,675
28 Jul 2015  #13
"Consultant" means that you have a lot of heavy-duty, serious experience. Even so, you would almost certainly have to speak fluent Polish, too.


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