Compliance Day 2020 | June 4

Whistleblower and internal investigations in the eyes of practitioners


In recent months, discussions on compliance have been dominated by the issue of whistleblowing and internal investigations in connection with the adoption of a Directive on the protection of persons reporting on breaches of European Union law.

During this year's Compliance Day 2020 we will discuss the most important legal challenges and problems that are associated with the implementation and use of these interdisciplinary solutions and institutions. In addition, together with our guests, we will discuss the most important trends in compliance management that will affect how this function will be performed in the coming years.

The meeting is dedicated to practitioners - lawyers, human resources managers, compliance officers and anyone interested in compliance issues.

The speakers of the event will be the Lawyers of Raczkowski law office and invited guests.

The annual Compliance Day conference is to serve primarily as a platform for the exchange of experiences and views between persons who deal on a daily basis with supervision over the compliance and integrity of the organization's activities with the law and ethics.

Date: June 4 2020, 8:30-16:00

Place: Sheraton Grand Warsaw, Bolesława Prusa 2, Warsaw

The conference is free of charge.


8:30-9:30 Registration and welcome coffee

9:30-9:40 Opening

  • Bartłomiej Raczkowski, advocate, partner, Raczkowski law firm
  • Janusz Tomczak, advocate, partner, Raczkowski law firm

9:40-9.45 Introduction

  • Dominika Stępińska-Duch, Legal Division Director, Member of the Management Board of TVN, TVN Discovery Polska

9:45-11:15 Panel I. Whistleblower in HR law

During the first panel we will try to answer the questions: do current legal regulations in the area of HR law take into account the position of a whistleblower? Do they protect him and how? What do the proposed solutions look like?

Chair: Łukasz Kuczkowski, attorney-at-law, partner, Raczkowski law firm 


  • Magdalena Soboń-Stasiak, Compliance Officer, Chief Specialist Lawyer, Arcelor Mittal Poland S.A.
  • dr Iwona Jaroszewska-Ignatowska, attorney-at-law, partner, Raczkowski law firm
  • Representative of the Batory Foundation, co-author of the civic draft of the act on whistleblower’s protection

11:15-11:45 Coffee break

11:45-13:15 Panel II. Employee and service provider in the internal investigation

The second panel will be devoted to discussing how internal investigations should look like according to the assumptions of the directive. What legal instruments does the employer / entrepreneur have to establish the facts? What restrictions do they face?

Chair: dr Damian Tokarczyk, advocate, Raczkowski law firm


  • dr Dominika Dörre-Kolasa, attorney-at-law, partner, Raczkowski law firm
  • Jarosław Grzegorz, Associate Partner, Forensic & Integrity Services, E&Y
  • dr Grzegorz Makowski, the Batory Foundation

13:15-14:00 Lunch break 

14:00-15:30 Panel III. Trends in compliance 

During the third panel we will focus on compliance trends internationally, among others: Serious Fraud Office guidance on corporate compliance programmes.

Chair: Janusz Tomczak, advocate, partner, Raczkowski law firm 


  • Katarzyna Dobkowska, attorney-at-law, partner,  Raczkowski law firm
  • Thomas Lerøy, Vice President Business Development and Legal, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, Kongsberg
  • Kyle Phillips, Director in Corporate and Financial Crime Practice, Fieldfisher, London
  • Thomas Steen Brandi, partner in charge of Corporate Compliance, Selmer, Oslo

15:30-16:00 Final discussion and closing remarks


Advocate, founder, currently the Managing Partner. Specialising in labour law for nearly 25 years. He has been advising the biggest international and Polish companies. In 1993-1995 he was an assistant in the Department of Labour Law of Jagiellonian University. Lawyer and later on, a partner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak – 1995-2007. He is the author of many scientific and popularizing articles in specialist periodicals and newspapers. In 2017-2019 Chair of European Employment Lawyers Association, and since 2008 the member of its Board. In 2016-2018 Chair of Employment Committee of the Warsaw Bar. Since 2009 member of the editorial board of Monitor Prawa Pracy (Employment Law Monitor). In 2014-2017 member of Steering Committee of International Forum on Employment Law. The founder and, in the years 2013-2015, Chair of the Employment Law Association (Stowarzyszenie Prawa Pracy). Member of International Bar Association, as well as American Immigration Lawyers Association and American Bar Association Employment Law Section. During studies he was Vice-President of the International Board of European Law Students Association (ELSA), and President of the ELSA Cracow. From many years he has been mentioned as a leader in labour law by all renowned Polish and international publications such as Chambers&Partners, Legal500, Rzeczpospolita.

Attorney-at-law. Partner in the Firm since September 2012. Previously, she spent 11 years at the Domański Zakrzewski Palinka law firm, where she headed the labour law team in its Warsaw office. She advises Polish and international clients on the entire scope of labour law and represents them successfully in employee-related legal disputes. She mainly values cooperation on a standing and ongoing basis as it makes it possible to gain a keen understanding of a client’s unique profile and needs. In her opinion, this affords the opportunity not only to solve client’s problems with greater speed and facility but also to anticipate and prevent them. Following her studies at the University of Warsaw, she completed a full-time court apprenticeship. She then spent two years working for Arthur Andersen. Sources hail Katarzyna Dobkowska as "a very dynamic and respected employment lawyer." Clients value that she is "easy to reach and work with" and "has a business approach to issues.". She is also recommended by the Rzeczpospolita Ranking of Law Firms in the field of labour and social insurance law. She regularly appears in the press and TV as a labour law expert. She currently lectures labour law at Warsaw School of Economics.

Legal Advisor, Executive MBA, Partner. He runs the firm’s office in Poznań. For more than 15 years he has been advising clients on labour law. He has very extensive experience in collective employment relationships, also in terms of terminating and implementing collective bargaining agreements and other agreements with trade unions, employee guarantees, conducting collective disputes and negotiations with trade unions. He has conducted a number of employee restructuring programs involving group dismissals and voluntary redundancies as well as other forms of downsizing. He advises in the hiring of senior executives. He represents clients in labour courts very frequently. He is well-versed with the transportation and manufacturing industries. He has set up and supported the administration of many Employee Pension Schemes. He has worked for reputable Polish law firms.

Attorney-at-law, Doctor of Juridical Science, partner. Graduated with honors from the Law and Administration Faculty at the University of Gdańsk (10th position in the graduate list). In 2003 participated in the work of the parliamentary commission on the “European” amendment of the Labour Code and the Brussels Social Dialogue program at the European Union.

Has a dozen or so years of experience in providing legal services in the area of labour law. After completing her court training she was the director of the legal department of a consultancy and worked as an in-house in a corporation, which enabled her to understand the needs of corporate clients and work out the much-appreciated business approach to resolution of HR problems. She also worked in the Constitutional Tribunal Office. For 10 years she ran her own Labour Law Firm, managing a 8-person team of lawyers, providing permanent service to approx. 40 corporate clients.

In her practice, Ms. Jaroszewska-Ignatowska focuses predominantly on issues related to working time, including the implementation and execution of emergency response contingency plans, transfers, group dismissals, voluntary redundancy programmes, temporary work, outsourcing, in-company sources of labour law, termination of employment contracts and negotiations with trade unions, also conducted as part of collective disputes. She assists her clients in applying labour law regulations while incorporating their specific business needs and corporate rules related to their code of ethics and values.

She was a lecturer at post-graduate labour law studies at the Leon Koźmiński Academy, at the University of Łódź and, earlier on, at the Higher School of Commerce and Law in Warsaw at the Law and Administration Faculty, and Warsaw College of Personal Management in Post-Graduate Labour Law and Personnel Management.

Currently regularly invited to speak at conventions, conferences, symposia. Successfully runs workshops in labour law for employees of HR departments and employee management staff, in particular devoted to working time, termination of employment contracts, discrimination and mobbing, as well as managers’ liability, which clients appreciate for specific answers to their challenges involved in managing employees on a day-to-day basis, combined with providing specific examples.

Author of numerous publications on labour law: report prepared for the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland entitled: “Age discrimination of the elderly in the labour market”, Labour Code with commentary” published by the “Infor” publishing house; co-author of the encyclopedia “Law not only for lawyers”; commentaries: “Labour Code. Commentary for HR managers” edited by A. Patulski, PhD and counselor G. Orłowski and “Praxis. Labour law for judges and attorneys-in-fact” edited by K. Walczak, PhD hab., and M. Wojewódka, PhD. Frequent guest of radio and television programmes.

Attorney-at-law, PhD, partner heading the firm’s Krakow office. Head of Department of Personal data protection. In her practice as a legal advisor she has more than ten years of experience in providing business consulting services for international corporations and small and medium enterprises. Renowned specialist in labour law and the protection of personal rights in employment with a special focus on mobbing, discrimination and personal data protection.
For many years she was a partner in a reputable law firm offering legal services in the area of labour law.  She has many years of experience in creating projects of intra-company sources of law and negotiating their implementation with trade unions, running compliance audits in line with the legal requirements and business ethics and implementing the ensuing recommendations.
For more than a decade she has been an Adjunct Professor in the Chair of Labour Law and Social Policy at the Jagiellonian University and a well-regarded lecturer among students at the Jagiellonian University’s Post-Graduate Courses of Study in Labour Law where she lectures on personal data protection in employment, discrimination and selected aspects of collective labour law.
She is the author of several tens of publications regarding labour law. During the last two years she co-authored Commentary to the Labour Code edited by Prof. dr hab. A. Sobczyk, and published by C.H. Beck (2017), Commentary to Labour Law Implementing Acts edited by Prof. dr hab. Krzysztof W. Baran, and published by Wolters Kluwer (2016) and a monograph on Fixed-term Employment Contracts, Current Employment-Related Problems published by Wolters Kluwer (2017). She is the co-author of Volume I of the Labour Law System (2017) and a co-author of the Outline of the Polish Labour Law System (editor), Krzysztof W. Baran Warsaw 2016.
She is the editor and a co-author of the monograph entitled Employee Personal Data Protection in light of the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council, published by C.H. Beck (2017).
She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Panoptykon Foundation that strives to support the protection of human rights in the context of the threats inherent in the rapid development of a surveillance society. She acts as a consultant to legal magazines.
She has extensive experience in training. From the outset of her professional practice, she has been passionate about her commitment to deliver training sessions and workshops for managers and training sessions and workshops for members of anti-mobbing commissions.

Advocate, partner. Prior to joining the firm, he was associated with the law firm for fifteen years where he headed up its criminal practice. He has comprehensive experience in advising and representing corporate clients and private individuals facing the risks related to criminal liability and who have suffered injuries due to criminal activity. He has pursued projects to counteract irregularities, he has been involved in designing and deploying anticorruption procedures, designing solutions to report irregularities (whistleblowing lines) in Polish and international structures. He is a member of the International Bar Assocation’s Criminal Law Committee, an expert in Transparency International and a disciplinary judge. Speaker and organiser of conferences devoted to aspects of criminal liability. Author of Polish and international publications regarding criminal law.

Doctor of Juridical Science, advocate specializing in criminal law and proceedings. Expert in combating money laundering, including the drafting of procedures and documents related to the application of means of financial security. Associated with the Firm since September 2016. Has extensive experience in representing suspects, defendants and injured parties in prosecution and court proceedings, in particular in cases pertaining to business and traffic-related crimes and medical errors. His substantive preparation for cases, procedural experience enriched with his academic knowledge and rhetorical skills help him gain the trust of his clients. He delivers training regarding criminal liability in business and compliance. He is the author of academic articles published in prestigious legal magazines, including Państwo i Prawo, Ruch Prawniczy Ekonomiczny i Socjologiczny and the Palestra Polish Bar Magazine. He also publishes popular scientific articles.