The accession of Poland into the European Union on 1st of May 2004 and the introduction of a free movement of people and capital connected with it had a massive impact on legal services in Poland. We as lawyers did everything to be prepared for those changes in advance. [Read more.]

Michał Sikora


Michał Sikora has been a partner at Budzowska Fiutowski and Partners. Legal Counsels in Krakow since 2011, after several years of being an associate. He graduated from the law faculty at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and is a member of the local legal counsels’ bar – the District Chamber of Legal Counsels in Kraków. Michał specializes in commercial and broadly understood civil law; a significant part of his practice is acting as an attorney in court proceedings in Poland, including international cases. 

My adventure with practicing law began in 1999 somewhat in the middle of completing my law degree at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. From my very beginnings at the firm I worked with legal counsels. This experience, as one would expect, has actually determined the future scope of my interests as a lawyer. Since working at a law firm, apart of legal issues, also includes business piece, the choice was clear. I was always driven by entrepreneurial thinking. I suppose due to my ancestors who struggle to led on their own (however, completely different kind of dealing then mine) in decades when it was absolutely inconsistent with a centrally planned economy that was in Poland at the time.

Anyway, once having started my legal practice, I tried to work with foreign clients or at least with cases with some cross-border elements. It was a kind of “cherry picking”. It was at the time when time of Poland was getting ready to join the EU which eventually happed in 2004. More and more often we applied EU legislation then, suffice it to mention as basic as, now historic, regulation (EC) No 44/2001. Each case of this type brought new experiences. The consequence of that focus is my presence within the Eurojuris International (EJ) network of law firms based in Brussels. I have previously been here as a member of Jurismus (being a national representative to Poland), and am now joining the EJ’s Real Estate Practice Group. We certainly need an arena where knowledge and trust can be shared amongst colleagues from different jurisdictions, European and worldwide.