Linklaters Warsaw working pro bono for Fundacja Dajemy Dzieciom Siłę

Fundacja Dajemy Dzieciom Siłę has signed a contract of purchase of a real property in Warsaw earmarked to be the first specialist support centre for abused children in Poland. The Linklaters Warsaw team has been advising the foundation pro bono since the beginning of the project.

Linklaters provides the foundation with free legal advice in the areas of real estate and tax law. Lawyers supported the Foundation, above all, in conducting a due diligence of the property, negotiating the contract of sale and finalising the property purchase transaction. Linklaters will also support the foundation after the opening of the Child Advocacy Centre, which is planned for the end of 2017. The team who advised the foundation consisted of Ewelina Laskowska-Żółw and Mateusz Cieślak from the real estate law practice and Jan Jurga from the tax law practice.

”The foundation is building a support centre for the youngest children, inspired by tried-and-tested solutions from similar centres all around the world. I am glad that we can participate in this project, sharing our knowledge and experience,” said Artur Kulawski, Managing Partner at Linklaters Warsaw. Pro bono legal aid is part of a “Corporate Responsibility” global strategy of responsible business practices introduced by Linklaters. “We eagerly undertake pro bono work because we appreciate the role of non-profit organisations in building social capital. This way we provide a real contribution to the development of socially responsible business,” he added.

“The Linklaters’ support is invaluable. The team was highly competent and donated their valuable time so that we can start helping children at a specialist, professional facility this year,” said Monika Sajkowska, President of Fundacja Dajemy Dzieciom Siłę.

The foundation has long experience in helping abused children. Its modern Child Advocacy Centre will be a place offering comprehensive psychological and medical support to the youngest victims of mistreatment. Also, parents whose children are referred to the centre will be able to use psychological and legal consultations, to be better able to support them. The Warsaw centre is being set up on the basis of the best practices developed globally, and the inspiration for its creation came from the “Child Advocacy Centres” in the USA and “Barnahus” in Scandinavia.