Roman Poplawski

  • Year of Call 1989


Roman is a bilingual barrister admitted to practice both in the UK and Poland. Born in the UK, he graduated from Birmingham University and was called to the UK Bar in 1989 and was admitted to practice in Poland in 2018. He has a  deep knowledge of both the English and Polish legal systems. His practice covers various areas of civil litigation, which include matters involving trusts, probate, copyright and land issues. His expertise extends to Polish-related civil litigation, including probate and general procedural advice on comparative law issues including residence, domicile and jurisdiction. 

Roman undertakes all types of civil procedure hearings including directions hearings, C&CMC hearings, interim applications, applications for summary judgment/strike-out, relief from sanctions and security for costs as well as enforcement hearings.

During his more than 25 years of professional practice, Roman spent nine years in Poland working on many privatisation and restructuring projects. He has also translated and annotated the Polish Commercial Code into English. Roman has represented private individuals (Polish and English) as well as large commercial entities both in Poland and the UK. Recently, Roman has been advising large corporates on their commercial and strategic operations at Polish Port terminals in the Gdansk/Gdynia areas.

Earlier in his career, Roman was engaged by KPMG in Poland to assist in the restructuring and profiling of its legal practice (KLegal). He also served as Legal Counsel to Wardynski & Partners servicing foreign clients investing in Poland. In 2015 Roman was instructed to obtain charitable trust status for a Polish educational trust that had failed because of the Equality Act 2010.

Roman heads the 33 Bedford Row Poland Desk.

Notable Cases

For many years Roman was a non-Executive Director of a UK AIM quoted music company and advised it on various aspects of its regulatory and corporate requirements. In addition, Roman advised on and drafted agreements dealing with the particular client’s music licensing activities. 

Representing a Pakistani client in Karachi appearing at the High Court of Sindh with a ‘recognition’ motion relating to Pakistani assets and an English grant of letters of administration.

Instructed to obtain charitable trust status for a Polish educational Trust that had failed because of the Equality Act 2010

Law Debenture & Concord Trust v Elektrim
Engaged by Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (now Clyde & Co) to act as the interface between their Polish client throughout the entire litigation process culminating in the hearing in the High Court in May/June 2010. The value of the claim was €770 million and was brought by the claimants against the Polish defendant for non-payment of a contractual bonus based on the value of Elektrim’s assets (in liquidation) at a fixed time in the past.

Recently Roman has been advising large international entities on their commercial and strategic operations at Polish Port Terminals.


English translation and annotation of the Polish Civil Code to be published by Dom Wydawniczy ABC, 2001

Contributing Editor to European Current Law published by Sweet & Maxwell (Polish legislation), 1992

Translation into English and Annotation of the Second Revised Edition of the Polish Commercial Code, published by Dom Wydawniczy ABC in Warsaw, 1999

"The Polish Civil Code", published in the December 1992 issue of the International Practitioner, December 1992


LLB, Birmingham University


English and Polish (bilingual) and French (conversational/proficient)


Roman is always available to discuss a knotty legal problem, offers common sense wise advice, and is always willing to take on any matter which has a challenge. He is highly professional and totally dependable." Roma Paluch - Senior Partner, A Kay Pietron & Paluch Solicitors

We work under a Direct Public Access arrangement with Roman Poplawski. This provides us with a blend of commercial guidance along with a proper and practical understanding of a business situation from a legal perspective. Roman is an exceptional lawyer, a great communicator and a decent human being who always ‘does the right thing’. His advice has always steered us well and supported our business with key decisions.” – Les Straszewski, Director, Toucari Live

Direct Access

Roman is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, in suitable cases. In addition, Roman is certified by the Bar Standards Board to conduct litigation, which means that he can carry out a wide range of services. In order to instruct Roman on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at