Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakula


Bird & Bird


Izabela has in-depth experience in data protection issues and strong business acumen. She is highly valued for her first rate client care. 
Izabela is a Partner, head of the Privacy & Data protection practice, and member of the Intellectual Property team in our Warsaw office.
Izabela is a data protection expert with over 10 years of experience, and is recognised as one of the top data protection practitioners in Poland. She provides clients with strategic advice on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Izabela and her team works closely with Bird & Bird’s London and Dusseldorf offices on international GDPR projects.
She provides clients with legal analyses and practical risk assessment in the field of HR, Gaming, IT, E-commerce, Finance, Healthcare and Life Sciences.  
In particular, Izabela:
●    represents clients before the President of the Polish Data Protection Office (PUODO),
●    assists clients with data protection, privacy and professional secrecy aspects of monitoring of employees, cloud computing, outsourcing, big data, IA, HR data processing and marketing, 
●    advises on a number of international data transfer issues, including Binding Corporate Rules aspects,
●    audits companies on compliance with the data protection rules, and proposes remediation and risk mitigation actions.
She has particular expertise in consumer law issues affecting online providers and e-commerce. Izabela also specialises in IT law, trademark, design and unfair competition law and gambling law, as well as civil, administrative and criminal proceedings regarding intellectual property.
Izabela is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and an expert of the Polish Chamber of Commerce. She was also an arbitrator at the Permanent Arbitration Court for Consumers at the Office of Electronic Communication.
Izabela is recognised by Legal500 and Chambers as a leading individual in data protection. She was also recognised by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers competition in the category of IP, and awarded Legal Rising Star by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna & Wolters Kluwer Poland.
She has authored numerous publications on data protection and privacy, including the Legal Guidebook for E-Business, published by Wolters Kluwer Poland in 2016.
Izabela is fluent in Polish and English.


Contributions by Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakula

  • Joint Controllership: That’s a Challenge!
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2019
  • How to Deal with Different Rules on Use of Employee Data
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2018
  • The Latest Updates on Data Protection in Turkey and in EU
    Speaker at Istanbul KnowledgeNet: 17 May 2016