Altrincham Lawyer named Polish Business Woman of the Year

An Altrincham-based solicitor has been named the UK's Polish Business Woman of the Year.

Marta Grzelak, a Partner with law firm McHale and Co., was named amongst three finalists for the awards announcement ceremony at the Polish Embassy in London on Saturday.

"You never think you're going to win these things, but you always want to of course. It was a real 'what, me?' moment when my name was announced as the winner," said Marta, 33.

Marta was presented with her award by the Polish Ambassador, Witold Sobków,



Marta, an economics graduate, was selected as the winner because of her contribution to and support of the Polish community in the UK, particularly her founding and running the first Polish networking group outside London - the Polish Networking Club.

Andrew McHale, Managing Partner of McHale and Co, said: "Marta joined the firm in 2006 in a marketing role, working specifically on developing our associations with the Polish community.

"However, it very quickly became apparent that her talent and capabilities lay far beyond her job description. By 2011 Marta was a qualified solicitor, and by 2013 had become a Partner in the firm.

"But what lies behind the title and status is a work ethic and commitment to her clients in the Polish business and residential communities which extends into a role of problem solving and opportunity realisation for those clients."

Marta added: "There's not as big a choice of experienced and appropriately qualified solicitors in Britain who are able to meet all the language, cultural, commercial and legal standards and requirements as one might perceive, so those few of us who do work with the Polish community perhaps work outside the normal boundaries perhaps expected of a solicitor.

"We, as professional advisers, speak their language in more ways than one and often prove to be a bridge not just between Polish people, but between Poles and UK employers, commercial organisations and authorities."