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Turan is a specialist practitioner in medical law and human rights and is developing a busy practice in clinical negligence, personal injury, inquests, the Court of Protection, community care, and police law. She is particularly interested in cases where medical issues and human rights overlap and acts in a variety of cases against state bodies, private organisations, and companies.

Turan regularly appears in court in fast-track and multi-track clinical negligence and personal injury trials, civil applications, and interim hearings, and has extensive experience of both civil submissions and witness examination. She is experienced in drafting statements of case, schedules of loss, and advices on liability and quantum in clinical negligence and personal injury claims in all tracks. She also has extensive research experience in claims worth several million pounds and has assisted barristers as junior counsel in cases up to and including Court of Appeal level. Turan is instructed by the Official Solicitor, local authorities, and individuals in interim and final hearings concerning welfare and finances in the Court of Protection, roundtable meetings, and counsel-to-counsel negotiations, and advises on community care matters. She regularly acts for bereaved families in inquests concerning complex medical evidence in the context of both medical treatment and police restraint and is particularly interested in Article 2 issues. Turan also advises on actions against the police and state authorities, including in respect of damages under the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010.

Turan has acted as junior counsel in pre-inquest review hearings for a number of high-profile inquests, including the inquests into the Manchester Arena bombings and the Guildford pub bombings. She was instructed as junior counsel to Theo Huckle QC in a high-profile test personal injury case against the Ministry of Defence on behalf of a claimant who contracted Q Fever whilst serving in Afghanistan.

What her clients say:

“Turan’s work was first class. She was extremely well prepared but had also a real grasp of the civil case. Her advocacy was excellent… Not only is Turan very able and hard-working, she was also very good with [the client]. She instilled confidence.”

“[The clients] are immensely happy with the result…That was a difficult day for all and you did an absolutely fantastic job, keeping your cool in tough circumstances.”

“We all thought you were amazing.”

“We were impressed not just by her skill but also her sensitivity.”

Background

Before joining the Bar, Turan undertook a traineeship at the European Court of Justice, where she independently prepared legal analyses of preliminary references, research notes to assist judges, and Court publications in French. She also interned with human rights NGOs REDRESS and ARTICLE 19, as well as assisting victims of domestic violence as a paralegal at a family law firm. Turan has a strong interest in parliamentary affairs and conducted research on pre-appointment scrutiny hearings as a research assistant at the UCL Constitution Unit. She co-authored ‘Improving Parliamentary Scrutiny of Public Appointments’, published by the Unit in 2017.

As a university student, Turan led one of the first major pro-bono projects undertaken by LSE Pro Bono Matters. She was an avid mooter, winning the Herbert Smith Mooting Competition at the University of Bristol and acting as captain of the LSE team in the international Price Media Moot Competition. She also served as President of the Bristol Bar Society, Managing Editor of the Bristol Law Review, and Senior Editor of the Bristol University legal magazine. She was awarded a major scholarship for her LLM at the LSE, as well as a full scholarship from the Inner Temple for her Bar training.

Turan is passionate about improving access to the Bar and regularly mentors women from underprivileged BME communities. Turan spends her spare time learning foreign languages and practising yoga. She speaks fluent Turkish and French, intermediate German, and is learning Italian. She is also a Grade 8 violinist and plays for a London-based orchestra.  

Turan accepts instructions from French-speaking and Turkish-speaking clients.

Clinical Negligence

Turan undertook pupillage at a leading clinical negligence set, gaining in-depth experience of cases from both Claimant and Defendant perspectives. Whilst training, she regularly drafted particulars of claim, defences, advices on liability and quantum, schedules and counter-schedules of loss, mediation notes, and skeleton arguments on cases up to and including Court of Appeal level, as well as attending and assisting with conferences, roundtable meetings, mediations, and trials. She assisted QCs with extensive legal research on issues of causation, quantum, and costs, including in the recent Court of Appeal case of XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 2832 concerning the recoverability of the costs of commercial surrogacy. Examples of cases on which Turan worked include cases concerning negligent conduct of surgery leading to bowel perforation and sepsis, mistaken prescription of dexamethasone, delayed diagnosis of a number of different types of cancer, birth-related injuries, brain injuries, infertility, and haemophilia. As a pupil, Turan also gained experience of the high-profile transvaginal mesh litigation. Her product liability experience serves her well in her analysis of surgical procedures. 

Turan is regularly instructed in clinical negligence cases and related civil interlocutory applications concerning the admission of evidence, procedure, and case management. She has advised on liability and quantum in cases involving complex medical evidence concerning both physical and psychological injuries and drafted schedules of loss in dependency claims under the Fatal Accidents Act. She regularly conducts conferences with lay clients, solicitors, and medical experts in the lead-up to trial. She undertakes overlapping work in the field of inquest law and is particularly adept at analysing evidence concerning psychiatric injuries, having dealt with a number of inquests concerning self-inflicted deaths.

Turan is also keen to accept instructions in areas where there is an overlap between medical law and human rights: for example, in related judicial reviews.

Personal Injury, Industrial Disease and Product Liability

Turan has a busy personal injury practice and accepts instructions in all related areas. She regularly acts for clients as sole counsel in fast-track and multi-track trials in cases concerning employers’ liability (including noise-induced hearing loss), occupiers’ liability, industrial disease (including asbestos-related asthma and carpal tunnel syndrome), and road traffic accidents. Turan also appears in court in CCMCs and civil applications concerning evidence and procedure. Turan advises on liability, quantum, and procedure in all personal injury issues, including those overlapping with her other areas of practice – for example, in personal injury actions against the police. She has acted as sole counsel in cases worth up to £250,000 and is keen to develop her practice in high-value actions.

Turan acted as junior to Theo Huckle QC in a high-profile test case deciding whether the Ministry of Defence owed and breached a duty to protect soldiers against the risk of Q Fever.

Court of Protection and Mental Health

Turan accepts instructions in all fields of welfare and finances in the Court of Protection and is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor, local authorities, and individuals. She has particular experience of applications under sections 16 and 21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 concerning capacity (including fluctuating capacity), best interests analysis, and deprivations of liberty. She also has experience of representing clients contesting capacity in deputyship scenarios and recently succeeded in proving that a client had capacity to manage her own finances after cross-examining an expert in court. She regularly acts in both interim and contested final hearings, as well as in roundtable meetings and counsel-to-counsel negotiations.

Turan was one of the Court of Protection team’s contributing authors to the recent Ministry of Justice consultation on revising the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice (see here).

Inquests and Public Inquiries

Turan has a busy inquest practice, acting for bereaved families in cases concerning failures by medical bodies and police forces before both Coroners and juries. She has particular experience of cases concerning psychiatric and psychological evidence in a healthcare context and is adept at making Article 2 arguments. She is regularly praised by solicitors and lay clients for her skilled legal analysis, cross-examination, and sensitive conduct of cases.

Recent inquests and pre-inquest review hearings in which Turan has acted include:

  • The second pre-inquest review hearing for the inquest into the Manchester Arena bombings, acting on behalf of two bereaved families.

  • The pre-inquest review hearing for the inquest into the death of Katie Locke, who was murdered in 2015.

  • The nationally publicised inquest into the death of Dr Alastair Watt, a Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

  • An inquest arising from the death of a young woman with a long-term history of eating disorders and mental health difficulties in a nationally renowned psychiatric unit.

  • An inquest concerning the death of a 96-year-old dementia sufferer following police restraint.

  • An inquest concerning the death of a premature baby in hospital.

  • An inquest concerning a self-inflicted death of a hospital out-patient with a history of delusional disorders, depression, and psychosis.

Turan has also assisted senior counsel in a number of pre-inquest review hearings, including the Guildford pub bombings and inquests such as the high-profile inquest into the death of Sophie Bennett and a case concerning the death of a young man following collision with a police car.

Turan advises on the bringing of civil claims in negligence, under the Human Rights Act, and under the Equality Act following inquests, and can also advise on judicial reviews of coronial decisions.

Actions Against the Police and Public Authorities

Turan advises in actions against the police in claims concerning false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, assault and/or trespass to the person, discrimination, and breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998 and Equality Act 2010. Her background in medical law places her well to evaluate cases in which there is evidence of psychiatric damage in particular. She undertakes overlapping work in the field of inquest law, including in cases concerning deaths resulting from police restraint and deaths in police custody. Turan is also keen to accept instructions in related judicial reviews.