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Turan is a specialist personal injury, clinical negligence, inquests, and Court of Protection barrister with a busy practice in each area. Her specialisms include cases where medical issues and human rights overlap. She acts in a variety of cases against individuals, state bodies, private organisations, and companies.

Turan regularly appears in court in fast-track and multi-track clinical negligence and personal injury trials and interlocutory applications and conducts conferences with experts and lay clients in complex causation claims where there are pre-existing conditions and co-morbidities. She is experienced in drafting statements of case, schedules of loss, and advices on liability and quantum in all tracks. She also has 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 acts for leading motor legal expenses insurers, including Europe’s largest insurer. She 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. She acts for bereaved families in inquests concerning complex medical evidence 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 was instructed as junior counsel in Bass v Ministry of Defence [2020] EWHC 36 (QB), a high-profile test case against the Ministry of Defence, acting on behalf of a soldier who contracted Q Fever whilst serving in Afghanistan. Turan has also 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 is a contributor to Munkman on Employer’s Liability.

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 prepared legal analyses of preliminary references, research notes to assist judges, and court publications in French. She 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 individuals 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 and Spanish. 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 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 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 as sole counsel in clinical negligence cases and related interlocutory applications and CCMCs. She conducts conferences with lay clients, solicitors, and medical experts in the lead-up to trial and acts in fast-track and multi-track trials. She is often praised for her sensitive handling of lay clients with traumatic injuries. She undertakes overlapping work in the field of inquest law and is adept at analysing evidence concerning psychiatric injuries, having dealt with a number of inquests concerning self-inflicted deaths.

Personal Injury, Industrial Disease and Product Liability

Turan acts in fast-track and multi-track trials in cases concerning road traffic accidents, employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability, public liability, and industrial disease, with a particular focus on orthopaedic and neurological injuries. She is fast building a practice in high-value cases, acting in cases up to £250,000 in value. Turan regularly conducts conferences with experts (often from multiple disciplines) and lay clients. She advises on liability, quantum, procedure, and tactics in all personal injury cases, including those overlapping with her other areas of practice (for example, in personal injury cases concerning claimants who lack capacity and require deputies). She is praised for her thorough drafting of particulars of claim, attention to detail in schedules of loss, and clarity of advice on liability and quantum.

Turan has experience of complex jurisdictional and legal issues and has successfully rescued cases in which there have been issues of state immunity, service outside of the jurisdiction in EU states, and bankrupt and deceased defendants. She advises on cases falling under the Hague and Lugano Conventions, the European Communities (Rights Against Insurers) Regulations 2002, and the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010.

Turan was instructed as a junior counsel in Bass v Ministry of Defence [2020] EWHC 36 (QB), a high-profile test case against the Ministry of Defence, acting on behalf of a claimant who contracted Q Fever whilst serving as a soldier in Afghanistan.

Court of Protection and Mental Health

Turan accepts instructions in all fields of welfare and finances in the Court of Protection. She is instructed by the Official Solicitor, local authorities, CCGs, and individuals in both interim and contested final hearings, as well as in roundtable meetings and counsel-to-counsel negotiations. 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 represents clients contesting capacity in section 16 deputyship scenarios and in costs hearings.

Turan has experience of serious medical treatment cases, having recently acted in a case concerning an amputee who required urgent life-saving treatment for his leg wound. She has also acted in cases concerning capacity to consent to sexual relations and use of social media. She regularly appears against opponents 15 – 20 years her senior.

Turan also acts on behalf of incapacitated individuals in civil claims concerning violations of the Care Act 2014, the Human Rights Act 1998, and the Equality Act 2010.

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.

Turan’s recent cases as sole counsel include the second pre-inquest review hearing for the inquest into the Manchester Arena bombings, acting on behalf of two bereaved families; the nationally publicised inquest into the death of Dr Alastair Watt, a Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust; and the pre-inquest review hearing for the inquest into the death of Katie Locke, who was murdered in 2015. She has also acted in many inquests concerning deaths arising from medical treatment for both physical conditions and psychiatric disorders (including eating disorders), suicides, and police restraint.

Turan has assisted senior counsel in a number of cases, including the Guildford pub bombings and the inquest into the death of Sophie Bennett.

Turan advises on the bringing of civil claims in negligence, under the Human Rights Act, and under the Equality Act following inquests, and 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 also accepts instructions in related judicial reviews.