Behice Tural (née Ergen)

LL.B (Hons) (Upper 2.1)
Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2008
Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration (COFA)

Member of the Law Society of England and Wales



LL.B (Hons) – University of Westminster
Legal Practice Course– College of Law

Diplome D’Etudes Juridiques Francaises- Université Paris X Nanterre



Behice is a Solicitor and Director of Descartes Solicitors with over 12 years of experience in legal practice.  She was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2008 and is the designated Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration of the company.

Behice obtained an Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Law (European legal studies, LL.B) and also studied at the Université Paris X Nanterre obtaining a Diplome D’Etudes Juridiques Francaises. She completed her legal practice course at the College of Law in London and commenced work as a caseworker at a niche immigration law firm. She soon became accredited under the Legal Services Commission (LSC) as a level two senior immigration advisor before becoming a trainee supervisor.

Behice co-founded a specialist immigration practice regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) prior to co-founding Descartes Solicitors, one of the first law firms in England and Wales to be awarded Alternative Business Structure (ABS) status. She undertakes all aspects of immigration work with a particular interest in European Community Association Agreements (also known as Ankara Agreements), EEA applications, long residence applications, appeals and family migration cases. She has achieved success in numerous cases and appeals where the Secretary of State has failed to correctly apply the immigration rules or EEA regulations.

Behice regularly works with high net worth individuals and assists in the preparation of business plans for Tier 1 Entrepreneur applications. She manages complex cases and has represented clients at the First Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal. She has also featured in the press to provide expert commentary on changes to legislation and case law. 

Behice has ample experience in other areas of practice including family and housing law and is responsible for the training of staff.

Behice’s unwavering commitment to her work has gained her an excellent reputation in her field of expertise allowing her to establish an international client base.



Behice is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales. She is also a member of Amnesty International and subscribes to the Human Rights Watch and the Law Society Gazette.


Other Activities

Keen to give back to the community, Behice regularly offers pro bono legal advice surgeries. She speaks fluent Turkish and is proficient in French.

Behice is an avid reader of classical and multicultural literature. Her interest in human rights has fuelled her passion for travel and she has travelled extensively worldwide. Her other interests include theatre and the arts.


“Behice from Descartes has been our solicitor since 2010 when she first helped us with EEA2 applications for my brother in law and sister in law who had come to the UK from Nigeria on visiting visas. Behice also worked on an EEA4 appeal (the initial application was submitted by ourselves) for another family member and Evelyn represented us at the 1st tier tribunal. Home Office withdrew their case at the hearing and permanent residence has since been granted, as has British citizenship! Descartes Solicitors have been a pleasure to work with and are certainly very knowledgeable in the area of EU Immigration law. They do not provide their clients with false hope and are always realistic when offering immigration advice. If you need professional immigration advice from efficient solicitors then look no further! I know that we will certainly be availing of their expert services again in the future.” E Odunjo (EEA Permanent residence application)

“I dealt with Behice, for my husband’s indefinite application. Herself and team are very approachable and always ready to help. Behice helped me get through a rather tough time where without her help I would have been totally lost. In a short period of time we were able to get together all the relevant documents which was needed for the application. Her professional attitude and patience helped me to have full trust in her and the company. Her extensive knowledge and help couldn’t be more appreciated.

I will recommend Descartes Solicitors to anyone who is seeking for any help and advice. They are an extremely professional and pleasant team. Thank you for all your help.” Y. Nazli (spouse visa, entry clearance)

“A supply of services for the Ankara Agreement. I was not disappointed at all during this period, which lasted about four years. To inform friendly and professional help, especially Mrs Behice Ergen and thank you to all Descartes Solicitors professional. “Cogito, ergo sum” Bulent M. (ECAA initial application, family entry clearance and settlement application)

“Descartes Solicitors provides excellent service. Behice was very professional and helpful during my visa application processes each time. She provided advice and helped me in matters related to my visa anytime I needed very quickly and efficiently. I always recommend Descartes Solicitors to my network.” G. Ipek (ECAA Ankara Agreement application)

Thanks Behice and her team we have passed the long Tier 2 visa process, very professional and reliable. Behice and Descartes Solicitors team were always friendly and helpful, I could reach them when ever I needed.Thank you for the excellent service! Mr & Mrs Ertunc (Tier 2 General visa & sponsor licence application)

“My experience with Behice from Descartes solicitors was great. I have used their services twice and I will continue to use it in the future, professional, fast, reliable service, thanks very much for everything.” Selin A. (EEA application & permanent residence)

“I am very happy to work with Descartes Solicitors. They are very professional and I knew I was in the good hands. I am recommending to everybody for work with them. I am sure you will not be regret to choose them. I would like to big thanks to especially to Behice. Thanks” C. Bitim (ECAA settlement application)


“Very professional and extremely helpful. Friendly, approachable and understanding. Would absolutely recommend Descartes Solicitor’s to anyone. Will definitely use again in the future. Thank you SO SO much for your help!” G. King (spouse visa entry clearance)

“It is well known among immigration firms that Descartes solicitors are leading the way in this field. I used two different firms prior to coming to Descartes Solicitors and I was overwhelmed and very grateful for their professionalism in handling my case (which was very complex). They helped me obtain a favourable outcome at the first tier tribunal. I am actively recommending this firm to members of my community. They deliver outstanding customer service, in all circumstances. I cannot praise them enough. Absolutely brilliant!!!” F. Siyad (entry clearance, elderly dependants’ application)

“I am very pleased with my entire experience with Descartes Solicitors. They do not only provide excellent service and results on visa application, but they also truly care about their clients. I highly recommend them if you need immigration service.” G. Akyil (ECAA Ankara Agreement application)

“I’ve been a client of Descartes Solicitors for four years. I find Behice Ergen’s expert advice very valuable. Her professional and friendly attitude makes it a pleasure to work with her. I would highly recommend Descartes Solicitors. Idil K. (Ankara Agreement initial and extension application)