Ruken joined Descartes Solicitors in May 2014 as a volunteer and commenced employment with the firm in January 2015 as a Paralegal which later developed to that of a Caseworker. Ruken recently commenced her period of recognized training as a Trainee Solicitor and intends to qualify as a Solicitor in January 2019.
Ruken read Law (LLB Hons) at Brunel University and graduated in 2012 with an Upper Second Class Honours degree. During the same year, she went onto complete her Legal Practice Course at BPP Holborn and graduated with a Commendation in 2013.
Prior to working at Descartes Solicitors, Ruken was a Legal Intern at the Democratic Progress Institute, an NGO dealing with International Human Rights matters. She carried out legal research and assisted the Legal Officer and the organisation with cases before the European Court of Human Rights and drafted submissions to various international Mechanisms.
Ruken has a keen interest in Immigration Law and has her own caseload predominantly in this practice area. She has assisted in a variety of cases including Asylum, Fresh Claims, Human Rights applications, ECAA Ankara Agreements, Naturalisation and Registration, Spousal Visas, Tier 1 and 2 applications and EEA applications. Ruken has also assisted with cases in the Family law department of the firm i.e. divorce matters.
Ruken looks forward to qualifying as a Solicitor in the future and hopes to become a specialist in the field of Immigration particularly to help those who are vulnerable and in need.
Ruken speaks fluent Turkish and has some understanding of Kurdish (Kurmanji).