Editor's Letter

Welcome to The Legal 500’s inaugural special edition – Turkey – Women in Law. We spoke to leading female attorneys to get the lowdown on their inspirations and vision for the new generation of women lawyers.

These interviews provide insight into what motivates them, how they manage work/life balance and the challenges for women within the legal industry in Turkey.

Our thanks to all attorneys that have supported us in this endeavour.

Interview with Ayse Yazir- Global Head of Origination, Bench Walk Advisors LLC

You were awarded the Turkish National State Scholarship to study Turkish Law at Başkent University and studied English Law at Nottingham Law School, England. Tell us about your experiences studying in two separate countries and what made you decide to become a lawyer. I initially thought studying law would give me more opportunities in a …

Interview with… Lale Defne Mete, CETINKAYA Law Firm, Partner

Tell us about your career choice and journey. Since my early years in high school, I had a passion for social justice issues, the art of debate, and law as a discipline. How much I enjoyed my university education in law further affirmed the veracity of this direction. I found private practice appealing in particular …

Interview with… Seray Özsoy Yavuz – Partner at Kılınç Law & Consulting

What was your route into law? Although I did not have any lawyers in my family that I would regard as a role model and take inspiration from; since I was a child my goal was to become a successful lawyer. I think the analytical thinking principles associated with the legal sector, being fair and …

Interview with… Nükhet Serra Coral, Managing Partner, Deris Attorney-at-Law Partnership

Tell us about your career choice and journey. And what made you decide to get into Intellectual Property and Trademark law?  Deriş is one of the oldest law firms in Turkey established in 1912 by my great grand-father and I am the 4th generation of the family. I was introduced to IP law at very …