CANCELLED Westminster Debate: Living and Working in the UK – From the Ankara Agreement to IR35

Please note that due to current government public health advice, this event has now been cancelled. 

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in conjunction with  is pleased to invite you to “Living and Working in the UK – From the Ankara Agreement to IR35”

The Turkish EC Association Agreement, commonly referred to as the Ankara Agreement, has long provided the basis for Turkish nationals to seek indefinite leave to remain in the UK, either by setting up a business or, more commonly, becoming a self-contractor.

However, Brexit and the unfavourable March 2017 court ruling have placed the future the Ankara Agreement in doubt. And with new legislation covering self-employment, known as IR35, set to come into force in April, Turkish nationals are facing ever greater uncertainty over their economic status and continued ability to contribute to the UK.

By bringing together a panel of experts and industry specialists, this event will focus on the future of the Ankara Agreement, self-employment, and the potential impact on the Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish-Cypriot community.

This event will take place in the Houses of Parliament from 7-9pm on March 23rd.


Philip Ross was one of the founding members of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) and served on its first board as External Affairs Director and more recently as a member of its Consultative Council. He has a wealth of lobbying experience around issues of self-employment and has helped lead the campaign against the new IR35 legislation.

Bruno Rodrigues is a solicitor and director of the London law firm Cassadys Solicitors. He has 11 years experience in practising immigration law including Ankara Agreement applications and all types of business immigration applications. He also has extensive corporate and commercial law experience and is committed to helping his business clients thrive and this includes advice on contracts, compliance, company law and employment law.

Semira Dilgil is the Head of Corporate Immigration and one of the founding Partners of Ashton Ross Law. She is particularly skilled in all aspects of immigration, with over 15 years’ experience in the industry and as provided legal advice and assistance to some of the largest and well- known Turkish companies, including from the legal, oil, gas, financial, textile and investment sector.

Ozan Askin is a Personal Injury and Civil Litigation Solicitor with over 8 years of applied legal experience. Askin studied Economics at SOAS, worked for two years at HSBC before moving over into the legal sector and he started his own law firm, Silvine Law in 2017.