NAME: Muhammad Burgal
ADDRESS: 86, Buckingham Road Harrow HA8 6NA London
D.O.B. 20th March 1954
NATIONALITY: Israeli (Arab), resident of UK from March 2003.
Lawyer, called to Israeli Bar (Expert in the Israeli law) and have
Certificate of eligibility, from the law society to be qualified as a
Interpreter, English to Arabic and Hebrew NRPSI No: 13029
Fluent Arabic and Hebrew. Good English (I have a certificate of competence in English from IELTS). Some German. I am accredited with the Institute of Linguists, the Diploma for Public Service Interpreters and enrolled in the national register, my registration number is 13029.
Professional Legal Experience in Israel:
1. Since 1995, I have had my own law practice in Jerusalem. I deal with civil litigation, applications for damages in personal injury cases, land cases, military court cases, and applications for judicial review to the High Court. I do a lot of court advocacy. I have lectured delegations of American judges from the National Lawyers’ Guild. I have been interviewed on CNN in relation to my representation of members of Reuter’s staff in administrative detention. I have also worked with Defense of Children International.
2. Hamoked, human rights organization. October 1995 to October 1996. I worked on a part-time basis, whilst also running my office. I worked on family reunification cases, applications for ID documents, and applications for judicial review to the High Court.
3. I did my formal training with Advocate ‘Issam Hamdan, Eli Cohen 14, Lod, Israel. I worked on property law and civil litigation cases.
4. I worked in the office of Advocate Leah Tsemel, Abu Obeida 2, Nuzha Building, Floor 4, No. 4, Jerusalem, between December 1992 and January 1994. I worked on military court cases, property law, and civil litigation cases. I would regularly do advocacy in all courts (military, civil and criminal). As a result I became familiar with and gained wide knowledge of the Jordanian law.
5. I worked in the offices of Advocate Moshe Aloni, Nahlat Benyamin, No. 72, Tel Aviv 66102, between July 1992 and December 1992. I worked in all aspects of criminal litigation.
6. I worked in the offices of Emanual Zalzman, 1, Har Sinai, Tel Aviv, 65816. I worked on all aspects of civil litigation. This was between 1992 and 1993.
Professional Legal Experience and plans in the UK
I did a one month work place in the Personal Injury Department at solicitors, Irwin Mitchell. I arrived in the UK in March 2003. I have been granted permanent leave to remain. I wrote several legal opinions concerning cases related to the Israeli law and the Tunisian law.
I intend to undertake the transfer procedures for me to become a solicitor in London. As a result of the fact that the Israeli legal system is a common law one, the transfer requirements are fairly short. I have already been granted a Certificate of Eligibility from the Law Society and passed two examinations and still have one to pass hopefully in June this year.
Interpreting and translation experience:
I have interpreted many times in court – in the family proceedings court, the County Court, and in the High Court. I have particular experience in translating in family matters.
I have regularly attended meetings with psychiatrists, and at residential assessment centers.
I have done a great deal of work for solicitors Lynch & Co, in London SW1, for Scott Moncrieff Harbour solicitors, London NW5, Salfiti & Co and Gillian Redford &Co.
I have interpreted simultaneously from Arabic to Hebrew, English to Hebrew, Hebrew to English, Arabic to English and English to Arabic, in a three days symposium in which representatives from the Palestinian Authority have met Israeli Keenest members .
I have interpreted in immigration and asylum cases – for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, and for Birnberg Peirce Solicitors.
I have done a great deal of interpreting work for ISA in Aukenton Refugee Detention centre.
I have a great deal of written translation experience.
As indicated above, I have passed the examinations of the DSPI exams, and registered with the Institute of Linguists No 13029
I am able to interpret in Hebrew and Arabic.
From June to October 2004, I was the local expert in an EU evaluation mission of conflict resolution projects in Israel and Palestine. I worked with an international relations expert, Dr. Bruce Stanley, and Dr. Moaz Ifaat, from the Hebrew University. We interviewed interlocutors in the West Bank, Israel and in Jordan, I, as well, interpreted and translated from Arabic to English and vice versa.
Education and personal status:
1. I did my elementary and secondary schools in the local school in my town, Lod in Israel in 1974.
2. I taught English and Hebrew in private schools in Jafa and in Ramla (Tara Santa), gave private lessons and written translations until 1979.
3. I opened my first business, a grocery Shop in Lod in 1979.
4. In 1982 I was married and have three children.
5. I was granted an LLB from the University of Tel Aviv in 1991.
6. I passed the Israeli Bar finals in 1995.
7. I arrived in the UK in March 2003. I have been granted permanent leave to remain with my youngest son.
8. I became a member of the National Registry for Public Interpreters, in 2004.
1. Advocate Victor Mansour: Lohamay Hagitaot 12, Naharia 22446, Israel Tel: 00972 4 9929797.
2. Amjad Salfiti, Salfiti & Co, 62, Camden Road, London NW1 Tel: 0207 428 0880.
3. Angela Gaff, from Lynch & Co, 3, Catherine Place, London SW1 Tel: 0207 808 5566
4. Milo Lekic, from Gillian Redford & Co, 495 Harrow Road London W10 4RG Tel: 02089604366
5. Daniele Scaramelli ECO FWC manager, Rue Ravenstein 40, B- 1000 Brussels. Tel:003225076905