About Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson

We are a highly regarded criminal law firm dedicated to defending your rights, whatever the charge or allegation.

Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson has a first-class reputation as a specialist criminal defence firm. We are consistently  highly ranked in London and the UK by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500  being one of the few leading criminal law firms to offer both legal aid and private funding options.Our team of committed and approachable lawyers offers expert advice and representation at every stage of the criminal investigation and trial process. We regularly act in cases ranging from murder, terrorism, fraud, drug trafficking, sexual offences and assault, through to road traffic and regulatory matters.  

We’ve represented clients in the East End of London and beyond since 1887, when Charles Bradshaw opened our first office on East India Dock Road, and we’re proud to retain strong links with our community.

We understand that being accused of a criminal offence can be an intensely stressful and upsetting experience for the individual concerned and their family. Our team approaches all cases with the same level of professionalism and efficiency and specifically tailoring our service to the needs of each individual client.

We make your liberty our greatest priority. We will defend your case with robust determination, using the highest level of expertise in order to achieve the best results possible.

If you would like advice or a competitive fee quote from our criminal defence team, please get in touch by calling 0207 790 4032 or emailing main@efbw.co.uk. For out-of-hours support, please call our 24/7 emergency police station advice line on 07841 454 170.

We have two offices, one in East London and one in the City, and we can also attend police stations across London (and the UK in some serious cases) to advise and support you.

Why choose our criminal defence solicitors?

Here are just some of the reasons why we are the right criminal law solicitors for you:

  • We are highly ranked by official law firm ranking organisation, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500
  • We believe that everyone has the same right to high quality legal advice and representation. We ensure that our service is accessible for all, and we are known for the high standard of all of our work, whether funded privately or by legal aid.
  • Our team includes trained duty solicitors qualified in the Police Station Accreditation Scheme and Higher Rights Advocates, allowing us to support you through every stage of the criminal justice system, from the moment you are accused of an offence to trial and appeal.
  • We have close links with experts and specialist counsel adding further depth to our ability to assist clients in complex, serious, and high profile criminal cases at any court level.
  • Our approach is client-centred. We have over 100 years’ combined experience and have secured successful outcomes to criminal investigations and prosecutions for over a century. We attribute our success, not simply to our knowledge of the law, but also to our ability to adapt to our client’s needs, tailoring our advice and defence strategy to help them achieve the best result possible.
  • In fact, we’ve been awarded the Law Society Criminal Litigation Accreditation for our skills.

Get in touch with our expert criminal defence solicitors in London

If you need expert criminal defence advice and representation, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today by calling 0207 790 4032, emailing main@efbw.co.uk, or filling in our enquiry form.

We also have a 24/7, 365 days a year police station advice line which you can contact by calling 07841 454 170.


Client testimonials

“They have great strength in depth. It's a strong team able to cover a variety of styles based on impressive collective experience and expertise - there is truly a solicitor for every situation."

"They are a shining light in terms of the legal aid community of solicitors. They are all incredibly impressive and are all outstanding in their own way."

"Natalie Berman has been amazing throughout my stressful time, she has stood by me throughout and has given me the best possible advice that was in my benefit. She is calm, compassionate and always approachable and addressed all my queries thoroughly, ensuring that I understood and explained everything in depth. She was honest and always looked out for the outcome that would be in my best interest. Natalie got me through what was the most difficult time of my life, I would recommend her 100%."

"Shila Kesvari gave me confidence, support and a belief that she was doing the best for me. I knew her decisions were not taken lightly and that she conferred with other experts for the best results. She is extremely methodical and thorough in her work. She was easily accessible and left nothing to chance.’

Legal 500 2022

"i have worked extensively with Paul Harris, Kirsty Bishop and Natalie Berman. All three are incredibly hard working, highly knowledgeable and very client focused, all prepared to go the extra mile in their client’s defence. All three are a pleasure to deal with."

"Paul Harris is an incredibly well respected and experienced criminal litigator. He is hardworking, thorough and gives accurate, realistic advice.’"

‘Edward Preston is probably the most experienced criminal defence solicitor in the country. He remains as dedicated today as he was 40 years ago. A colossus who embodies the ethos of that firm.’

‘Shila Keshvari as continued to develop a busy and successful practice and maintain her reputation for tactical awareness and 24/7 commitment to her clients. She gains the confidence of her clients in the most trying situations.’

‘Kirsty Bishop is one of the most diligent lawyers I work with. She is constantly working on her cases and always secures the best possible result.’

‘Natalie Berman is streets ahead of her competitors. Having been a barrister she knows the other side of the coin. Her unrivalled dedication to her cases and clients is nothing short of phenomenal. Natalie is a machine when it comes to her efficiency, she is extremely bright and hardworking and provides a first-class service across the board.’


Chambers and Partners 2022

According to one interviewee, "every case with Edward Fail is properly prepared and they are always pushing their counsel to make sure they've got the absolute best results for their clients."

"They are among the finest defence lawyers you will meet and there is not a weak link in the team," sources say.

Another praises the firm for its "commitment to the sector and the standards it maintains" and adds: "The lawyers all demand the same enthusiasm and commitment from anyone they brief and it all shows in the results they secure."

"Paul  Harris is a fantastic all-round solicitor dealing with very heavyweight cases. He has wonderful insight and a fantastic rapport with all his clients." One source said "He has dealt with my matter with great professionalism, sensitivity and care throughout."

"Shila Keshvari clients adore her and she really gets results."

"Natalie  Berman is an effective criminal solicitor who is very committed to her clients and understands cases inside out. She is a future star." One source states "She never stops working and is equally adept in the courtroom as she is at preparing and litigating cases."

Additionally "She has been tough, knowledgeable and relentless yet also human and professional."

"Edward Preston is a blue blood of criminal litigation and few can match his brilliance as a lawyer." "He is a superb solicitor."


The Legal 500 2020

“Led by Edward Preston, who is ‘a master of criminal defence’, and Paul Harris (‘the driving force of the firm’), Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson provides defence work of ‘the highest quality’. Despite legal aid cuts, the firm continued to expand, and saw an increase in youth court work."

'Natalie Berman works tirelessly to secure the best outcomes for her clients'.

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