If you are under investigation, have been arrested, and/or charged with a criminal offence, our expert criminal defence solicitors will fight to preserve your rights and freedom through every stage of the criminal justice process.    

Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson is a leading firm of criminal defence lawyers with decades of experience providing bespoke legal aid and private defence services across all criminal law matters, including sexual offences, murder and manslaughter, GBH, ABH, driving offences, and conspiracy and organised crime offences.

We are proud to serve our local community across Newham and wider East London, but we also enjoy an enviable national reputation as one of the top criminal defence firms in the UK. Our firm can offer you:

  • Expert advice from leading criminal defence lawyers
  • 24/7 support, 365 days a year
  • Police station representation
  • Court representation, including Magistrates Court, Crown Court, and Youth Court
  • Legal aid and competitive private funding options

We understand how distressing it can be to be the subject of a criminal investigation. You may be concerned about your reputation, losing your liberty, and the impact of a criminal conviction on your family, career, and personal life.

Therefore, from the moment you contact us, our priority is to help you resolve the situation as efficiently, positively, and cost-effectively as possible. No matter how urgently you need us, we will travel or arrange representation for you at police stations and courts across the country.

In many cases, we are able to help clients to avoid charges or see charges dropped before prosecution. If a prosecution cannot be avoided, we will support you at every stage of proceedings, making sure you have the strongest defence so you can secure the best possible outcome.

To have a confidential, no obligation discussion with one of our criminal defence solicitors in London, call 020 7790 4032 or email

For out of hours emergency support and representation, just call our 24/7 line on 07841 454 170.

Our criminal defence solicitors’ expertise

Our criminal defence solicitors’ success is based on over 100 years of knowledge and experience across all areas of criminal law. Whatever the accusation, whatever the situation, we are ready to help.

Our expertise includes:

If you are facing a criminal charge, we won’t advise you to plead guilty simply because it’s the ‘easy option’. We’ll work closely with you exploring every possible avenue to try and try and achieve the best possible outcome for you in your individual circumstances.

Why should you instruct a criminal defence solicitor?

If you have been arrested, charged with, or you are under investigation for a crime, it is crucial to contact a criminal defence solicitor at your earliest opportunity to advise you on the law, your rights, and your options.

A skilled criminal lawyer can assist and represent you throughout the entire criminal justice process, including at the police station, during police interviews, at bail hearings, and at court hearings.

Anything you say in a police interview can be used as evidence against you, so we recommend that you do not answer any questions in relation to the criminal allegation against you until one of our criminal defence solicitors is by your side to advise you.

For further information, please visit our police station representation and court representation pages.

Why choose Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson’s criminal defence lawyers?

Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson is one of the leading criminal defence firms in London and the UK. We are  highly ranked by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. 

We are also accredited by the Law Society in Criminal Litigation for our ability to advise and represent clients in criminal cases efficiently and competently.

Each member of our team is highly experienced across all areas of criminal law, and absolutely dedicated to preserving the rights and freedoms of their clients. In particular, several members of our team are recognised by Chambers and Partners and/or The Legal 500 for their skills in high-level criminal cases, exceptional client care, and loyalty to their local community in East London, including:

Every member of our team is officially accredited in the Police Station Representatives Scheme and have extensive experience in attending police stations at short notice to advise and represent clients. Our rigorous approach means we’re often able to get police investigations against our clients dropped without charge.

Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson is independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).  

Funding your case

We firmly believe that everyone should be able to access a skilled criminal defence solicitor without being pushed into financial difficulty. Therefore, while we are a private practice, we are one of the few top law firms still undertaking criminal legal aid work.

When you call us for a confidential, no obligation discussion, we can clearly advise you on your funding options, including quoting you reasonable fixed fee packages for our services wherever possible, or advising on your potential eligibility for legal aid.

Get in touch with our specialist criminal defence solicitors in London today

To speak with one of our criminal defence solicitors in East London, call 020 7790 4032 or email today.

For out of hours calls just call our 24/7 support line on 07841 454 170. We can arrange support and representation for you at any time, day or night, and, for some serious cases, attend police stations across the country.


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