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Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson

Work 020 7790 4032
Fax 020 7790 2739
London E14, London EC3N

Edward Preston

Work 020 7790 4032
Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson


The senior partner and head of the criminal department. Eddie qualified in 1981, having been articled at this firm, to the renowned London solicitor, Adrian Neale. Eddie has represented thousands of clients charged with all types of serious criminal offences including many murders, manslaughter, armed robbery, firearms, sexual offences, historic sexual abuse, drugs, extradition, serious violence, all forms of fraud, white collar crime, money laundering, asset forfeiture/recovery, and victims of police corruption. Thus, having extensive experience, he has represented a wide variety of clients in respect of investigations and proceedings instituted by many prosecuting authorities including CPS, DPP, DTI, IR, SFO, HSE, HMRC, GMC, and has dealt with cases before Magistrates Court, Crown Court, Court of Appeal, Administrative Court, House of Lords, as well as other tribunals including; Coroners Court, ECHR, Criminal Cases Review Commission, GMC, PAT, MHT. Eddie’s basic philosophy is client care and privacy, giving the personal touch to any case in which he is instructed. He has also been instructed in many important Appeal cases. Eddie has been described variously, by Chambers and Partners, over the years as being ‘one of the finest criminal lawyers of his generation and the possessor of wonderful tactical awareness’, ‘... not afraid to stand shoulder to shoulder with the clients’, and valued for his ‘no-nonsense pragmatism’. Notable cases include: Rigg Approach appeal cases (police corruption): R v E; R v Z (No 1); R v Z (No 2). Examples of other notable appeal cases: R v P (police corruption); R v M, H & P (police corruption); R v M (GN manslaughter); R v G (facial mapping); R v D (pace interviews); R v W (pace interviews); R v L (jury protection); R v T (Jury composition).


Higher court advocate; court and police station duty solicitor; very high cost case supervisor.


London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association; The VHCC Serious Fraud Panel; British Academy of Forensic Sciences; Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association; Solicitors Association of Higher Courts Advocate.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Leading individuals

Edward Preston - Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson

Within: Crime: general

Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson acts in a variety of serious criminal matters including murder, fraud, money laundering, drug dealing offences, sexual offences, child abuse and public inquiries. The firm carries out a large amount of legal aid work alongside its private practice. Paul Harris , Shila Keshvari  and Kirsty Bishop jointly head the team. Edward Preston has stepped down as senior partner but remains at the firm carrying out serious criminal cases. Natalie Berman is also recommended.

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