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Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson
662-664 Commercial Road
E14 7HA

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 2

Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson‘s ‘committed, unfailingly hard-working and knowledgeable’ team act on both legal aid and private client work, with a strong reputation for offering a police station to trial service. Head of the in house Crown Court department Natalie Berman is regarded as ‘one of the shining lights in this profession‘, and has experience in matters related to murder, burglary, and drug offences. Senior partner Paul Harris has worked within the firm for more than 30 years, and is active on behalf of sub-postmasters in the Post Office Horizon scandal, while managing partner Shila Keshvari acts on cases of murder and drug crime. Kirsty Bishop has expertise in serious crime matters, particularly complex cases with multiple defendants. Solicitor Adeela Khan is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Paul Harris; Shila Keshvari; Kirsty Bishop; Natalie Berman

Other key lawyers:

Edward Preston


‘Natalie Berman is outstanding. She combines huge knowledge of procedure and the law with common sense advice, empathy and an incredible work ethic.’

‘Edward Preston- simply the best. He would be the criminal solicitor’s solicitor of choice.’

‘Kirsty Bishop is phenomenally responsive and absolutely commmitted to doing everything she can for her clients.’

‘The entire team at EFBW are committed, unfailingly hard-working and knowledgeable. They care about every case and never cut corners.’

‘I am struck by the work of Paul Harris and Kirsty Bishop particularly. Paul has led high-profile cases this year demonstrating tenacity and an innovative legal approach. Kirsty’s reputation is in general crime and financial crime. She astounds with her incredible client care. Once she takes on a case the client can be thoroughly reassured by her that there will be 100% commitment to their case. This is something remarked upon by the clients and by other professionals within our field.’

‘What makes this practice unique is the atmosphere of the firm. This crime-only practice has a stunning reputation for client care and innovative approach to cases.’

‘Natalie Berman is one of the shining lights in this profession. Nobody works harder or cares more than her.’

‘A very strong team which prides itself on good old fashioned hard work and commitment to their clients.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a number of defendants in the Court of Appeal appealing convictions in the Post office Appeals.
  • Instructed to represent one of 10 defendants charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs spanning 2 years involving in excess of 82kg of cocaine.
  • Advising 2 defendants engaged in money lending as a business between September 2013 and September 2019, not having registered with and been authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to do so.

Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson has a first-class reputation as a specialist criminal defence firm. It is consistently ranked among the very best in London and the UK by legal directories.

The firm: We cover the entire spectrum of criminal law and have a large own client following as a result of the level of client care that we provide.

We have a thriving Crown Court advocacy department, which is headed by one of our partners’, Natalie Berman.

We are committed to legal aid work and we also undertake a significant amount of private client work. In addition, Paul Harris, the senior partner, undertakes Inquest and Public Inquiry work. He is currently instructed in one of the Hillsborough cases. We also undertake regulatory work.

Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson is an established practice (1887) with a dynamic professional and modern approach. Client care, client privacy and confidentiality are paramount.

All members of staff work hard to put clients’ interests first, and to strive to provide the best possible service to those clients.

Types of work undertaken: The offences that we advise on range from general crime to the more sophisticated offences and cases which involve gangland crime, large scale drug conspiracies, murder, sexual offences and all road traffic offences. We also advise on all types of fraud, money laundering, POCA, forfeiture and confiscation. We undertake appeal work and miscarriages of justice. In addition we advise clients released under investigation and make representations to the police with regards to disposal of matters and where possible undertake work pre-charge.

Other offices: City of London

Senior partner Paul Harrispaulh@efbw.co.uk02077904032
Managing partner Shila Keshvarishilak@efbw.co.uk02077904032
Partner Kirsty Bishopkirstyb@efbw.co.uk02077904032
Partner Natalie Bermannatalieb@efbw.co.uk02077904032
Senior Consultant Edward Preston02077904032
Natalie Berman photo Natalie BermanNatalie is a Partner and Head of the Crown Court Department. She…
Kirsty Bishop photo Kirsty BishopKirsty has been a partner at the firm for over 10 years…
Paul Harris photo Paul HarrisPaul is the Senior Partner of the firm, having been there for…
Shila Keshvari photo Shila KeshvariShila is the Managing Partner of the firm. Shila has particular experience…
Edward Preston photo Edward PrestonEdward stood down from the partnership in 2018 after 23 years as…
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 13