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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 prides itself on its commitment to publicly funded work, with a strong emphasis on general crime advice provided by its team of specialists. The firm is also distinguished by its higher court advocacy work; Natalie Berman, who heads up the Crown Court department, is widely praised for her 'compassionate' approach and 'unrivalled dedication to her cases and clients'. Senior partner Paul Harris , who has now spent more than 30 years at the firm, has a broad range of expertise, from inquests and inquiries to health and safety, as well as violent offences, drugs and organised crime. Solicitor Adeela Khan is head of protest law, while managing partner Shila Keshvari also continues to maintain an active practice, with expertise in serious and organised crime.

Practice head(s):

Paul Harris; Natalie Berman; Adeela Khan

Other key lawyers:

Shila Keshvari; Kirsty Bishop


‘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.’

‘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.’

‘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.’

‘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%.’

‘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.’

Work highlights

  • Representing one defendant in an eight-handed retaliation murder.
  • Representing a former senior police officer at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the Janner Strand.
  • Representing and advising a defendant in relation to the admissibility of encrypted phone messages.

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 Berman Natalie is a Partner and Head of the Crown Court Department. She…
Kirsty Bishop  photo Kirsty Bishop Kirsty has been a partner at the firm for over 10 years…
Paul Harris  photo Paul Harris Paul is the Senior Partner of the firm, having been there for…
Shila Keshvari  photo Shila Keshvari Shila is the Managing Partner of the firm. Shila has particular experience…
Edward Preston  photo Edward Preston Edward stood down from the partnership in 2018 after 23 years as…
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 13