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Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson
11 Burford Road
E15 2ST

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 2

Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson‘s crime practice is praised by clients for its ‘unfailing dedication‘ to clients, as well as the team’s ‘excellent representation at all levels of criminal defence.Paul Harris and Natalie Berman jointly lead the team, with Harris working on serious health and safety offences as well as violent crimes including murder. Berman, described as ‘diligent and meticulous‘, is highly experienced in military police court proceedings as well as in large scale drug conspiracies. Edward Preston and Kirsty Bishop are also key contacts within the team.

Practice head(s):

Paul Harris; Natalie Berman

Other key lawyers:


Edward Fail is a firm that has a clear, strong reputation for high profile, complex and challenging criminal defence. They have a strong team system, in which solicitors support each other and clients can expect continuity of representation. They can be relied upon for excellent representation at all levels of criminal defence, but can be most confident with the most complex and difficult.

Kirsty Bishop is a partner and solicitor respected in the field. I have referred matters to her, knowing that she will respond immediately, offering the client reassurance. She will give the same attention to detail and commitment whether private or legal aid – and this makes Edward Fail and Kirsty Bishop different from other similar firms.

The level of contact they offered was fantastic – there was constant support and gave us confidence that the case was being handled with care.

Natalie Berman was diligent and meticulous, helping us explore every avenue.

Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson are unique for their unfailing dedication to their clients. This is demonstrated by their hugely impressive speed of response, dedication to getting to the absolute detail of their cases, big and small, combined with an incredible knowledge of law, practice and procedure.’

Edward Fail have always been the firm that sets the example. They are always committed, always on top of their work, and always better than their competition. Briefs are prepared properly, thoroughly and skilfully. It is always much easier when they are the instructing solicitors.’

Edward Preston is the stand-out defence solicitor in London and has been for many years. His commitment to the highest standard of service remains undimmed. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law, allied with a preternatural sense of strategy.

‘The firm is well known in London with extensive working relationship with other legal personnel and law enforcement bodies.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a defendant charged with 5 offences relating to the fraudulent setting up of a company issuing fake covid certificates to confirm people were fit to fly.
  • Advised on a complex allegation of evasion of VAT by manipulation of figures on foods and services through a major company supplying wedding services.
  • Represented a defendant for murder who successfully ran the narrow defence of loss of self-control, resulting in an acquittal for murder and conviction for manslaughter.

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Paul Harris paulh@efbw.co.uk 02077904032
Managing partner Shila Keshvari shilak@efbw.co.uk 02077904032
Partner Kirsty Bishop kirstyb@efbw.co.uk 02077904032
Partner Natalie Berman natalieb@efbw.co.uk 02077904032
Senior Consultant Edward Preston 02077904032
Photo Name Position Profile
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