Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson

Crime Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Highly regarded for its dedicated criminal law practice and commitment to legal aid work. Top-level expertise across the breadth of complex criminal cases, including historic sexual abuse investigations and gang-related crime. Handles matters ranging from large-scale drug supply cases to firearms offences and murder charges. Also renowned for its experience in advising on youth crime.

Strengths An impressed source describes the firm as "one of the best I work with because of how they prepare cases - very diligently, conscientiously and efficiently, with a good sense of how to assess the strengths and weaknesses."

"A focused team with no weak links," says one interviewee, adding: "They are not afraid to take on the difficult cases, and their clients know that they have the best working tirelessly for them."

Another source commends the firm for its team of "outstanding solicitors who prepare their work extremely well."

Notable practitioners

Senior consultant Edward Preston remains one of the most highly respected criminal defence practitioners in London. He continues to provide the benefit of his many years' experience on complex cases, demonstrating his "deep knowledge of the law matched by a yet more profound commitment to his clients," as one source notes.

Firm managing partner Paul Harris is well regarded for his high-level expertise in criminal law, including complex cases related to serious and organised crime. Sources praise his commitment, saying: "He is a decent, hardworking guy who dedicates so much time to his work and his clients."

Shila Keshvari has a healthy criminal law practice that involves substantial work on serious crime cases related to drugs supply, robbery and attempted murder charges. One source describes her as "superb" and adds: "She is principled, hardworking, shows real attention to detail and clients love her."