Paul Newman

Paul Newman

Call 1982

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Paul Newman - Ranked in Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2014

Paul Newman is recognised for his expertise by Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2014.

Construction – Western Bar

Paul Newman of 3PB Barristers offers contentious and non-contentious services in the construction sphere. He is noted for his litigation work, and is increasingly acting as a mediator in construction matters.
Expertise: “Very impressive advocacy skills. Mr Newman dealt with an application to enforce an adjudicators’ decision for us. His advocacy skills were most impressive, and we were granted the enforcement.”
Recent work: He acted in Melhuish & Saunders v Hurden & Others, concerning construction defects in a residential property.

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Paul Newman is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015 for his expertise in the Regional Bar: Western Circuit.
Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors
Paul Newman - Very personable and approachable

Paul Newman is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Directory 2014 for his expertise in the Western Circuit in Construction. 
3PB’s Paul Newman - “He is very personable and always understands what is required from him.”

Paul Newman is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Directory 2013 for his expertise in the Western Circuit for his Construction, planning, licensing and environmental expertise at the Bar. “At 3PB, ‘construction industry specialist’ Paul Newman is highlighted for his ‘excellent advocacy skills’."


Background

Paul originally studied modern and medieval languages at Clare College, Cambridge, graduating in 1980 with a degree in French and Spanish. He is an MA of the University. He completed the Diploma in Law at City University, London and ‘Bar Finals’ at the Inns of Court School of Law. He was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in November 1982.

Practice

Since 1988 Paul has predominantly specialised in contentious and non-contentious construction law, though he also undertakes some property and personal injury work. He advises across a broad range of construction disputes, both under standard form contracts (including bonds and guarantees) and under less formal arrangements. His practice includes matters under The Party Wall Etc. Act 1996 and professional negligence claims against construction professionals. Paul also undertakes non-contentious construction work, preparing contract amendments, drafting appointments and collateral warranties. He is particularly interested in the operation of construction guarantees and bonds and has advised clients on these.

Paul is an ADR Group accredited mediator (2001), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1999) and an RIBA accredited adjudicator (1998). He is permitted to undertake public access work (2007) and regularly does so. He is an arbitrator under the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator’s BAS (Business Arbitration Scheme) and a TecBar approved adjudicator, mediator and arbitrator.

Though Paul’s practice as a mediator is substantially based on construction and property disputes, he has also mediated disputes in other sectors – general commercial (e.g. franchising, sale of goods and partnership), personal injury, probate / TOLATA and libel).

Languages

Fluent French and German with a good working knowledge (including written) of Spanish.

Memberships

Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Adjudication Society and the Society of Construction Law.

Testimonials

“We would like to thank you for your valuable contribution you made toward the litigation we were recently exposed to. Your quick grasp … proved a real salve and we are both very grateful.”

“It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday and on behalf of this firm and the parties, may we take this opportunity of thanking you for your assistance and perseverance throughout the day.”

“Thanks go to you for your invaluable assistance!”

Recent Work

• A series of four adjudications relating to a ‘high end’ residential development in Surrey for overseas investors.
• A dispute, relating to the meaning of ‘material breach’ under a bespoke construction contract, proceeding in the TCC. • Advising a London-based supplier of ‘high end’ ‘custom’ cars in regard to a building defects’ claim and other possible claims against the project managers.
• Was a second adjudication decision enforceable or did it relate to a dispute that had previously been decided between the same parties in adjudication?
• Successful enforcement of the adjudicator’s decision in Wycombe Demolition Ltd v Topevent Ltd [2015] EWHC 292 (TCC).
• Successful appeal against a Party Wall Act Award.

Notable Cases

Boardwell v K3D Partnership Property (2006) ADJ CS 04/21

David & Teresa Bothma (T/A DAB Builders) v Mayhaven Healthcare Ltd [2007] EWCA Civ. 527

Lovell Projects v Legg & Carver BLR 452 (2003)

Melhuish & Saunders Ltd v Hurden & Hurden [2012] EWHC 3119 (TCC)

Rankilor (1) / Perco Civil Engineering Ltd (2) v M Igoe Ltd (2006) ADJ LR 01/27

Wycombe Demolition Ltd v Topevent Ltd [2015] EWHC 2692 (TCC)

News

April 29 2016:

3PB Barrister Paul Newman plays central role in mock adjudication at CIOB / CIARB event ...read more


April 7 2016:

On 6 April 2016 3PB Barristers Paul Newman and Christopher Edwards took part in a Mediation Update and Mock Mediation at Cardiff University. ...read more


March 18 2016:

3PB's Paul Newman to participate in the joint CIOB / Chartered Institute of Arbitrators ‘Mock Adjudication’ ...read more


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Academic Qualifications

Graduate of Clare College, Cambridge (BA; MA) Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos (French & Spanish)

Diploma in Law, City University, London

Council of Legal Education, London

Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • ADR Group accredited mediator (2001)
  • Member of TECBAR
  • Member of Adjudication Society
  • Bar Council listed mediator
  • Clerksroom Mediator
  • TECBAR accredited list of adjudicators

Professional Bodies

  • Association of SW Mediators and of Wales and Border Counties Mediators
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the Society of Construction Law

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish