Paul Newman

Year of Call: 1982
Email Address: paul.newman@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 0117 928 1520

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Construction and engineering

Apart from private practice at the Bar, Paul spent a number of years as an employed barrister in solicitors’ practice. He has worked for two major regional firms, where he featured in both Legal 500 and Chambers UK as a leading construction lawyer, and for a major firm of construction claims’ consultants. He was highly commended in the prestigious Hudson prizes for construction law for his paper on construction industry insolvency.

Paul advises across a broad range of construction disputes. His workload includes delay and disruption claims, building defect claims (including ones under The Defective Premises Act 1972 and the Building Regulations), party wall disputes, claims against construction professionals and property misrepresentation claims. He has a particular interest in construction bonds and guarantees and is the author of a book on the subject. Drawing on his experience with solicitors’ firms, Paul is happy to accept Instructions to undertake non-contentious drafting, prepare contract amendments, collateral warranties and appointment documents.

Paul appears in Court and arbitration hearings and also represents clients in adjudication (including enforcement proceedings) and mediation. He acts as an adjudicator, arbitrator and mediator. He is an RIBA accredited adjudicator (1998), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1999) and an ADR Group accredited mediator (2001). Paul is  a TecBar listed adjudicator, mediator and arbitrator and an arbitrator under the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Business Arbitration Scheme (BAS).

Public Access 
In appropriate cases Paul, who has been a licensed public access practitioner since 2007, will represent members of the public without the intervention of a solicitor.

Recent experience:

  • A proposed professional negligence claim against an Approved Building Inspector
  • Adjudication proceedings in the High Court concerning (a) the reservation of the defendant’s jurisdictional challenge and (b) the enforceability of the adjudication provision in JCT Minor Works Contract in the particular circumstances of the case
  • Preparation of consultancy and sub-contract documentation in the rail industry
  • A proposed professional negligence claim against an architect for negligent contract administration
  • Advice on a number of construction industry Bonds
  • Advice on a framework agreement for the factoring of construction contract debts
  • A TCC case concerning an adjudicator’s right to recover his fees and expenses, following his resignation.

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)
  • McClellan v Pudsey [2016], Lawtel 21/9/2016.

Publications

  • 2nd Sep 2016

    Paul Newman, Barrister and Mediator of 3PB writes an informative article on when claims consultants become lawyers (or do they)?

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Recommendations

‘He has a wealth of experience in construction contract disputes, and his knowledge is always up to date.’

‘…has a solid construction practice and represents developers, suppliers and other parties in construction adjudications.”

Legal 500 2016/Regional Bar – Western Circuit, Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors.

‘Very personable and approachable’

Legal 500 2015/Regional Bar: Western Circuit, Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors.

‘He is very personable and always understands what is required from him.’

Legal 500 2014/Western Circuit – Construction.

‘‘construction industry specialist’ Paul Newman is highlighted for his ‘excellent advocacy skills’.’

Legal 500 2013/Western Circuit – Construction, planning, licensing and environmental.

‘…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.'”

Chambers UK 2014/Construction – Western Bar

“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!”

Mediation client testimonials 

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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 & appointments

  • RIBA accredited adjudicator (1998)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1999)
  • ADR Group accredited mediator (2001)
  • Clerksroom Mediator
  • TECBAR listed adjudicator, mediator and arbitrator.

Professional bodies

  • Member of the Association of South West Mediators
  • Member  of the Association of Wales and Border Counties Mediators
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of PIBA, PNBA, SCL and TecBar
  • Member of the Wales & Chester Circuit

Direct Access

Paul Newman is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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