Building on his principal practice areas of construction and property law, Paul became an ADR Group accredited mediator in 2001. He is also a TecBar listed mediator and is involved with both the Association of South West Mediators and the Association of Wales & Border Counties Mediators. Paul, who has also written extensively on mediation, including several published books, has been involved in a considerable number of mediations, acting either as mediator or as an advocate. Though his mediation practice 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.
Paul aims to balance the therapeutic benefit of allowing the parties to get things off their chests with firm but non-confrontational reality testing. As a lawyer with long litigation experience he knows the financial risk and emotional stress litigation brings to most clients. Interested in the psychological drivers underlying disputes Paul actively works to encourage parties to identify where their true interests may lie and to achieve a negotiated outcome.
His recent mediation experience includes two cases relating to the non-payment of rent charges, two employment cases, a boundary dispute, a TOLATA claim and a property misrepresentation claim.
Training and Writing
Paul has lectured and conducted workshops on mediation in the UK, Belgium and Sweden. He is the author of numerous articles as well as being the author of or a contributor to several books on ADR. On request he provides tailored training.
If you wish to discuss appointing Paul as a mediator please telephone our Bristol office to discuss fee rates or for a copy of Paul's standard mediation agreement and information to parties.
'Commercially astute and sharp on his feet.'
Legal 500 2018?Leading Juniors - Tier 1
‘He has a cool head and a precise eye.’
Legal 500 2017/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors.
‘He has a wealth of experience in construction contract disputes, and his knowledge is always up to date.’
Thomson Reuters Report 2017
'Extremely helpful, wise, willing and knowledgable. Flexible and has stepped in last minute a couple of times.'
'...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
"He was personable and patient, and excellent at handling the judge. He also took an hour of his time after the hearings to de-brief us, which was very much appreciated."
‘Paul Newman – extremely helpful, wise, willing, and knowledgeable … flexible and stepped in last minute a number of times.’
Paralegal/Trainee Solicitor, South West
What do Clients want from the Bar? - Thomson Reuters, October 2017
- 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.
- 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
Paul Newman is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.More Information
The CIArb, Blake Morgan and 3PB invite you to a Mock Mediation in Cardiff on 19 October
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3rd Annual ADR Symposium held at Cardiff University on 25 April 2017
3PB barristers are delighted to have assisted in organising the Cardiff University 3rd Annual ADR Symposium in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Arbi...Read more