Paul Newman

Paul Newman

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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 2016 for his expertise in the Regional Bar: Western Circuit.
Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors
Paul Newman -
He has a wealth of experience in construction contract disputes, and his knowledge is always up to date.´╗┐

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 2013/14 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’."

Technology & Construction

Before returning to private practice at the Bar in 2007, Paul was for a number of years an employed barrister in solicitors’ practice. He has worked for two major regional firms, where he featured in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leading construction lawyer, and for a major firm of construction claims’ consultants. In 1997 he was highly commended in the prestigious Hudson prizes for construction law.

Paul advises across a broad range of construction disputes, including ones under standard form and other less formal contract arrangements. 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 prepared to accept Instructions to undertake non-contentious drafting, preparing 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 has acted as an adjudicator, arbitrator and more particularly a mediator. He is an ADR Group accredited mediator (2001), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1999), an RIBA accredited adjudicator (1998) and a TecBar accredited adjudicator, mediator and arbitrator. He is an arbitrator under the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Business Arbitration Scheme (BAS).


Paul is a member of Gray’s Inn, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Adjudication Society and the Society of Construction Law.


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

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.

Appointing Paul as a Mediator, Adjudicator or Arbitrator

Paul’s standard appointment documents and fee details are available from any of the above contact numbers.

Recent Experience Includes:

• 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


“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!”

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)


June 16 2017:

Construction barrister Paul Newman to lecture on "Expert Witness Cases" at the Society of Construction Law, Cardiff, 20 July 2017 more

April 26 2017:

3rd Annual ADR Symposium held at Cardiff University on 25 April 2017 more

March 20 2017:

3PB's Construction barristers provide a legal update in Bristol 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