Paul Newman

Paul Newman

Swansea BarristerPaul Newman

 Barrister at Law
Called 1982

“He has a wealth of experience in construction contract disputes, and his knowledge is always up to date.”
Legal 500 2016

“Very personable and approachable”
Legal 500 2015

“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 and Partners 2014

“He is very personable and always understands what is required from him.”
Legal 500 2014

“’construction industry specialist’ Paul Newman is highlighted for
his ‘excellent advocacy skills’”
Legal 500 2013


Paul studied modern and medieval languages (French and Spanish) at Clare College, Cambridge. 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 in November 1982 and was highly commended in the prestigious Hudson Prize for construction law in 1997.


Paul predominantly specialises in contentious and non-contentious construction law. His practice includes disputes under standard form contracts and other less formal arrangements, matters under The Party Wall Etc. Act 1996, bonds and guarantees and professional negligence claims against construction professionals. In addition, Paul undertakes some general Chancery work, including rights of way and boundary disputes and some personal injury litigation. In March 2017 he was appointed to the All Wales Legal Services Panel (Chancery & Civil Law, Other).
Paul was accredited for public access work in 2007.


  • Gray’s Inn
  • RIBA accredited adjudicator (1998)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1999)
  • ADR Group accredited mediator (2001) and ADR Group Panel Mediator (Civil & Commercial)
  • Arbitrator under the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator’s BAS (Business Arbitration Scheme)
  • TecBar accredited adjudicator, mediator and arbitrator.
  • All Wales Legal Services Panel (Chancery & Civil Law, Other)
  • Society of Construction Law and Adjudication Society
  • Association of South West Mediators and Association of Wales & Border Counties Mediators


French, German and Spanish.


“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!”

Reported Cases

  • Boardwell v K3D Partnership Property (2006) ADJ CS 04/21
  • Lovell Projects Ltd v Legg & Carver (2003) BLR 452
  • Rankilor (1) / Perco Civil Engineering Ltd v M Igoe Ltd (2006) ADJ LR 01/27
  • David & Teresa Bothma (T/A DAB Builders) v Mayhaven Healthcare Ltd [2007] EWCA Civ. 527
  • Melhuish & Saunders Ltd v Hurden & Hurden [2012] EWHC 3119 (TCC)
  • Wycombe Demolition Ltd v Topevent Ltd [2015] EWHC 2692 (TCC)
  • William McClellan v Stephanie Pudsey (2016), Lawtel Document No. AC0151910