Paul Newman

Paul Newman

Swansea BarristerPaul Newman

 Barrister at Law
Called 1982

Cambridge University (BA-MA)

City University London (Dip Law)

Paul Newman joined Pendragon Chambers in July 2015.

Before returning to private practice at the Bar,  Paul was an employed barrister in solicitors’ practice for a number of years. He worked for two major regional firms (where he was featured in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leading construction lawyer).

Paul advises across a broad range of construction disputes, both under standard form contracts and under less formal arrangements. He appears regularly in Court and arbitration hearings, represents clients in adjudication and mediation and 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) and an RIBA accredited adjudicator (1998).

Paul’s practice extends to property cases. He advises on and has conduct of claims relating to rights of way, the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, trespass, nuisance and boundary disputes. He will accept instructions to appear before HM Land Adjudicator and the LVT.

Over the last decade Paul has been involved inn 150 or so mediations as mediation advocate or mediator. His mediation practice is substantially based on construction and property disputes. However, he has also mediated disputes in other sectors – general commercial (e.g. franchising, sale of goods and partnership), personal injury and libel).

Mediation 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.”


Paul has lectured or run workshops on mediation, construction and property law for professional firms and training organisations in England and Wales, Northern Ireland, Belgium and Sweden. He will on request provide tailored training. Paul is the author of or a contributor to various books on construction law and dispute resolution and has been a regular contributor to various periodicals.

Notable 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)


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.

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

Construction – Western Bar

Paul Newman 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.

Paul Newman is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Directory 2014 for his expertise in the Western Circuit in Construction. ?
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. ‘construction industry specialist’ Paul Newman is highlighted for his ‘excellent advocacy skills’.”

On Friday 31 July 2015 [door tenant] Paul Newman appeared on behalf of the successful Claimant in adjudication enforcement proceedings before Mr Justice Coulson in the TCC, London. In Wycombe Demolition Ltd v Topevent Ltd  the Claimant was awarded judgment of  £113,666-63 with interest and costs. Mr Justice Coulson dealt with a number of jurisdictional challenges – multiple disputes, reservation of jurisdictional challenge and the adjudicator allegedly not answering the question the parties had put to him. In delivering judgment, which will be reported in due course on BAILLI, Mr Justice Coulson commented upon the new challenges that adjudicators faced after the removal of the ‘in writing’ obligation’.

Paul Newman is a barrister registered with Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. He is a sole practitioner and has professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Ltd., Bar Mutual Management Company, 90 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4ST   Bar Mutual provides cover for claims brought anywhere in the world.

All members of Pendragon Chambers provide legal services on a contractual basis pursuant to the Bar Council’s Standard Terms and Conditions unless expressly agreed, or otherwise varied, in writing.

Complaints procedures. Our complaints procedures are available to the lay client as well as those organisations directly instructing a member of Pendragon Chambers. If a lay client wishes to complain, they may do so directly to Chambers without going through their solicitors. Complaints Procedure.

VAT details are available upon request and are provided on our initial acknowledgement letter which is generated upon receipt of your Brief or instruction to Counsel. It is also provided upon our fee note to our client.

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