Paul Newman is a private practice barrister, mediator, adjudicator and arbitrator (www.3pb.co.uk), (paulnewmanlegal.org), (paulnewmanmediation.org) who also has substantial in-house experience with two solicitors’ firms. He is a specialist in building and construction law, property litigation and party wall disputes. He lives in Cardiff but operates from Chambers in Bristol, Bournemouth, Winchester, Oxford and London. He regularly accepts work from members of the public under the Bar's public access scheme, which means that a solicitor does not become involved. Clients benefit from his familiarity with the workings of a solicitors' office.
Paul's work comprises -
Paul advises across a broad range of construction disputes, including ones under standard form and under 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, property misrepresentation claims and domestic building claims.
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.
Building on his principal practice areas of construction and property law, Paul became an ADR Group accredited mediator in 2001. Over the last decade Paul has been involved in 150 or so mediations either as mediator or as advocate. Though his mediation practice is substantially based on construction (building defects and time and money claims) and property disputes (easements, rights of way, boundary disputes), he has also mediated disputes regularly in other sectors - general commercial (e.g. franchising, sale of goods and partnership), personal injury, probate and libel.
1. Advice to plaintiff housing association on construction industry default bond in case (settled) due to go to Trial in High Court of Ireland (Dublin).
2. Appeal in Party Wall Etc. Act dispute – (Bristol CC). Instructed by client direct under Public Access.
3. Acted for claimant contractor (Bristol TCC) who had issued proceedings for the recovery of his final account following the conversion of former farm buildings to ‘high quality’ holiday accommodation. The first and second defendants alleged defective works, breaches of Building Regulations and planning. The counterclaim related substantially to the cost of rectifying the mechanical works, which the third defendant designed. The case settled on the 5th day of an 8-day Trial.
4. Acted for RICS in a judicial review at Bristol High Court (Administrative Court). The applicant had carried out work to a listed building without listed building approval. Later, he was disciplined by the RICS. He applied for judicial review on the basis that the RICS punishment had been disproportionate. Application refused.
Fluent French and German with a good working knowledge of 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.”
"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.”
"I cannot thank you enough for your learned and skilful handling of the claimants, their counsel and all of us defendants. I have no doubt that so successful an extrication from the situation would have been impossible without you."
" ... how grateful we were for not only your help with the tangles of steering through the complexities of our case but also for your constant support and understanding of the situation on a 'human' level."
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