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.
Paul aims to balance the therapeutic benefit of allowing 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.
Paul is a member of ADR Group, the Association of Wales & Border Counties Mediators and the Association of South West Mediators.
Paul speaks fluent French and German and has 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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