Paul Newman

Barrister, Adjudicator & Commercial Mediator


  • Completed over seventy mediations and achieved a settlement rate of 80% including:
  • Building & construction disputes
  • Family business / partnership dispute
  • Commercial contracts disputes – Landlord & Tenant
  • Professional negligence claim
  • Supplier / customer disputes
  • Environmental /contamination disputes
  • A variety of Court annexed / time limited mediations
  • Advising Bristol County Court in setting up Court annexed mediation scheme 2003
  • Advising Bath County Court in setting up Court annexed mediation scheme 2004/5
  • Gloucester County Court DCA Mediator Rep for Mediation Awareness Week 2006
  • DCA /HMCS appointed mediation rep Bath CC & Court Steering Group Committee Member Dispute resolution / mediation presentations to various local Business groups
  • South West Mediation services, equally covers the whole UK

Career History

Called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in November 1982, Paul completed pupillage in leading commercial Chambers in London (1982-1983). After practising at the Manchester Bar, he worked for a well-known firm of construction claims’ consultants in the North-West before settling in Cardiff (1990). In Cardiff he worked for two major regional solicitors’ practices (specialising in construction law, adjudication, arbitration and mediation) before joining 3 Paper Buildings (Bristol annex) (now 3 PB barristers) in September 2006. He has both acted as a mediator and represented parties in excess of 60 mediations. He writes and lectures on mediation and related topics.


  • Speaks and writes fluent French as well as having a detailed knowledge of Spanish and German.

Overview Of Experience

  • Building and engineering disputes (domestic and commercial)
  • Sale of goods (including consumer credit)
  • Partnership disputes
  • Unfair prejudice to a shareholder
  • Professional negligence
  • Franchise
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Boundary disputes


  • Paul is a graduate (1980) of Clare College, Cambridge (MA) – Modern and Medieval
  • Languages (French & Spanish).
  • He completed the Diploma in Law (1981) (City University) and Bar Finals (1982) at the Council of Legal Education (London).

Personal Qualifications

  • Called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn, November 1982
  • ADR Group accredited mediator 2001
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 1999
  • RIBA and CIC accredited construction industry adjudicator 1997


Gray’s Inn; Bar Council listed mediator; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Oxford Mediation Group, Talk Mediation and Mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited.

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