Paul Newman | Barrister

Paul Newman Barrister - ShenSmith Barristers

Year of call: 1982

Paul is a specialist in building and construction law, property litigation and party wall disputes and regularly accepts instructions on a direct access basis.
Paul practised at the Bar in Manchester before joining a firm of construction claims’ consultants, then to a solicitors’ practice, before returning to the Bar in 2007.

Construction Law:

Paul advises across a broad range of construction disputes, both under standard form contracts and under less formal arrangements. His practice includes matters under The Party Wall Etc. Act 1996. He is experienced in arbitration, adjudication, mediation and Court proceedings. He is an ADR Group accredited mediator (2001), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1999) and an RIBA accredited adjudicator (1998). He is permitted to undertake public access work (2007) and regularly does so.

Property Law

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.

Though Paul’s practice as a mediator is substantially based on construction and property disputes, he has also mediated disputes in other sectors.


Fluent French and German with a good working knowledge (including written) 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.”

“Thanks go to you for your invaluable assistance!”


“Vast experience and reassuring depth of knowledge.”

“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

Legal 500 2013

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

“Very personable and approachable”

Legal 500 2015

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)
  • Wycombe Demolition Ltd v Topevent Ltd [2015] EWHC 2692 (TCC)
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