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About Paul

Paul studied law at Cambridge University and Harvard Law School and was called to the Bar in 1991, taking silk in 2009. He has been a member of Wilberforce Chambers in Lincolns Inn since he completed his pupillage there.

His practice is focused on pensions and financial services, including related professional negligence issues, and covers both litigation and advisory work, often of a highly technical nature.

Paul acts for some of the largest UK occupation pension schemes and FTSE 100 companies, as well as several major life insurers and a number of public sector and industry-wide schemes.

He has also acted for public bodies such as the Pensions Regulator, the Pension Protection Fund and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. His financial services practice has given him broad experience of problems in SIPPs and other personal pension schemes, including tax, mis-selling and investment issues.

Paul is consistently ranked in the legal directories as a band 1 pensions silk. He is former Chairman of the Trustees of the Bar Council Staff Pension & Life Assurance Fund and has often found his practical knowledge of operating a prominent scheme useful in advising clients on pensions issues.

A substantial amount of Paul's work has involved dealing with errors in pension schemes, and he has used this experience to write a book, A Practitioners Guide to Correcting Mistakes in Pension Schemes, which was published by Bloomsbury Professional in March 2022.

For this, Paul was awarded the prestigious Wallace Medal by the Association of Pension Lawyers in November 2022. He spends the limited spare time he has watching football (as a long-suffering Spurs fan), reading about history and going to the cinema.

"Paul stands out from the crowd as a pensions silk. He is incisive, purposive and passionate in his work, and incredibly responsive. He's not willing to descend into needless litigation tactics, and does everything with a sense of fairness and good humour."

 

Chambers UK Bar 

Paul’s e-mail address is: pnewman@wilberforce.co.uk
His Chambers contact details are below. 

Contact details for Paul’s clerk: 

e-mail: clerks@wilberforce.co.uk
phone: 0207 306 0102

 
Wilberforce Chambers address: 

8 New Square
Lincoln’s Inn 

London WC2A 3QP 

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Paul Newman KC is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Professional and licensed access clients may obtain a quotation for legal services by Paul Newman KC by contacting his clerk at clerks@wilberforce.co.uk. Please see the information on www.wilberforce.co.uk, and in particular Instructing us - Wilberforce Chambers (where details of areas of Chambers’ expertise, fee structures and timescales are to be found). Further Regulatory information is found at clause 10.1 of the website Terms & Conditions.  
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