Peter Newman

“Widely respected family junior specialising in matters involving complex corporate and offshore trust structures with significant assets. He has particular experience of navigating technical jurisdictional issues. He is absolutely meticulous and persuasive. He has an amazingly organised brain, and his work is incredibly well written."
Chambers & Partners 2017

Practice Areas

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Peter Newman specialises in matrimonial finance and divorce.  In the 2015 and 2016 editions of The Chambers & Partners Guide he has been ranked as a leading barrister in this field.

Peter often appears in high value and complex cases with leading counsel and is experienced at all levels (up to and including the Supreme Court). He has advised in this and other jurisdictions such as Hong Kong and the Turks and Caicos. He regularly lectures in matrimonial finance both in London and nationally.

In addition Peter regularly advises and acts in cases involving international law as well as complex private law children disputes.

What the directories say:

Chambers & Partners 2016:
“Peers praise the way ‘he can have judges on side before he’s even opened his mouth’ due to his meticulous and persuasive drafting. He advises clients on both matrimonial finance and private children matters including abduction. “He is very intelligent and gets to the heart of the case with ease.  He is straight-talking and forthright with clients always prioritises their interests.”

Chambers & Partners 2015:

“His mind can deal with any complexity of problem. He has an academic approach to his submissions which judges find appealing.  He has a fighting spirit.”

Finance and Divorce: Peter’s finance practice encompasses the full range of applications for financial relief.

  • Foreign or complex assets
  • Trusts and Intervenors
  • Businesses and partnerships
  • Jurisdictional disputes
  • Inherited or pre-acquired wealth
  • Non-disclosure, ‘add back’ and other forms of conduct
  • Pre and post nuptial agreements, Xydhias and Rose agreements
  • Capitalisation/variation of maintenance and Duxbury calculation.
  • Individuals with high profiles and/or net worth
  • Freezing injunctions and applications under s.37 MCA 1973
  • Charging Orders, Third Party Debt and Attachment of Earnings Orders
  • Contested applications for Decree Absolute
  • Civil Partnerships
  • Schedule I of the Children Act 1989
  • Financial relief after foreign divorce (Part III of the MFPA 1984)
  • The Maintenance Regulation (EC 4/2009)
  • The Inheritance (PFD) Act 1975
  • Disputes between cohabitants pursuant to TOLATA 1996

Children:  Peter’s cases regularly involve the following

  • Applications for residence and/or contact
  • Disputes over education, change of name and medical procedures
  • Leave to remove and international relocation
  • Hague Convention and Wardship abduction
  • Disputes over jurisdiction
  • Domestic violence and Family Law Act injunctions
  • Applications pursuant to the Child Support Act 1991

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Appointments & Memberships:

  • Member of the Honourable Society of The Inner Temple
  • Member of the Family Law Bar Association
  • Member of the South Eastern Circuit
  • Member of Sussex Bar Mess
  • Qualified Pupil Supervisor (Inner Temple)
  • Qualified Advocacy Trainer (Inner Temple)

Qualifications and Awards:

  • Malvern College (Major Scholar)
  • BA (Hons) – English and Philosophy (Joint Hons)
  • LLB (Hons) – Law  – First Class Honours
  • Sweet and Maxwell prize for highest LLB final mark
  • BVC – Inns of Court School of Law  – Very Competent