Peter has for many years been ranked as a leading junior in matrimonial finance work. Chambers and Partners describe him as a ‘go-to’ barrister, a ‘fearless advocate, ‘an incredibly good negotiator’, and ‘truly excellent in court’. Legal 500 describe him as having ‘tremendous attention to detail and a powerful advocacy style’.
Peter has appeared at all levels (including the UK Supreme Court) and his cases regularly involve high net worth or high profile individuals, offshore and corporate/trust structures, and international cases involving disputes over jurisdiction.
Peter also sits regularly as a judge for ‘Private FDRs’ and is gaining an increasingly high profile in this field.
In 2017 Peter was elected to the National Executive Committee of the Family Law Bar Association and he sits on the Property and Finance sub-committee.
For a number of years Peter has been ranked in the legal directories as a ‘leading practitioner’ in the field of matrimonial finance and divorce. He is regularly invited to give lectures and take part in ‘podcasts’ in the field of matrimonial finance.
In 2017 the Chambers UK bar directory described Peter as “absolutely meticulous and persuasive. He has an amazingly organised brain, and his work is incredibly well written“. In 2018 the same directory described Peter as a ‘go-to person‘ for matrimonial finance work. In 2019 he was praised as a ‘fearless advocate‘ who is ‘a great negotiator and someone who is truly excellent in court’.
Peter’s cases range from relatively straightforward County Court disputes to very complex and high value matters in the High Court and Court of Appeal. He often appears with, and against, Queen’s Counsel.
Peter specialises in every aspect of family finance, including Schedule I and TOLATA:
- Offshore 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
Peter has acted in a number of leading finance cases, such as:
- De Gafforj (Appeal – Hadkinson Order)  EWCA Civ 2070
- AA v BB (Application To Set Aside Leave: s.13 MFPA 1984)  EWHC 4210 (Fam)
- L v K (Freezing orders: Principles and Safeguards)  2 WLR 914
- JKN v JCN (divorce: forum)  All ER (D) 69 (May),  EWHC 843 (Fam)
- Brito-Babapulle v Layton  EWCA Civ 1263
Peter is well known for the meticulous and persuasive content of his documents, the direct and robust advice that he gives to clients, and his tenacious advocacy.
Peter has developed a growing reputation as an excellent private FDR judge who is user-friendly and gives detailed, balanced and creative indications. During the Covid-19 crisis Peter has already acted in a quasi-judicial capacity in a number of private FDRs using video-conferencing platforms and is very comfortable using this medium where necessary.
As an experienced specialist in matrimonial finance, Peter has considerable experience in advising clients as to the relevant legal issues, and what will be the most likely outcome at a final hearing. His grasp of of the details and figures in a case enables him to provide clear and reasoned indications in complex cases, and convey this to both professional and lay parties.
If you would like to instruct Peter to provide an indication at a Private FDR, please contact the clerks.
Peter advises and acts in all aspects of private law children disputes, including issues arising as to habitual residence and jurisdiction. Often Peter is instructed to act for clients where he also acts in relation to a financial remedy dispute.
Cases of Interest:
Re R (a child)  1 FLR 643 (leading Court of Appeal authority as to the test to be applied for temporary relocations and holidays to non-Hague Convention countries)
Re A (a Child)  1 FLR 111 (leading Supreme Court authority about habitual residence and jurisdiction based on nationality)
Reputation & Awards
"He can have judges onside before he’s even opened his mouth"CHAMBERS & PARTNERS
Peter is consistently ranked as a leading practitioner in matrimonial finance by both of the leading directories: Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.
Legal 500 (2022 Edition)
‘Peter is a fearless and talented advocate. He has a very good instinct for when to fight and when to negotiate, and he instils enormous confidence through his ability to read the judge.’
Chambers and Partners 2021
“Extremely bright and able to distil huge amounts of complex financial information into a short, persuasive argument. He is humorous and pleasant to deal with in the worst situations.” “Peter is a formidable opponent and his written work and skeleton arguments are extraordinarily good.”
Legal 500 (2021 Edition)
“Tremendous attention to detail and a powerful advocacy style. Never loses sight of the bigger picture and will give clients tough advice.”
Chambers and Partners 2020
Widely respected family junior specialising in matters involving complex corporate structures with significant assets. He has particular experience of navigating technical jurisdictional issues. Newman also has experience of appearing both led and unled in significant cases.
Strengths: “Has a fantastic feel for family finance matters, and an in-depth knowledge of case law which he applies practically.” “He’s an incredibly good negotiator who’s reasoned and sensible but when in court he’s robust. Great at the law, he really knows it inside out.”
Chambers and Partners 2019
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. Newman also has experience of appearing both led and unled in significant cases.
“He’s a fearless advocate, a great negotiator and someone who is truly excellent in court. He will come up with creative solutions for clients, and is both confident and really bright.”
Legal 500 2019
“A tenacious advocate”
Chambers and Partners 2018
‘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. Newman has experience of appearing both led and unled in significant cases. ‘Direct and great with figures, Peter is very much a go-to person when it comes to financial matters and is not afraid to give clients tough advice.’
Chambers and Partners 2017
‘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 and 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 and always prioritises their interests.’
Chambers and 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.’
Awards and Scholarships
Sweet and Maxwell Prize for highest marks in LLB finals.
- Malvern College (Major Scholar)
- BA (Hons) – English and Philosophy
- LLB (Hons) – Law – First class honours
- Inns of Court School of Law (BVC)
- Member of the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple
- Member of the Family Law Bar Association (‘FLBA’)
- Elected to the National Executive Committee of the FLBA
- Accredited Pupil Supervisor (Inner Temple)
- Accredited Advocacy Trainer (Inner Temple)