‘No nonsense, no pretension – Paul is the absolute “what you see is what you get” family lawyer. And what you get is an intelligent and excellent practitioner,’ says a fellow solicitor of Paul Newton. Since qualifying in 2003, he has specialised in the resolution of complex financial disputes arising from divorce, and in pre- and postnups. A good family lawyer cuts through issues and doesn’t litigate for the sake of it, he says. He is seen as a champion of arbitration. He has seen prenups move from the exotic to become almost de rigueur: ‘There’s much less stigma now, and rightly so.’ Spear’s notes Newton’s passion for the job, a quality he considers to be a necessary prerequisite.