David Goddard

Senior Clerk

David Goddard is our Senior Clerk and has a wealth of experience. He has been with us since 1983 after 11 years in a commercial set in the Temple. He is a past Chairman of the Institute of Barristers Clerks and is now its President. He has served on numerous Bar Council Committees and working parties in the past, and is currently a member of the Bar Council Direct Access Panel. David takes an active interest in all aspects of Chambers’ life, and also sits on the Pupillage Committee.  David is Chambers Pro Bono Champion.


David was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019.

David was shortlisted for the Senior Clerk/Chief Executive of the Year at the Legal 500 UK awards 2014.

Chambers & Partners Global 2019

Senior clerk David Goddard is “very good to deal with” and runs an efficient, traditional clerksroom whose members “go the extra mile when necessary.” “The clerks always seem to know exactly what people’s workloads are like.”

“The clerks, led by David Goddard, are very helpful, very professional and very user-friendly.” “They treat you like royalty.”

Legal 500 2018

Described by some as ‘a bit of a Slaughter and May of the Bar’, Chancery set 4 Stone Buildings is ‘very good for banking and commercial disputes’, offering approachable counsel for company and partnership, financial services, civil fraud and insolvency work. The clerks’ room, led by senior clerk David Goddard, is ‘the best in the market’ and ‘eager to assist’; ‘if I have a question others cannot answer, I go to them,’ said one solicitor. Others highlighted the team’s ‘excellent relationship with the court and listings office’ and its pragmatism ‘when it comes to negotiating fees’.

4 Stone Buildings is singled out as ‘a strong, likeable set all the way from the clerks’ room to senior barristers’; while members ‘never fall short of sound legal knowledge and skill’.