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.
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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.”
David is described as “a legend at the Bar” and “a truly great clerk” and “a stalwart of the commercial and chancery bar” in Legal 500. The directory also describes him as “terrific, top notch and easy to work with. Old school in all the very best of ways.”
“David Goddard is the godfather of the clerks room (in a good way) and probably of the barrister’s clerks everywhere – he always knows what’s happening and manages to make things work.”
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’.
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.