David Goddard

Senior Clerk

David Goddard is our Senior Clerk and has a wealth of experience. He has been with us since 1983 after 12 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.

CHAMBERS UK 2017

Civil Fraud:
“I know all the clerks there and find them to be extremely responsive.” “The clerking service is efficient and sensible.” Senior clerk David Goddard is hugely popular with those that instruct the set. “He’s old-school in the best sense. Every day of the hearing he would come to court and he would check in on his barristers in court that day, hang around, shake the hands of the solicitors. I’ve never seen it with anybody else. He’s just a nice person who it’s easy to deal and negotiate with.”

Insolvency:
The clerking team, led by senior clerk David Goddard, “provide spectacular client service: they’re attentive and can be contacted at any time of the day or night. They always deliver and never disappoint.”

Commercial:
The clerking team, led by David Goddard, is attentive and can be contacted at any time of day or night. “If I need them to step up they always deliver,” says one impressed solicitor.

Banking:
“One can get spectacular client service from the clerks room. They foster deep, long-standing relationships, are attentive and can be contacted at any time of day or night. When one needs them to step up, they always deliver.” David Goddard is the set’s senior clerk.

Chancery:
………..”The clerksroom is incredibly helpful and diligent.” “David Goddard is a shrewd clerk of the old school. He understands the offshore litigation market, and we respect his candour and skill in managing both his administrative team and his barristers.”

Financial services:
Their clerking, led by David Goddard, is the best in the City. The guys over there are excellent. They are always on top of things, always friendly, and always in tune with your client’s objectives.” “The clerking is excellent, they’re very user-friendly and very easy to speak to.”

Offshore:
“I get spectacular client service from them. They’re attentive and can be contacted at any time of day or night, and if I need them to step up they always deliver.” David Goddard leads the clerking team.

Company:
“The clerks have a sensible and commercial approach to any issues” and are “very responsive and helpful.” David Goddard is the senior clerk.

LEGAL 500 – 2016
4 Stone Buildings is ‘an excellent set of chambers’ for commercial Chancery work and comprises ‘technically gifted barristers’ who are ‘routinely approachable, flexible and excellent with clients’. The set has ‘a good balance of silks, senior juniors and junior juniors’, who are ‘experts in their fields’ and ‘a joy to work with’. The ‘incredibly helpful and diligent’ clerks’ room is also ‘a notch above the rest’. Senior clerk David Goddard ‘could not be better; he is commercially balanced, astute at picking the right barrister for a particular piece of work and reasonable when it comes to fixing fees’.

David was shortlisted for Senior Clerk/Chief Executive of the Year. – Legal 500 Bar Awards 2014.