David Portch


David Portch is the Senior Clerk at Five Paper. He is responsible for clerking all members of chambers and business development. He also oversees the management and smooth running of Chambers’ clerking team, where he is ably assisted by a dedicated team who provide a friendly, efficient and professional service. They are committed to ensuring that our clients’ needs are met and that our standards of service remain high.

David joined Chambers in August 2006, having commenced his clerking career in July 1998 with Old Square Chambers before moving to 39 Essex Street.


  • R3 (Association of Business Recovery Professionals) and National Membership Committee member
  • SHLA (Social Housing Lawyers Association)

Directory quotes:

Chambers & Partners (2020): “Five Paper have a brilliant clerking team and they are willing to bend over backwards to help wherever possible. They also seem to have a real understanding of the practicalities of housing law.” “The clerks make booking counsel a dream.” Senior clerk David Portch “leads from the front.”

Chambers & Partners (2019):  “The clerks are fantastic – things get followed up in minutes and they’re really easy to work with.” “The clerks are courteous, helpful and always willing to assist.”

Chambers & Partners (2018): “The clerks are brilliant. They are so efficient and helpful, and the working relationship is second to none”, “The clerking is always really good …., everything is smooth and you feel like a valued client”

Legal 500 (2020) comments on the clerks room and service: ‘the clerks are very personable and diligent; led well by David Portch’

Legal 500 (2019) comments on the clerks room and client service:  Five Paper are ‘a delight to deal with, blending a professional and unstuffy approach from tenants to clerks’. The ‘particularly helpful and approachable’ clerks’ room under the ‘excellent’ senior clerk David Portch ‘can be relied on to handle anything thrown at them’. Overall, the clerking team is ‘good at building rapport with solicitors and you feel in experienced hands

Legal 500 (2017) comments on the clerks and service: The “particularly helpful” David Portch leads the clerking team, which is “very friendly and always very willing to assist”. Everyone in the support team is “great, from the telephone handler to the clerks”; “they always put themselves out to assist you and to get the right person for your matter”.

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