Chester Porter retired from the Bar in 2000. The Bar Council of NSW made him an Honorary Life Member in for his exceptional service to the Bar and the profession of law.
As barrister Peter Clyne once commented: "I had the doubtful pleasure of being cross examined by Chester. That experience is rather like having your throat cut, quietly, courteously and swiftly".
His books include the memoir Walking on Water and The Gentle Art of Persuasion and Conviction of the Innocent.