David Pytches

David Pytches


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David Pytches is based in Walkers' Cayman Islands office where he is a partner in the Private Capital & Trusts Group. 

David has over 20 years' experience in wealth and succession planning. He advises institutional trustees, ultra-high net worth private clients and family offices on all aspects of Cayman Islands and BVI trusts and succession law, including the formation, administration and restructuring of trusts and foundations, private trust companies, charitable and philanthropic ventures, wills and estate administration. He also advises trustees on the exercise of their powers and assists them when taking difficult decisions.


Prior to re-joining Walkers in 2018, David led the private client practice at another offshore firm in the Isle of Man. Before that, he was in-house counsel to Standard Bank's Wealth and Investment Group in Jersey and, prior to that, head of trusts at another law firm in the Cayman Islands.

David previously worked at Walkers between 2005 and 2008, with stints in Cayman and Jersey.

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Cayman Islands
British Virgin Islands
England and Wales (not practising)

M.Th. (Hons), First Class, University of St Andrews, UK
STEP Onshore Diploma
STEP Advanced Certificate in UK Tax for International Clients

2023 Legal 500 - Leading Invididual - Trusts & Private Client

2022 Chambers HNW Guide - Offshore Trusts - Cayman Islands - "He knows offshore back-to-front. He is very highly regarded by institutional clients and trustees, they view him as knowledgeable and sensible and a safe pair of hands." Another source says that "David is a very perceptive lawyer and very technically strong."

2022 Chambers HNW - Offshore Trusts - BVI - "David is my go-to choice for BVI trust work. He is very reliable, giving thoughtful and practical advice in a very responsive manner," explains a source. Another interviewee says that "he sees beyond the basic legal matter to deliver commercial, thoughtful and practical advice."

2022 Legal 500 - Leading Invididual - Trusts & Private Client

2021 Chambers HNW Guide - Offshore Trusts - Cayman Islands - "I found him to be a phenomenal lawyer. He is very practical and can relate well with clients." Another local interviewee said he is "very diplomatic," adding that "he can softly get something to where it needs to be with everyone remaining happy and involved."

2021 Chambers HNW Guide - Offshore Trusts - BVI - 'he "knows both [BVI and Cayman] jurisdictions really well."

2021 Who's Who Legal - Recommended - Private Client

2021 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Trusts & Private Client - 'An all-round resource.’

2020 Who's Who Legal - Recommended - Private Client

2020 Chambers HNW Guide - Offshore Trusts - Cayman Islands - 'David Pytches is well regarded for his broad range of expertise in offshore trust matters. "He is highly responsive and gives excellent legal advice, but he also has good commercial nous," observers a trusts expert, who continues: "What distinguishes him from other lawyers is that he is someone who can advise us beyond just the legal issues." A US attorney notes that "he has a brilliant legal mind and is a very cerebral lawyer."'

2020 Chambers HNW Guide - Offshore Trusts - BVI - 'David Pytches of Walkers is a well-established offshore trusts and private client adviser and has a good reputation for his work in the high net worth market. He has extensive expertise in multi-jurisdictional wealth planning matters and wide-ranging experience with various overseas structures and local regulations.'

2020 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Trusts & Private Client - "David Pytches' return to the team strengthens an already very strong group"

2019 Chambers HNW Guide - "He is very reliable, pleasant and easy to work with" and "He is someone you can do business with. He is very practical and approachable"

2018 Chambers HNW Guide - "very easy to work with and comes up with strong solutions", "transactions go seamlessly"

2017-2018 Citywealth Leaders List - "an impressive trusts lawyer. He is responsible, technically able and pleasant to work with. He understands the needs of clients, and also the external law firms that retain him. His legal skills are complemented by his pragmatic approach.”

2017-2018 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - "very pragmatic and sensible"

David has been a Full Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners since 2003 and is a former council member of STEP's Cayman Islands branch.