Walkers advises on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey. We are experienced in all types of international and cross-border transactions covering a broad range of sectors with a particular focus on both contentious and non-contentious corporate and finance law, investment funds, private equity, structured products, capital markets, regulatory and risk advisory, and private capital and trusts.
Walkers delivers clear, concise and practical advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey.
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.
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 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Trusts & Private Client - 'An all-round resource.’
2020 Who's Who Legal - 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.
"He can softly get something to where it needs to be with everyone remaining happy and involved."
"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"