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Work Department

Private Capital & Trusts


David Cooney is a Group Partner in Walkers’ Guernsey Private Capital & Trusts team specialising in complicated wealth planning structures spanning multiple jurisdictions.

David’s practice focuses primarily on advice to trustees in relation to private client structures with a BVI, Cayman or Guernsey connection. For several years he has also been advising in relation to foundation, trust and company structures holding crypto-currency assets, along with the associated related regulatory issues.

He has almost 20 years’ experience in private practice in Guernsey, Switzerland, England and the Cayman Islands, and is recognised for the quality of his work by Chambers and Partners, Chambers HNW and Legal 500.

David advises trustees, HNWIs and families, family offices and charitable organisations on the use of trust, foundation and private trust company structures for asset protection and succession planning purposes.

David is a UK Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is also currently a member of the STEP Guernsey Council. He has previously served on the STEP Council in England, the Cayman Islands and Switzerland.


Prior to joining Walkers’ Guernsey team in 2022, David practised with another offshore firm in Guernsey for two years. Before that he was a partner with Charles Russell Speechlys in Zurich for three years, and prior to that he was a partner in an offshore firm in the Cayman Islands, where he worked for five years as head of the Private Client and Trusts Team, for the Caribbean region.

David trained and qualified as an English Solicitor in 2003, and worked for leading regional firms in the UK before moving offshore.

Admitted In:

BVI – 2014

Cayman – 2012

England & Wales – 2003

Lawyer Rankings

Guernsey > Private client, trusts and tax

Walkers fields a growing team, with a strength in non-contentious private capital and trusts work. The department is led by Rupert Morris, whose practice encompasses all forms of trust and structuring work, in addition to a growing amount of instructions relating to decentralised autonomous organisation structures. Rajah Abusrewil is the name to note for wealth structuring issues. Recently promoted senior associate Nitrisha Doorasamy is a specialist in trust, foundation and family office structures. In April 2022, the group was joined by David Cooney from Collas Crill.