Seven Walkers lawyers, from three offices, have been ranked in Chambers and Partners' 2019 High Net Worth ("HNW") Guide. This is the highest number of Walkers lawyers ever ranked in the guide and also the inaugural year that the Walkers Guernsey team have been recognised in Chambers' HNW guide.
Walkers' Private Capital & Trusts partner David Pytches commented: "It is pleasing to see that our global growth and the value delivered by the Private Capital & Trusts team are recognised by clients and the legal directories."
Walkers Global Private Capital and Trusts group delivers highly commercial legal solutions across practice areas and sectors. We work with high-net-worth individuals, family businesses, family offices, private banks and trust companies and their advisers to provide timely, customised advice across jurisdictions that address the particular sensitivities of private capital clients.
The following lawyers have been singled out by Chambers and Partners:
David Pytches (Band 2), Cayman Islands: "is a "very well-respected practitioner," says one of his peers, describing him as "fabulous" and a "very safe pair of hands." A London lawyer notes that "he is very reliable, pleasant and easy to work with," and a market insider adds: "He is someone you can do business with. He is very practical and approachable"."
Robert Dobbyn (Band 2), Jersey: "provides advice on a broad spectrum of non-contentious trust and foundation matters. "He is very good and very thorough and really switched-on. He is methodical in the way he deals with things and is a good person to deal with for our HNW clients," reports an international lawyer."
Monique Bhullar (Band 3), Cayman Islands: "has "long-standing experience in the Cayman Islands," notes a fellow practitioner; "she is great, she is a safe pair of hands." The source adds: "She has a mountain of knowledge when it comes to Cayman laws and is particularly skilled when dealing with unit trusts." Another market source says Bhullar is "very practical, very timely and explains things in plain English"."
Shelley White (Band 3), Cayman Islands: "is a "strong litigator and a good lawyer," note sources. "She knows her way round disputes," says one lawyer, with another adding: "She is strong on private client litigation, she is an excellent advocate. She is one of the best advocates. She does a really great job in court, she is tenacious and prodigiously hard-working." A market insider says: "Her performance is excellent. She is very responsive, she really follows through with the advice she gives and makes sure the client is satisfied"."
Rajah Abusrewil (Band 3), Guernsey: "is described as being "very good on broad trust issues." She regularly advises fiduciary companies and banking and investment organisations on the full spectrum of non-contentious trust matters. Market sources describe her as "solid and reliable" and note that "her drafting is very good"."
Rupert Morris (Up & Coming), Guernsey: "is praised for his experience in contentious matters. A local source reports that "he is a strong litigator with trust experience," adding that "he is good at managing the details in a case and is always on top of things." Another Guernsey interviewee comments: "He is making a name for himself in this world; he understands the law very well"."
Lucy Diggle (Up & Coming), Cayman Islands: "is a "determined and effective trust litigator," says a peer, with another adding: "She is really impressive and will have a great future." Market insiders describe her as "very reliable and easy to work alongside," adding: "She is good on both wealth structuring and litigation. She can look at trust matters critically and see problems before they arise"."
"Walkers is highly regarded in the Cayman market for advising high net worth individuals, private banks and trust companies on local and international trust matters." The Cayman practice retained its Band 1 status.
"The trusts and wealth structuring group in Jersey has recently expanded, and a market insider comments that "the momentum is with them as these Caribbean firms are now investing a lot in the Channel Islands - they made some key hires and are investing heavily." The Jersey practice retained its Band 2 status.
"The team in Guernsey is seen as "growing" and can offer extensive cross-border advice on international private client matters. The firm can also handle trust litigation and provides high-level dispute resolution advice in relation to contentious matters." The Guernsey practice entered the rankings for the first time and is ranked in Band 3.
The Chambers HNW guide ranks the top lawyers and law firms for international private wealth. The guide also recommends leading accountancy firms, private banks, wealth managers, trust companies and other professional advisers to HNW and UHNW clients around the world.