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David Cooney

Partner  |  Charles Russell Speechlys

England and Wales
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

I have just finished helping a multi-jurisdictional family to set up a new succession structure. Before we could do so we needed to deal with a fairly complicated history tracking back to the early 1960s. This involved a lot of complicated work unwinding a number of structures that had been neglected and badly administered over all those years. It was an interesting reminder of the mess that people can get themselves into if they do not take advice along the way.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

You should get out and start building your international network as early as possible in your career. The clients you will be dealing with are going to have assets in, and connections to, lots of different places. No single lawyer can deal with everything and so there’s going to come a time where your ability to help your clients is dependent on a strong network of people that you trust.

What is your favourite quote?

Coming from the North West of England, I think it would have to be “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.'' John Lennon used it as a lyric in Beautiful Boy, but it was around as a quote for a while before that. It helps me to focus on what’s really important in life.