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Dechert LLP

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Dorothy Cory-Wright

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Dechert LLP

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Commercial Disputes




Dorothy Cory-Wright is a highly experienced lawyer advising on complex commercial litigation, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and contentious regulatory issues including monitorships. She works with her clients in regulatory and internal investigations, including advising on corporate self-governance programs. Her cases are frequently multi-jurisdictional, critical to her clients and often involve issues of global market importance.
Ms. Cory-Wright's practice spans many sectors including financial services with clients across the panoply including banks, funds, private equity houses, insurers and reinsurers, also manufacturing, life sciences, energy and sport among others. She has particular experience in litigating disputes over new complex financial products and issues arising in restructuring and insolvencies. Having trained and practiced as a Barrister and now a Solicitor-Advocate, Dorothy regularly performs the advocacy in her matters. In addition to her legal skills, knowledge of procedure of both the English High Court and arbitration and how these can be employed to clients’ tactical advantage commercial acumen and strategic approach are key to resolving disputes to clients’ satisfaction.
Dorothy has litigated and arbitrated in the United States and Bermuda. She writes and lectures both in the UK and overseas and takes arbitrator appointments.




  • England and Wales, Solicitor-Advocate – Higher Courts – Civil Proceedings
  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Member of ArbitralWomen – The International Network of Women in Dispute Resolution


  • University of London, LL.B, 1982

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Dechert LLP 's London team advises on multi-jurisdictional litigation and investigations, with areas of expertise including bribery, corruption, money laundering and international recovery of assets. In the finance sector, the firm advises on issues of market abuse, insider dealing, internal policies and procedures, mis-selling of financial products and disclosure of confidential information. Clients include financial institutions, hedge funds, banks, insurance companies, technology companies, manufacturers, payment service providers, high-net worth-individuals, sovereign states and major corporates. Dorothy Cory-Wright joined as a partner from Sidley Austin LLP in mid-2018 and now co-heads the team alongside Neil Gerrard, while the practice was also boosted during the year by the addition of Roger Burlingame from Kobre & Kim LLP.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Leading individuals

Dorothy Cory-Wright - Dechert LLP

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Dechert LLP recently hired Sidley Austin LLP's former global litigation co-head Dorothy Cory-Wright  as its commercial disputes head. 'The team has a great deal of strength in terms of intellectual firepower and sector experience' and it frequently acts for commercial and investment banks and financial institutions before the English and international courts. Adam Silver is noted for financial litigation, fraud matters and contentious insolvency, while Stephen Surgeoner and Andrew Hearn  are also key advisers.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Dorothy Cory-Wright - Dechert LLP

Within: Commercial litigation

Dechert LLP  'has good ability to think strategically and give clients sound advice, from a general commercial and strategic perspective as well as a legal one'. The London practice fields complex commercial litigators who are best known for handling high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional disputes on behalf of  financial institutions, global corporations, high-net-worth individuals, corporate and sovereign debtholders, and investment funds. Commercial disputes head Dorothy Cory-Wright and counsel John Bedford joined  in 2018 from Sidley Austin LLP, while the other names to note are Andrew Hearn, Adam Silver and Stephen Surgeoner, along with senior associate Daniel Natoff. Former commercial disputes head Bernard Caulfield retired from the firm.

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