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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

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

The civil fraud practice at Dechert LLP fields a mix of commercial litigation and white-collar defence practitioners. The members are regularly involved in fraud investigations and the international recovery of assets. The group’s client portfolio includes multinational corporations, creditor groups, sovereign states and instrumentalities, debt holders, hedge funds and other financial institutions. Andrew Hearn is well versed in cross-border enforcement, while team leader Dorothy Cory-Wright specialises in contentious regulatory issues.

London > Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation

(Hall of Fame)

Dorothy Cory-Wright  – Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP handles cross-border insurance disputes of all types, including Lloyd’s-related matters and Bermuda Form arbitration. Coverage issues are a key area of instruction, along with a steady stream of mandates involving brokers’ negligence, disputes over complex hybrid reinsurance products and issues arising from insurer insolvency. Head of commercial disputes Dorothy Cory-Wright leads the practice, working alongside fellow senior litigator, Stephen Surgeoner .

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

(Leading individuals)

Dorothy Cory-WrightDechert LLP

Dechert LLP‘s banking litigation team is known for handling high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional banking disputes. It is led by former barrister Dorothy Cory-Wright , who specialises in complex commercial litigation and contentious regulatory issues. The team benefits from a wide international reach and counts on the expertise of Adam Silver , who specialises in financial litigation. Daniel Natoff was promoted to partner in January 2022.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

(Hall of Fame)

Dorothy Cory-WrightDechert LLP

Dechert LLP‘s reputation for expertly handling matters involving simultaneous litigation in multiple jurisdictions ensures that the firm is instructed by a steady stream of international corporations, creditor groups, sovereign states, hedge funds, and other financial institutions. Practice head Dorothy Cory-Wright is ably supported by a growing bench of capable partners, including Andrew Hearn (who is particularly noted for his involvement with cross-border enforcement efforts), fraud expert Adam Silver, and newly promoted Daniel Natoff.

London > Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

Dechert LLP recruited leading white-collar practitioner Judith Seddon as a co-head of its team from Ropes & Gray LLP in March 2022, adding significant expertise in multijurisdictional investigations into corporate fraud, money laundering, corruption, and regulatory violations brought by the SFO and FCA, as well as global prosecuting authorities. Seddon joins a team focused on international corporate representations against regulatory prosecutions and investigations, as well as internal investigations into both financial and regulatory malfeasance, co-led by dual US-qualified Roger Burlingame and Caroline Black, who is noted for her role in high-profile complex regulatory and internal investigations on behalf of a range of global businesses and financial institutions. Other key members of the team include Matthew Banham, who specialises in financial crime investigations and ESG-related matters, and Dorothy Cory-Wright, who played a key high-profile role advising the former Court of Appeal judge leading the investigation into the Financial Conduct Authority’s regulation of London Capital & Finance. Evan Flowers and Daniel Natoff were promoted to partnership in January 2022, while Simon Fawell and Matthew Cowie departed the firm in November 2021 and June 2022 respectively.