Dorothy Cory-Wright

Dorothy Cory-Wright Dechert complex commercial litigation lawyer London

Dorothy Cory-Wright


London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London, UK EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7599 | +44 20 7184 7001


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 also advises clients on Brexit-related issues.

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, she 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.

Ms. Cory-Wright has litigated and arbitrated in the United States and Bermuda. She writes and lectures both in the UK and overseas and takes arbitrator appointments. Who’s Who Legal describes her as a “brilliant lawyer” while Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession states that she is “a skilled litigator, who provides clients with ‘very astute and intuitive advice’” and “…highly respected, Dorothy Cory-Wright is a former barrister with ‘great knowledge of the area.’"

Ms. Cory-Wright was part of the team awarded “Investigation Team of the Year” at the C5 Women in Compliance Awards in March 2020. Ms. Cory-Wright has been consistently recognized as a leading individual for commercial litigation by the Legal 500 UK 2020, 2019 and 2018 editions, with clients stating that she “is very well connected, practical and commercial.” She is also ranked as a leading individual for banking litigation and recommended for civil fraud. She was recommended for banking litigation, insurance and reinsurance litigation and international arbitration in 2017, with clients describing her as “a big name and personality and very well respected.” In June 2019, Ms. Cory-Wright was honoured with an award for "Best in Litigation" at Euromoney's European Women in Business Law Awards 2019. Ms. Cory-Wright is also recognized in Chambers UK 2017 for litigation. Clients from the 2016 edition state that she is “fantastic” and describe her as a “very detail oriented, spirited and experienced lawyer.”  She is also recognized by Euromoney’s Insurance & Reinsurance and Women in Business Law Expert Guides 2019, a list of the world’s leading lawyers as chosen by their peers. In addition, Ms. Cory-Wright has been included as a “Litigation Star” in the Benchmark Litigation United Kingdom 2020 and Europe 2019 guides, as well as the 2021 and 2020 edition of Best Lawyers for litigation and insurance. In 2017, for the third consecutive year, Dorothy was honoured as the “Best in Insurance & Reinsurance” at the Euromoney LMG Women in Business Law Awards

  • The Monitor of HSBC, appointed under a Deferred Prosecution Agreement, on the Monitorship and Skilled Person’s Review of HSBC’s global business.
  • A committee of affected investors in relation to litigating the meaning of “balance sheet insolvency” as a trigger in a structured finance deal in the long running English Supreme Court case Eurosail.
  • The hedge fund creditors of Lehman Re in relation to litigating issues over entitlement to assets in Bermuda and advising on the resulting successful scheme of arrangement.
  • A manufacturer in relation to a breach of regulatory requirements over the composition of its product in the EU and Asia, investigating the problem with experts, considering a reporting strategy under REACH, managing the litigation threat from distributors, franchisees and consumers and litigation against component suppliers.
  • Bank of Cyprus on its litigation portfolio and corporate governance program ahead of its successful London Stock Exchange listing.
  • The Stewards of the Federation International D’Automobile leading the investigations on the “Spygate” and “Crashgate” issues, the latter described subsequently in The Times as “The Worst Act of Cheating in the History of Sport”.
  • A Texas-based oil company in connection with a confidential arbitration on the valuation relating to the sale of oil exploration and production rights.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • University of London, LL.B., 1982
  • England and Wales, Solicitor-Advocate – Higher Courts – Civil Proceedings
  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Ireland
  • Member of ArbitralWomen – The International Network of Women in Dispute Resolution