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

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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, 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. Who’s Who Legal describes Dorothy 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.’”

Dorothy is also recognized by Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers as a leading practitioner in her field. In addition, Ms. Cory-Wright has been included as a Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation Europe 2019. She is recognized as a leading individual for commercial litigation and is recognized for banking litigation, insurance and reinsurance litigation and international arbitration in The Legal 500 UK 2017, with clients describing her as “‘a big name and personality and very well respected.’” Ms. Cory-Wright is 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.” In 2017, for the third consecutive year, Dorothy was honoured as the “Best in Insurance & Reinsurance” at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Women in Business Law Awards. Dorothy has also been recognised in Euromoney's Expert Guides Women in Business Law 2018. Most recently, she has been included in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers for commercial litigation and insurance.

  • 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
  • Member of ArbitralWomen – The International Network of Women in Dispute Resolution