William Fotherby


William Fotherby


London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London, UK EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7476 | +44 20 7184 7001

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William Fotherby focuses his practice on white collar and securities matters. He acts for companies and individuals faced with serious criminal allegations, often involving bribery, corruption, or securities fraud. He also provides advice to state governments and private companies about criminal prosecution strategy. Finally, he has significant experience in civil litigation before the English courts. Exemplar representations at Dechert LLP include:

  • Representation of a high-frequency-trading firm facing charges of market manipulation in China in a high-profile and politically significant case.
  • Representing the CEO of a Middle-Eastern bank charged with criminal offences in several European jurisdicitons.  
  • Advising the government of a constituent emirate of the United Arab Emirates in relation to a multi-jurisdiction investigation into historic fraud amounting to over US 1 billion. 
  • Representing the CEO of one of the world’s largest banks in relation to the English consequences of a U.S. anti-trust investigation.  
  • Representing two high-net-worth individuals in their successful application to the High Court for release from a world-wide-freezing order because of non-disclosure by the applicant. Indemnity costs obtained from applicant.
  • Advice to the auditors of a company investigating allegations of corruption by employees of that company. 
  • Advising a private investment group facing allegations of criminal conduct in the Czech Republic. 

As part of Dechert’s pro-bono program, he has helped a number of prisoners convicted of murder to challenge their convictions and acts for individuals who challenge the refusal of welfare awards by the Department of Work and Pensions.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Fotherby worked as a criminal prosecutor in New Zealand. In that role, he conducted numerous jury trials and other criminal hearings, and argued cases up to and including the New Zealand Supreme Court.

  • The University of Auckland, LL.B., B.A., 2009, with honors, Editor-in-Chief of the Auckland University Law Review, Senior Prize in Law
  • The University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College, LL.M., First Class Honours, Leonard Coling Scholarship
  • *Admitted in New Zealand only