William Fotherby focuses his practice on white-collar and securities matters. He acts for companies and individuals faced with serious criminal charges, often brought by the prosecuting authorities of different jurisdictions simultaneously. Most often these charges involve bribery, corruption or securities fraud. He also provides advice to state governments about criminal prosecution strategy, asset recovery and mutual legal assistance.
Mr Fotherby has acted for foreign states and individuals in often high-profile extradition matters. He also has extensive knowledge of British Overseas Territories law.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr Fotherby worked as a barrister and solicitor at Meredith Connell, the Office of the Crown Solicitor for Auckland, New Zealand. In that role, he conducted numerous jury trials and other criminal hearings. He also represented the New Zealand government on immigration matters, parole and habeas corpus hearings, defamation suits and other regulatory matters. He has argued appeals in criminal and civil cases up to and including the New Zealand Supreme Court.
As part of Dechert’s pro bono programme, he has helped a number of prisoners convicted of murder to challenge their convictions.