William Fotherby


William's practice focuses on civil litigation, regulatory advice, and internal investigation work.

William first worked for Meredith Connell between 2010 and 2014.  In 2014, he left to pursue an LLM at the University of Cambridge.  He graduated with first-class honours in 2015.

Between 2015 and 2019, he worked as an attorney in the London office an American law firm, in one of the top white-collar-crime practices in the world.

In 2017, he was admitted to the English Bar.

William returned to Meredith Connell in 2019.   Since that time, he has acted in cases involving allegations of wide-spread corporate fraud, suspected money-laundering, commercial property disputes, and intellectual-property issues. He also regularly advises on white-collar compliance and employment issues.    

  • Advising the government of a sovereign state in relation to a multi-jurisdiction investigation into historic fraud and corruption causing loss of over USD 1 Billion. Including responsibilities for significant prosecution, extradition, and asset-recovery advice to client, and engagement with multiple different national law-enforcement agencies, including INTERPOL.
  • Overseeing the successful application to the English High Court to release two high-net-worth individuals from a world-wide-freezing order because of non-disclosure by the litigation-funded applicant. Indemnity costs obtained (see Banca Turco Romana SA v Cortuk [2018] EWHC 662 (Comm) (28 March 2018)).
  • Representing a high-frequency trading firm facing charges of market manipulation in China following the 2015 Chinese futures crash, in a high-profile and politically significant case.
  • Counsel for the New Zealand subsidiaries of a large multinational company in the course of an internal investigation and subsequent litigation against its former directors and auditor involving allegations of widespread revenue fraud.
  • Advice and representation to a financial institution in litigation involving allegations of potential money-laundering by its customers.
  • Counsel in an arbitration for a public body involving a claim for payment for past infrastructure work.
  • Advice and representation for a financial institution applying for an equity-based crowd-funding licence from the Financial Markets Authority.
  • Advice on service of foreign proceedings in New Zealand. 

BA/LLB(Hons), Auckland University

LLM(Hons), Unversity of Cambridge, England

Other credentials


  • Co-author of “The Divergent Paths of Commonwealth Privacy Torts” chapter in Prof M. Hall (ed), The Canadian Law of Obligations: Private Law for the 21st Century and Beyond (LexisNexis, 2018).
  • Co-author of “Production of Information to Authorities” chapter in J. Seddon et al (eds), The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations (GIR, First ed. 2017, Second ed. 2018, Third ed. 2019).
  • Published articles appearing in the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal (UK), the New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, the New Zealand Law Journal, the Supreme Court Law Review (Canada), the Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice (Aus), the New Zealand Law Students’ Journal, and the Auckland University Law Review.   

Editorial Board, Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice (2017 to present).  

Called to the English Bar (Middle Temple,  2017). 

Leonard Coling Scholarship (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, 2015).

Barrie Connell Memorial Scholarship (2014).

Spencer Mason Travelling Scholarship in Law (2014)

Senior Prize in Law (University of Auckland, 2009).

Editor-in-Chief of the Auckland University Law Review (2008)