Typically in an orchestral score, there is additional vertical space above the string section. Sometimes this is to allow for rehearsal letters, tempo alterations, etc., but often it just exists to make it easier for the conductor to look down and instantly recognize Vln I. Layout Options/Vertical Spacing allows for a lot of settings, but unless I’m mistaken there’s no way to always create additional vertical space above/below certain staves in the score.
Finale’s solution is the “Add vertical space” button in the Setup Wizard. I’m not sure that’s really the best solution, but it does give the desired result.
If there was some way to tell Dorico to always attempt to add additional space above/below a certain staff for the entirety of the score, that would be very useful for fine-tuning score layout. If there’s an easy way to achieve this now that I’ve overlooked, please let me know, otherwise thanks for considering!