• University College London, B.Sc. (Hons) molecular biology (2012)
  • University of Law, London, Graduate Diploma in Law (2013)
  • University of Law, London, Legal Practice Course (2014)


  • England and Wales


  • Mandarin (Fluent)

Pei-Jui (Philippa) Lai

+44 (0) 2073 824873

Philippa Lai is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Insolvency Practice in the firm’s London office. She has experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters, acting for corporates, insolvency practitioners, financiers, litigation funders, creditors, and private individuals (including company directors).

Philippa also has experience in real estate and property litigation, which she brings to the various property issues that arise in restructuring and insolvency cases.

She also speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.


Admitted to practice: England and Wales

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Member of R3 Association of Business Recovery Professionals
  • Member of R3’s New Professionals Committee (London and South East Region)

Representative Matters

  • Acting for the buyer in the restructuring of a technology company.
  • Acting for an administrator in obtaining an order for possession and sale of property within the High Court of Justice, Insolvency and Companies List, Urgent Interim Applications Court (which bypassed the traditional and lengthier County Court possession route).
  • Acting for administrators in obtaining administration orders with retrospective effect and the extension of such administrations, on the basis that the previous extensions were invalid.
  • Acting for a liquidator in a wrongful trading claim against a director, involving the company’s participation in missing trader fraud schemes.
  • Acting for a liquidator in a misfeasance claim against a director and shadow/de facto directors of a healthcare company for breach of statutory and fiduciary duties.
  • Acting for a liquidator in a misfeasance claim against former administrators.
  • Acting for a group of private individuals in the enforcement of judgment on a £400 million Ponzi scheme.
  • Acting for a lender in pursuing £4.5 million debts under personal guarantees.
  • Advising the office holder of a celebrity bankrupt on various insolvency issues.
  • Acting for a litigation funder in committal proceedings against two former directors following their breach of a worldwide freezing injunction order.

Speeches & Presentations

  • “Statement of Affairs and Estimated Outcome Statement,” R3 Insolvency Boot Camp (2022). Co-presenter: Philippa Lai.
  • “Decision Procedures and How to Apply in Practice,” R3 Insolvency Boot Camp (2022). Co-presenter: Philippa Lai.